Experience as Educator: The Journey from Clinician to Practice-Based Researcher

  • Sarah Kye Price George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University

Abstract

This narrative reconstructs the author's experiences as project director of the Women's Wellness Initiative. The benefits and challenges of community-based research in the "real world" are illustrated through the story of her experience from the first conceptualization of the project through its implementation and pending closure. At the same time, her own professional growth is challenged both by roots in clinical social work practice and education in social work research during her doctoral program. Through reflection, this narrative provides the opportunity to see inside project leadership as well as inside the development of a practice-based researcher. Ultimately, it contains lessons designed to increase the fluency of both researchers and practitioners in the language of community collaboration and empowerment.

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