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Added content regarding the Affordable Care Act and its implications for teamwork. Expanded on families in team, research findings on the impact on client outcomes, and trends including new collaborative models. Updated references.

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date: 23 October 2020

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Teams maximize the coordinated expertise of various professionals. Social work skills used with clients, especially contracting, monitoring team processes, managing conflict, creating a climate of openness, and developing and supporting group cohesion, need to be purposefully utilized in practice with teams. Social workers can improve team functioning by supporting families and clients as active team members and by addressing ethical issues, including confidentiality and the competence and ethics of team members. Although there is some outcome-based research on teams, more is needed. Emerging trends in this field include embedding the notion of teams in a wider web of collaborative activities, including those mandated by the Affordable Care Act, and giving attention to teams as a vital part of social work education.

Keywords: collaboration, family, group, interdisciplinary, interprofessional, teamwork, community

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