Office of Interprofessional Education
Interprofessional Education (IPE) at Iona University
Interprofessional Education is the practice of learning about, from and with each other. Generally involving students from at least two different disciplines, the goal of IPE is always to collaborate together to improve outcomes.
The following programs participate in IPE at Iona University:
- Communication Science & Disorders (Graduate Program)
- Marriage & Family Therapy
- Mental Health Counseling
- Occupational Therapy
- School Psychology
- Social Work
Iona University will be globally recognized as a training and consultative leader in interprofessional education and practice. Iona graduates will become professionals known for offering high-quality collaborative services across the lifespan in healthcare, educational and community settings.
The mission of the Iona University IPE Initiative is to develop equity-minded practitioners for excellence in interprofessional collaborative practice and to advance the field of interprofessional education.
1. Develop reflective practitioners who are:
- Aware of how personal and professional positionalities influence and impact upon their relationships with other professionals and those they serve;
- Committed to ethical, person-centered interprofessional practice;
- Skilled in interprofessional communication that fosters high quality, integrated service delivery;
- Capable of delivering trauma-sensitive, culturally-responsive services within their practice communities;
- Adept in the use of self-care strategies that allow them to persist in their professions;
- Poised to serve as effective change agents in the pursuit of racial, social, economic, and environmental justice; and
- Equipped to advocate for interprofessional practice.
2. Provide support and resources for interprofessional initiatives in educational, healthcare, and community settings.
3. Advocate for systemic change in educational and healthcare systems to create environments that are supportive of interprofessional practice.
4. Advance research in interprofessional education, training, and practice.
Interprofessional Education (IPE) Field Opportunities
Interprofessional Education (IPE) at Iona University is partnering with community organizations to offer exciting new field opportunities for students.
Interprofessional Education: A Signature Feature of an Iona Professional Degree
Interprofessional Education (IPE) is an innovative competency-based approach to the preparation of healthcare and education professionals for effective interprofessional collaborative practice. At its core, IPE brings students from varied professional disciplines together to “learn with, from and about” one another for the purposes of enhancing the quality of service delivery, improving health and education outcomes , supporting provider well-being, and actively engaging in the pursuit of health and educational equity, while also maximizing cost effectiveness. At Iona, IPE is fully integrated into the discipline-specific curricula of graduate programs in Communication Science & Disorders, Marriage & Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, Occupational Therapy, School Psychology and undergraduate programs in Childhood Education, Nursing and Social Work.
Grounded in nationally established Interprofessional Collaborative Practice competencies (IPEC, 2016), instructional IPE modules are embedded in courses throughout IPE students’ curricula to support scaffolded learning and progressive movement toward interprofessional collaborative practice competency attainment. IPE Foundation modules are delivered in the context of fall and spring full-day retreats, which are then followed by training in culturally responsive and affirming practice as well as health and educational equity, Sim-Lab IPE experiences, and opportunities for IPE Field Fellowships. Additionally, IPE students are trained in the evidence-based Mind UP curriculum/intervention.
Focus of IPE
Big Goals Of IPE:
The Quintuple AIM
- Advance Health Equity
- Enhance provider experience
- Improve service/care outcomes
- Enhance service recipient experience
- Improve cost and effectiveness of care/service
IPE Core Competencies:
IPEC "Core 4"
1. Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Pracice
- Work together with mutual respect and shared values.
- Shared acknowledgement of each participating team member's roles and abilities.
3. Interprofessional Communication
- Communicate in a responsible manner that supports a team approach.
4. Teams and Team Work
- Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics.