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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Practice Learning in Social Work

ISBN 9781137388001
Publication Date December 2015
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Practical Social Work Series

Learning through practice lies at the heart of social work education, providing the opportunity for students to develop and employ the skills, experience and knowledge they need to become effective social workers. This exciting new addition to Palgrave's Practical Social Work series provides an integrated and user-friendly approach to practice learning by putting placements within a broader learning framework. Rather than treating placements as an isolated aspect of the social work degree, Practice Learning in Social Work shows how they are relevant to all aspects of the social work experience.

Divided in to three parts, this book's pragmatic approach mirrors students' own journey as they progress from preparation for practice, through to actual experience, and then beyond this to support personal and professional development right up to qualification as a Newly Qualified Social Worker.

With a strong emphasis on service users and carers as central stake holders, Practice Learning in Social Work illustrates the practical nature of the profession with realistic case scenarios based on real life learning experiences, reflective learning exercises and practice led research references throughout. Progress checklists, linked to the Professional Capabilities Framework, also provide readers with the opportunity to assess their own strengths and learning needs.

Jennifer Burton is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Buckinghamshire New University, UK.

1. Introduction
PART I: PREPARATION FOR SOCIAL WORK PLACEMENTS
2. Key Skills for Social Work Practice
3. Developing Social Work Skills
4. Preparing for the First Placement
PART II: EXPERIENCING SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE ON PLACEMENT
5. Early Days on Placement
6. Getting Established on Placement
7. Overcoming Barriers on Placement
8. The Placement Structure and Placement Evaluation
PART III: PROGRESSING FROM PLACEMENTS TO SOCIAL WORK EMPLOYMENT
9. The Newly Qualified Social Worker.

Reviews

This has come at the right time, degree programs are changing and the introduction of PCF's rather that National occupational standards needs to be discussed and put into an accessible format for students on social work degree programs. This book focuses on the students practice learning opportunities and incorporated activities and reflection and has been written to benefit both the student and practitioner (PE's/lecturers)' – Von Kelso, University of Hull
'The book is a good starting point for the preparation for practice, building on skills development for the final year and as a newly qualified worker. Reference to the PCF will be helpful for students to begin to use the criteria in a meaningful way.' – Lesley Parish, North East Worcestershire College
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