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Social Work Practice Learning

Social Work Practice Learning

December 2013 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book provides essential knowledge and skills to address all the new social work education requirements for placements and practice learning. It will help you successfully pass your compulsory social work placement whilst meeting the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for Social Workers and developing their professional practice.

Giving examples of the PCF plus clear exercises, strategies and tips, the book:

-Introduces your students to social work in the context of contemporary reforms.

-Takes you through each stage of the new placement structure explaining supervision, reflective practice and critical thinking in social work.

-Addresses trouble shooting and problem solving on placement.

-Helps you prepare for complex casework with individuals, families, groups and communities; address risk in social work; and engage with diverse groups and communities.

By using this book, you'll be armed with the tools you need to get the most out of your placement.

David Edmondson is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Manchester Metropolitan University

The Idea of Social Work: A Brief Introduction
The New Professional Capabilities Framework and Revised Placement Structure
Planning and Beginning your Placement
Understanding Values and Ethics
Translating Values and Ethics into Practice
Assessment and Evidencing your Practice Learning
Introducing Risk in the Context of Social Work Practice Learning
Using Supervision, Reflective Practice and Critical Thinking
Understanding Problem Solving
Getting Ready for Professional Practice

This is a very accessible book which I believe clearly outlines many of the situations and experiences which a student encounters and which can contribute to their learning.

Karen Hillison
Practice Lecturer in Social Work, University of Hull

This timely book will be a godsend to both students and practice educators studying or new to the role.

Thorough examination of the practice learning process peppered with reference links and reflective activities makes this an engaging and accessible text. Thoroughly recommended!

Donna Jones
Practice Learning & Development Manager, Royal Holloway University of London

I feel this an excellent book which gives the student a step-by-step guide to Practice Learning and all the areas they need  to know about undertaking a Placement. I like how the author included young people's views. This book will also be very useful to new and experienced Practice Educators.

Elaine Flynn
Practice Learning and Placement Manager, Sheffield Hallam University

A lively and engaging book which can be viewed as a supportive text for students as they embark upon their practice placements.

Miss Jackie Yaskey
Social Work and Health Development, University of Greenwich
May 5, 2015

A key text for social work practice.

Ms Jackie Yaskey
Social Work and Health Development, University of Greenwich
October 1, 2015

I have recommended this book to students preparing for placement and practice educators. It gives practical, common sense advice about the nature and purpose of placements, and helps to reassure all concerned that they are able to successfully complete this challenging aspect of social work training.

Mr Richard Brook
Social Work & Psychosocial Studies, University of East Anglia
February 25, 2015

This is a uesful text with practical and detailed information to support student learning on placement.

Ms Olwen Summerscales
Social Work, Ruskin College Oxford
February 18, 2015

The book is a good learning companion for students, practitioners and educators alike as it provides diverse approaches to practice and helps to link it to theory, especially in identifying the Professional Capabilities Framework. It provides some useful and effective exercises in preparation for placements.

Social Work , Canterbury Christ Church University
December 10, 2014

Timely book offering students embarking on practice placements a good overview of key areas if practice and skill.
Linkage to the PCF is great for students trying to get their head around what each domain means.
Text simple and inclusive.

Miss Akilah Moseley
Social therapeutic & community studies , Goldsmiths College
December 9, 2014

This is a useful and engaging book for students to access prior to and while on placement.

Dr Gillian Constable
Division of Social Work, Glasgow Caledonian University
November 13, 2014

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