Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Practice Workshops 4

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Social Policy and Social Work

DESCRIPTION The principal objective of this study-unit is the integration and consolidation of knowledge, skills and abilities for social work practice. The study-unit will involve both the revisiting of material covered during the earlier stages of the course and the introduction of new knowledge and skills. Participatory learning methods will be adopted.

Topics covered include:

- Application of Problem Solving Method
- Recording
- Personal Safety of Social Workers
- Health and Safety
- Minutes
- Court Reports and Case Conference Reports
- Meetings
- Supervision and Accountability

Study Unit Aims:

1. To help students integrate and consolidate knowledge, skills and abilities for social work practice;
2. To re-visit material covered during earlier stages of the course in order to highlight application to practice;
3. To introduce new knowledge and skills that will help students prepare for Placement B and their practice;
4. To offer students the opportunity to test their skills through experiential learning methods.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge and Understanding
By the end of this study-unit the students will be able:

• To describe different forms of recording and their uses in practice;
• To explain the tasks involved in minute taking;
• To explain some key notions about the personal safety of social workers and Health and Safety Issues in Social Work;
• To define social work supervision and articulate the main functions of supervision;
• To explain the objectives of Case Conferences;
• To list the contents of a Court Report.

By the end of the study-unit the students will be able:

• To critically appraise the supervision they have received during their practice placements;
• To analyse examples of Case Conference minutes;
• To roleplay a meeting and critically appraise it;
• To assess the Health and Safety measures adopted in the agencies they are familiar with.

Main Texts:

- Compton, B., Galaway, B. and Cournoyer, B.R. (2005) Social Work Processes. (7th ed.) California: Brooks/Cole.
- Gambrill, E. (2013). Social Work Practice: A Critical Thinker’s Guide. (3rd ed.). New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Kadushin, A. and Kadushin, G. (2013). The Social Work Interview. (5th ed.). New York: Columbia University Press.
- Trevithick, P. (2012). Social Work Skills: a practice handbook. (3rd ed.). Buckingham and Philadelphia: Open University Press.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Maureen Cole

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