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Making the Most of Your Social Work Placement

Making the Most of Your Social Work Placement

November 2019 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This practical guide takes students step by step through what they're expected to do while on placement with lots of hands-on advice and learning features. It helps students apply the theory and skills they've learnt to practice, to their observations as well as in the placement portfolio. It shows how a relationship with service users can be cultivated and how to gain the feedback they need. Features include: 

  • Practice Educator's expectations
  • Student's experience/voices
  • Case study of contrasting students journey through placement
  • Reflective tasks 
  • Potential placement/portfolio pitfalls
  • Assessment Activity
  • Diagrams/figures 
  • Chapter checklist
  • Key terms/glossary
  • Further reading 

Chapter One - Getting to know yourself as a learner
Chapter Two - Fulfilling the university process within a placement
Chapter Three - Establishing a relationship with your practice educator
Chapter Four - Cultivating a relationship with service users and carers
Chapter Five - Understanding your social work skills, knowledge and values in your professional practice
Chapter Six - Enhancing your ability to critically reflect
Chapter Seven - Responding positively to constructive feedback
Chapter Eight - Evidencing your capability on placement
Chapter Nine - Writing your academic assignment

A book for students and practice educators alike - general and creative ideas for successful placements.

Mrs Toni Benaton
Britannia Mill Campus, Derby University
May 2, 2019

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