Worried about your social work placement? You’re not alone; many students find their placement one of the toughest aspects of their training. But placements can also offer a rewarding and invigorating approach to learning. They provide a chance to put your knowledge into practice and actually 'do' some social work.
From day one of your first placement until the end of your last, this unique survival guide can support you in getting the most out of your placement. Written in a straightforward, down-to-earth style, this text offers:
—practical tips, exercises and advice to build confidence, enabling you to take control of your own learning
—support in aspects of your professional development, including dealing with difficult situations should these arise
—help to improve your critical thinking skills as well as encouraging reflective practice.
From authors with extensive experience of social work education and practice, Surviving Your Social Work Placement draws directly on the advice of past and present social work students. This is a book that you can rely upon again and again as a rich source of ideas and guidance at any stage of your social work training.
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About the Author
ROBERT LOMAX is Staff Tutor, HSC South West Region for The Open University, UK.
KAREN JONES is Professional Lead and Senior Lecturer in Social Work in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of West of England, UK. She is the co-author of Best Practice in Social Work, also published by Palgrave Macmillan.
SARAH LEIGH is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of the West of England, UK.
CHRIS GAY is Practice Learning Co-ordinator at South Gloucestershire Council, UK.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Getting Started
Chapter 2 Learning in Practice
Chapter 3 Using Theory in Practice
Chapter 4 Keeping Service Users Central to Your Learning and Practice
Chapter 5 Supervision
Chapter 6 Being Assessed
Chapter 7 Managing Stress on Placement
Chapter 8 Troubleshooting
Chapter 9 Moving on From Your Placement
Appendix A National Occupational Standards for Social Work (England)