Over 75 insightful illustrations highlight almost every common issue that students face in their field work and demonstrate how each situation can be handled. Clearly identified topics in each chapter guide social work students through the many pitfalls and relationships of field work, including how to enter an agency and what professional comportment looks like. A focus on key relationships (with field instructor, agency staff, faculty advisor, authority, and the all-important client relationship) helps prepare students for effective social work practice. Second and third person narration offers a personal approach to field work to keep readers engaged. Practice illustrations, examples from field programs, and guidelines help students review and master key skills. Useful strategies for dealing with the many conflicting demands of family and friends and ways of managing the effects of personal history on field work help students deal with the feelings and challenges they will encounter in the intricate relationships they must sustain with clients, field instructors, and faculty advisors.

Developing Social Work Competencies in the Foundation Year

Developing social work competencies in the foundation year


Students face ongoing challenges in trying to develop skills while doing the right thing for clients. They may be confused about how to use a skill or are uncertain about what exactly is the “right thing.” Students have to develop a skill set and social work competencies. But they have to do this in the minute by minute affective exchange with clients. Since competency attainment involves a relationship with clients, the student has to exercise emotional creativity in the learning process. The demand for artistry poses a challenge. This chapter shows you how objectively identified competencies are attained in the ongoing and repetitive practice situation.

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