This book is a quick and accessible reference guide to the key concepts that social work students and professionals need to understand to be effective. The authors place practice at the center of the text, and include a host of case examples to bring the concepts to life.

Examining the essential topics of the social work curriculum, the concepts covered relate to practice, theory, policy and personal challenges. Further reading is included in each entry, so that the reader can explore what they have learned in more detail.

This book will be an invaluable resource for social work students during their studies and on their practice placement. It will also be useful for qualified social workers, who want to continue their professional education.

Practice Education

Practice education
AidanWorsley and LesleyLittler


Within the broad spectrum of professional social work, practice education takes on a particular hue. Qualifying students find that some 50 per cent of their studies are completed on placement in a work setting with a practice educator as a supervisor. Post-qualifying learning likewise draws on work-based learning notions and the current structure of the Approved Mental Health Practitioner Programmes still maintain a required placement element. Practice education is arguably the key component of professional training and development in social work. Requirement 6 of the Code of Practice for employees (GSCC, 2004) includes the notion that workers are responsible for maintaining and improving their knowledge and skills. This should include training towards professional development as well as the learning and development ...

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