‘How can I succeed in my placement?’ Your placement is a crucial part of your social work training - not only will a successful placement set you up to succeed in the rest of your degree, but it is also your chance to experience what real social work practice is like. This practical guide will takes you step by step through your social work placement, guiding you through what you will be expected to do, and helping you to make the most of your placement. You will learn how to apply the theory and skills you’ve learnt in practice, to your own observations as well as to your placement portfolio, and how to gain the feedback you need. The books is packed full of hands-on advice, alongside a variety of learning features: student voices talking about their own placement experiences, chapter checklists, reflective tasks, and potential placement pitfalls and opportunities which demonstrate different ways to approach situations you may encounter on placement.

Understanding your social work skills, knowledge and values in your professional practice

Understanding your social work skills, knowledge and values in your professional practice
Understanding your social work skills, knowledge and values in your professional practice

This chapter will provide discussion on the need for the social work student to develop understanding of a breadth of skills, including professionalism, the ability to apply theory to practice and the skill of understanding their own and other’s values, discussing often complex ethical dilemmas. The student will be asked to reflect throughout on their own skill development and the holistic nature of being a social worker.

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