‘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.

Enhancing your ability to critically reflect

Enhancing your ability to critically reflect
Enhancing your ability to critically reflect

This chapter will concentrate on guidance and support on enhancing your ability to reflect. Consideration will be given as to why and how to undertake critically reflective writing, including exploration of different reflection models. The chapter will also explore verbal reflection in supervision and informal discussion, and personal ongoing reflection. As with previous chapters, there will be a discussion on collaborative learning with your practice educator.

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