‘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.
It is hoped that this book has supported you to navigate a social work placement successfully. The philosophy of the book has been to ask you to engage with learning opportunities enthusiastically, both in order to get that all-important pass in placement and, far more importantly, to maximise your development as a social work student. The philosophy of the book throughout has been twofold. First, that the more you put into placement, the more you will get out of placement. A learning opportunity is only that: an opportunity. You have to be motivated and committed to your own learning to in order to take advantage of that learning opportunity. By reflecting on your strengths and developing your skills in all areas of placement, ...