If social work students are to flourish in their careers, and go beyond a basic sense of ‘competence’ in practice, it is essential to develop a sense of Professional Self. This book will help students develop critical understanding of their own social work practice, and the tools and skills required to become a professional social worker.

Being a social work professional

Malcolm Payne

Being a social work professional

Being a social work professional
Malcolm Payne

Introduction

What does practising as a professional social worker mean? I argue that understanding the debates about what a profession is offers you guidance about how to be a good professional. Many people feel that professionalisation, the process of becoming a professional, produces traps for the unwary that may diminish the flexibility of our work, create social distance between practitioners and service users or disadvantage service users inappropriately. But I argue that good practice enables us to overcome many of these problems. Changes in how services are organised has led many social workers to be concerned about de-professionalisation, the process of moving away from practice that treats service users holistically, and instead contributes to ...

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