Introductory study and application of social work roles and skills in preparation for practice.
This paper prepares students for fieldwork placements. The goals of this professional practice paper are based on learning basic interpersonal skills. This will assist students to engage purposefully with the clientele of social services. This involves assisting students to understand and apply a range of social work skills in different social service contexts.
|Paper title||Introduction to Professional Practice|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1
Semester 1 (Distance learning)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$955.05|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- SOWK 420, SOWK 570, SOWX 320, SOWX 420
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- More information link
View more information on the Social and Community Work programme website
- Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinators: Susan Wason and Louie Claasen
- Paper Structure
- The paper will include topics related to practice skills. The paper will cover communication skills as well as skills required for placement and practice.
- Teaching Arrangements
The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.
This paper comprises three-hour weekly workshops that include role-plays, discussions, observations, readings, and individual and group work. The skill-based learning framework should enable students to cover the course content and assessment requirements and participate cooperatively and supportively with fellow students.
Required: Rogers, M., Whitaker, D., Edmondson, D., Peach, D. (2020). Developing Skills and Knowledge for Social Work Practice 2nd edition. London; Thousand Oaks, California; Sage.
- Course outline
- A course outline will be made available at the commencement of the paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will:
- Understand the integrated application of the ecological model to social work practice
- Have developed competence in basic interpersonal skills
- Have satisfactorily completed a 'readiness for practice' test