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Introductory study and application of social work roles and skills in preparation for practice.
This paper prepares students for their fieldwork placements. The goals of this professional practice paper are based on learning basic interpersonal skills that will assist students to engage purposefully with the clientele of social services. This means 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 (On campus)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$913.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,073.40|
- SOWK 420, SOWK 570, SOWX 320, SOWX 420
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- 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
- This paper combines 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.
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