Uses skills-based training to teach interpersonal skills and professional practice in different settings.
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 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)||$1,655.16|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- SOWK 320
- Limited to
- MSCW (Applied), PGDipSW
- More information link
View more information on Social and Community Work programme website
- Teaching staff
Course co-ordinators and lecturers: 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 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.
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.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- 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.