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Description

Do you want to learn more about the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work practice

This course, An introduction to social work, begins by introducing key ideas, values, the social work process and the skills needed for social work practice in the UK. You will then move on to look at social work with individuals. Finally this OpenLearn course considers reflective practice.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • identify why biography is important
  • understand how identity and attachment theory contribute to social work practice
  • recognise what qualities service users/carers value in social workers
  • understand what values are integral to a professional social worker’s identity
  • understand what it means to practise reflectively.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:10:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:10:00
    • Key ideas in social work 00:10:00
    • Knowledge 00:10:00
    • Values, ethics and anti-oppressive practice 00:15:00
    • The social work process 00:10:00
    • Skills 00:10:00
    • Focusing on the individual 00:10:00
    • Biography 00:10:00
    • Your life story 00:05:00
    • Biography as history 00:10:00
    • Children with disabilities 00:20:00
    • Placing biography in context 00:10:00
    • Viewing policies in context 00:10:00
    • Relationship-based social work 00:10:00
    • Identity and identities 00:10:00
    • Self-identity 00:10:00
    • Complex identities 00:15:00
    • Self-definition 00:05:00
    • Ascribed identity 00:15:00
    • Spoiled identities: stigma 00:15:00
    • Psychosocial theories of development 00:10:00
    • Attachment theory and social work 00:20:00
    • Disrupted attachments 00:05:00
    • The impact of early experiences 00:15:00
    • Understanding identity 00:15:00
    • Developing a professional social work identity 00:05:00
    • Empathy 00:15:00
    • Service users’ perceptions 00:20:00
    • Values and ethical practice 00:10:00
    • Personal values 00:05:00
    • Social work values 00:15:00
    • Ethics and professionalism: being accountable 00:15:00
    • Bringing your learning together in reflective practice 00:10:00
    • Consolidating your learning 00:10:00
    • Reflection as a process of integration 00:15:00
    • Cycle of learning 00:20:00
    • Developing your own reflective skills 00:05:00
    • Being self-aware in reflective practice 00:15:00
    • Developing your self-awareness 00:05:00
    • Supervision as a tool for self-awareness 00:15:00
    • Reflective writing 00:15:00
    • Conclusion 00:10:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:15:00

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