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April 8, 2022


180 Days


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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.


This short course will introduce you to the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the knowledge and theory associated with social work practice. You will then move on to looking at social work with individuals, exploring the importance of biography. Finally, you will consider the reflective practice. Reflective activities will enable you to apply learning from your own life and/or practice, as well as a new learning from this course, to your current situation.

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
  • Recognize 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

    • Key ideas in social work 00:10:00
    • Knowledge 00:30:00
    • Values, ethics and anti-oppressive practice 00:40:00
    • The social work process 00:30:00
    • Skills 00:30:00
    • Focusing on the individual 00:20:00
    • Biography 03:10:00
    • Identity and identities 03:00:00
    • Developing a professional social work identity 03:00:00
    • Bringing your learning together in reflective practice 03:00:00
    • Conclusion 00:10:00

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