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How to Promote Professional Competence and Identity in Social Work Students


Roulston, A and Cleak, H and Vreugdenhil, A, How to Promote Professional Competence and Identity in Social Work Students, 11th International Practice Teaching and Field Education Conference, 4-6th April, Belfast, pp. 9. (2016) [Conference Extract]


In increasingly challenging fiscal times, practitioner’s workloads are ever increasing, with work becoming more and more complex as thresholds for services become higher. There is a threat therefore, that the supply of willing, able and motivated practice educators/supervisors may dry up, as practitioners struggle to find adequate time and support within agencies, to support and assess students in practice. I start by considering the multifaceted tasks inherent in supervising, assessing and supporting students from a range of professions, in clinical or practice placements. Further, the complexities of the practice educator role will be explored, by thinking about the highs, lows, dilemmas, challenges but also the joys that can occur when working with students in practice settings. I lastly consider how standards in practice education can be further developed and improved, and how practice educators/supervisors will remain motivated to carry on training a new generation of practitioners, given such challenging financial times.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Social work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Ability and disability
UTAS Author:Vreugdenhil, A (Associate Professor Anthea Vreugdenhil)
ID Code:112161
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-10-28
Last Modified:2016-10-28

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