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Unit description

Comprises the final social work honours placement. Engages students in 500 hours of supervised social work practice in a human service organisation. Students have access to regular supervision in accordance with AASW requirements. Develops professional skills, including research skills, knowledge and values based on the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) practice standards for social work. Transfers learning gained from other course work units, including honours units, to practice in a real organisation.

Unit content

  • Forming, maintaining and ending professional and ethical relationships with clients, colleagues, supervisors, and others.
  • Engaging and communicating effectively, informed by critical reflection, with stakeholders from diverse populations across a range of interdisciplinary settings.
  • Understanding the social work role and strategically influencing teams and groups within the workplace.
  • Engaging in critical self-reflection based on the integration of theory, practice and contemporary research, including through making effective use of supervision.
  • Disseminating aspects of Honours research project, including presenting research findings to colleagues and other professionals.
  • Critically evaluating own practice and identifying future learning needs by gaining feedback from clients, colleagues, supervisors and community members.
  • Developing, implementing and using research to inform social work practice and policy change.
  • Understanding social work and leadership roles within human service organisations and the health and community service sector.
  • Developing a professional social work identity and practice framework that draws on a wide range of social work knowledge.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1form, maintain and end professional and ethical social work relationships with clients, colleagues, and supervisors in a human service organisation at the level of a beginning practitioner
2demonstrate and critically reflect on effective engagement, communication, practice skills, and intervention approaches with clients, colleagues, supervisors and other key stakeholders, across a range of interdisciplinary settings
3analyse the organisation, its location within wider social systems and its relationship with other organisations, such as auspicing bodies and funding agencies and implications for the role of social work and delivery of social work services to clients
4demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking and analysis in relation to one's own research project and relevance to social work theory and practice
5use and critically reflect on social work knowledge, including theoretical and research knowledge, to inform social work identity, practice and policy change, and draw on this to develop a multi-faceted practice framework
6engage in professional supervision to increase learning about social work practice, evaluation and research, and identify learning needs that extend beyond graduation

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. form, maintain and end professional and ethical social work relationships with clients, colleagues, and supervisors in a human service organisation at the level of a beginning practitioner
  2. demonstrate and critically reflect on effective engagement, communication, practice skills, and intervention approaches with clients, colleagues, supervisors and other key stakeholders, across a range of interdisciplinary settings
  3. analyse the organisation, its location within wider social systems and its relationship with other organisations, such as auspicing bodies and funding agencies and implications for the role of social work and delivery of social work services to clients
  4. demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking and analysis in relation to one's own research project and relevance to social work theory and practice
  5. use and critically reflect on social work knowledge, including theoretical and research knowledge, to inform social work identity, practice and policy change, and draw on this to develop a multi-faceted practice framework
  6. engage in professional supervision to increase learning about social work practice, evaluation and research, and identify learning needs that extend beyond graduation

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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