This course allows you to apply the theoretical and skills based learning in a practice setting. You will be linked with a qualified social worker in a human services agency offering practice based learning, in accordance with the AASW Practice Standards. This learning experience is supported by social work supervision promoting critical reflection; it will guide you through a developmental process focusing on knowledge, skills and values relevant to the social work profession. Placement allocation is managed in consultation with you, so that prioritises your learning goals and professional interests. Placements occur in diverse contexts of practice such as hospitals, state and federal government departments, and non-government community based organisations. Social work interventions may include policy, research, counselling, case work and community work. You will develop general social work skills, transferable to all social work contexts. The placement comprises 23 attendance days ( 163 hours) and is generally undertaken four days per week throughout Term 1. The placement is accompanied by a series of Integration Seminars that support and complement your field based learning, with an emphasis on theory-practice integration, critical social work and critical reflection. This course is Part A of your first Field Education placement, which continues into Term 2 , at the same agency, with Social Work Practice - Level 3 Placement B, at the end of which grading is finalized for both courses.
Prerequisite: ARTS1753 or ARTS1871, PSYC1001, SOCW2006, SOCW2008, SOCW2009, SOCW2100, SRAP1000, SRAP1001, ARTS2871 or SRAP2002, and enrolment in a Social Work program. Corerequisite: SOCW3009. Equivalent: SOCW3001 and SOCW3011
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