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Critical Reflective Practice in Social Work
Think critically about the role of the social worker and the professional situations they find themselves in.Develop a greater understanding of the theory, skills and knowledge required. Challenge structural inequality and systems of disadvantage.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Understand and be able to describe the components of critical reflective practice which encompasses (1) critical reflection on practice (2) critical thinking and analysis skills (3) critical action and (4) the challenges of being a critical social worker
- Recognise, unpack, articulate and critique the components of your evolving practice frameworks. This includes identifying knowledge, theory, skill and pesonalised understanding influencing practice and both explicit and tacit levels.
- Become familiar with techniques for facilitating critical reflection on practice and how knowledge is communicated in the field by social work practitioners, and in inter-professional practice.
- Demonstrate your capacity to critically analyse situations/issues via effective utilization of critical thinking skills and processes, with focus on use of research and evidence.
- Revisit and extend understanding of critical action which involves identifying structural disadvantage, inequality, power imbalance and social injustice and proesses that can move towards addressing such situations/issues.
- Describe the particular challenges facing a social worker in the contemporary environment in relation to engaging with service-users, teams and within and across organisations.
- Become familiar with the challenges of being a social worker: managing work, prioritising, working with multiple perspectives, complexity, 'not knowing', supervision and recognising professional development needs.
- Introduction to the Course
- What is critical reflective practice?
- Critical practice - self, self awareness & frameworks
- Critical practice - thinking and analysis
- Critical practice - generating knowledge from practice
- Critical practice- action: skills, process and challenging structural inequality & disadvantage
- Critical practice - Challenges of working with service users
- Critical practice - reflections on ethics
- Developing Frameworks for Practice (invited guests)
- Challenges of working within teams and organisations
- The challenge of being a professional social worker
- Summary and Evaluation
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
Degree must be completed alongside HSV7044 (Field Placement 2)
- AttendanceDetails - This unit includes a 1-week compusory intensive at Griffith University Gold Coast Campus.
- TravelDetails - Students are required to arrange their own travel and accommodation to and from the Griffith University Gold Coast Campus for the 1-week intensive.
7063HSV Critical Reflective Practice in Social Work will develop knowledge and skills about critical theory, critical thinking and critical reflection. They will learn to critically analyse their own practice and how to maintain a critical gaze/agenda. Students will consolidate and articulate their practice framework.
- Critical Reflection on Practic (50%)
- Practice Framework Outline (10%)
- Practice Framework presentatn (40%)