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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

36

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Engages students in 400 hours of supervised social work practice in a human service organisation developing professional skills, knowledge and values in line with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) practice standards for social work. Transfers learning gained from other units to practice in a real organisation.

Unit content

  • Professional relationships
  • Communicating with stakeholders
  • Agency context
  • Social work practice theory and models
  • Professional supervision
  • Research informed practice
  • Team work and group dynamics
  • Evaluation of practice skills
  • Critical reflection

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:
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 developing practitioner
2 demonstrate and critically reflect on effective engagement, communication and practice skills and intervention approaches with clients, colleagues, supervisors and other key stakeholders
3 critically analyse and reflect on 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 critically analyse the ways in which a social work theory is applied and social work service is provided within the organisation to respond to client needs and enhance social justice and draw on this to inform practice

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 developing practitioner
  2. demonstrate and critically reflect on effective engagement, communication and practice skills and intervention approaches with clients, colleagues, supervisors and other key stakeholders
  3. critically analyse and reflect on 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. critically analyse the ways in which a social work theory is applied and social work service is provided within the organisation to respond to client needs and enhance social justice and draw on this to inform practice

Prescribed texts

  • Cleak, H & Wilson, J , 2019, Making the Most of Field Placement , 4th edn, Cengage, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170417006.

  • Cleak, H & Wilson, J , 2019, Making the Most of Field Placement , 4th edn, Cengage, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170417006.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.