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Gold Coast Session 3 Session 3
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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Pre-requisites

WEL92005 Social Work Field Placement IIa

Unit aim

Part 2 of 2 units comprising the second social work field placement. Engages students in 600 hours (across WEL92005 and WEL92006) of supervised social work practice, in a different human service organisation to which they completed the first social work field placement (WEL91006-7).  Develops 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 in the course to practice in a real organisation. Emphasis is placed on the use of research to inform social work practice and policy change. (WEL92006 is completed in the same human service organisation in which the student completed WEL92005).

Unit content

  1. Forming, maintaining and ending professional relationships with clients, colleagues and others
  2. Communicating effectively with a range of stakeholders
  3. Presenting to colleagues and other professionals
  4. Evaluate own practice by gaining feedback from clients and community members
  5. Using research to inform social work practice and policy change
  6. Leadership roles within human service organisations and the health and community service sector
  7. Developing a professional 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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 form, maintain and end professional and ethical social work relationships with clients and colleagues in a human service organisation.
2 demonstrate and critically reflect on effective communication with clients, colleagues and other key stakeholders.
3 analyse the ways in which a social work service is provided within the organisation.
4 use and critically reflect on social work knowledge, including theoretical and research knowledge, to inform social work practice in this agency and to inform policy change.
5 engage in professional supervision to increase their learning about social work practice, 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 and colleagues in a human service organisation.
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  2. demonstrate and critically reflect on effective communication with clients, colleagues and other key stakeholders.
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. analyse the ways in which a social work service is provided within the organisation.
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  4. use and critically reflect on social work knowledge, including theoretical and research knowledge, to inform social work practice in this agency and to inform policy change.
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  5. engage in professional supervision to increase their learning about social work practice, and identify learning needs that extend beyond graduation.
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Cleak, H & Wilson, J , 2013, Making the Most of Field Placement, 3rd edn, Cengage, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170222433.
  • McDonald, C, Craik, C, Hawkins, L & Williams, J, 2011, Professional Practice in Human Services, Allen and Unwin, Sydney. ISBN: 9781742370392.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.