This module can be taken as a stand lone module or the credits can be put towards the MA in Advanced Social Work. It is possible to exit from the MA in Advance Social Work with a Post Graduate Certificate (60 credits) or Post Graduate Diploma (120 credits) .Applications are open to social workers with at least one year’s post-qualified experience.
This module aims to develop the skills and professional confidence of social work practitioners (working within any sector of practice)to critically reflect upon their own practice and understand the organisational contexts within which it occurs. Candidates undertaking this module will develop practice leadership roles either through increasing responsibility for areas of practice, specific expertise in a certain practice area or through responsibility for the learning or practice of colleagues. This module is not designed specifically for those in management roles, but works well for some first-line managers who want to maintain a specialist knowledge in an area of practice.
The module is designed to specifically address the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) which requires social workers at every stage of their careers to develop and show genuine leadership skills at their particular level of development. The module will enable practitioners to focus on a specific area of practice which relates to one or more of the Knowledge and Skills Statements for social workers (DfE –Child Care and DoH-Adult Care). Candidates will take an area of their practice and improve skills in this area through practice, reading and researching, learning from colleagues etc. and then present aspects of this learning in a team meeting or similar event. A half-day workshop will be offered to give peer support to the preparation and delivery of these presentations and the written assignments. Possible areas of practice might include:-direct work with children, improving a child’s experience in their reviews, working with adult abuse, improving transitions for disabled young people, working with older people with learning disabilities, working with domestic violence, improving care for those with dementia, supporting foster carers and adopters. Specific supervision of students or NQSWs will not be included as these are covered by other modules.
- The candidate will be able to demonstrate an ability to evaluate their personal and organisational effectiveness in supporting the professional development of themselves and others and contributing to a learning culture in their team. This will be partly evidenced from feedback from team members.
- The candidate will be able to effectively demonstrate how they can facilitate the learning or professional development of others in relation to professional values and ethics.
- The candidate will be able to evidence an increased awareness of themselves as reflexive practitioners with a sophisticated understanding of how their practice within an organisational context impacts upon outcomes for service users
KEY KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING AND SKILLS IN CURRICULUM:
- To engage in critical reflection in the workshop provided and to use the discussion and debate about your chosen area of expertise to inform choices for decision making and intervention.
- To further develop a professional identity and responsibility for practice, perhaps leading in one or more areas of practice
- To be more aware of the use of self in social work practice, including the emotional impact of direct work and the possible effects of stress on the worker's actions and relationships with other professionals.
- To develop skills in leading and mentoring colleagues in the workplace.