Year
2020
Units
9
Contact
1 x 2-hour lecture once-only
5 x 2-hour seminars per semester
4 x 8-hour field placements weekly
Prerequisites
SOAD9107 - First Placement
Corequisites
SOAD9207 - Integrity in Social Work Practice
Enrolment not permitted
SOAD9044 has been successfully completed
Course context
Master of Social Work
Topic description
This is the final field placement topic where students will experience social work in action. Each student will be placed in an agency where they will be expected to demonstrate competence in social work practice, whether this is in direct practice (case management, counselling, group work, community work and so on) or social policy and/or research. Successful completion will involve students applying social work knowledge, values and ethics in a field of practice and demonstrating interpersonal and intervention skills including but not limited to interviewing, assessment and report writing.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  1. Provide each student with a supervised field practicum, from a range of fields and modes of practice, where they will have the opportunity to participate in activities relevant to social work's professional ethics, aims and objectives
  2. Develop students' appreciation of policies and programs used to address specified social problems for particular populations along with an understanding of wider systemic influences on those populations
  3. Assist students to make direct links between theory and practice where they will be able to develop and articulate a coherent practice framework that guides purposeful interventions that take account of clients’ and/or communities’ needs, issues, cultures, diversities and contexts
  4. Provide students with guided and structured learning opportunities to demonstrate their developing practice expertise
  5. Develop students' critical and analytical reflection on their practice and use of self in practice, especially through supervisory and assessment processes used to ascertain student progress
  6. Prepare students towards entry into the professional social work workforce.
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic students should be able to:
  • Show how they have developed knowledge in their fields of practice and are negotiating relevant policies and service systems;
  • Competently and ethically engaged clients (individuals, groups or communities) in purposeful relationships that take account of agency contexts and clients perspectives through the processes of planning, assessment, intervention, termination and evaluation.
  • Communicate effectively in person and in writing, substantiating any recommendations with evidence developed from thorough assessments;
  • Articulate how the placement agency's history, goals and mission, structure, and funding arrangements affect the design and delivery of current programs and services;
  • Reference social work and other theories while explaining how the agency policies and practices may be affecting different client populations;
  • Describe how they have acknowledged and respected diversity in the course of their work, and managed any ethical dilemmas that have arisen;
  • Describe how research has and can be used to inform practices in placement settings, and how direct practice can inform research;
  • Use supervision to critically reflect on their knowledge, skills and competence in practice.