Application: The article discusses the importance of these professional attributes for effective practice and the role of academic institutions and social work organisations in fostering the development of these dimensions in social work practitioners. This paper presents preliminary results of a yet to be completed five-year longitudinal study designed to explore this process in detail. Respondents of different age groups showed a significant difference in terms of the manifestation of empathy. The discussion and description of theories and practices is interspersed with exercises which engage the reader in an interactive process of thinking about these ideas. This work is essential reading for students on qualifying and post-qualifying social work courses, as well as for practitioners. A more comprehensive report on the preliminary findings of the study is documented elsewhere Ryan, Fook and Hawkins, in press.
In particular, she is currently engaged in developing critical reflection as a method for researching experience. Toleration in social work is inseparable from power relations and its effects are context-dependent. The current status of casework within the social work profession is said to have declined, given the recent shift to structural perspectives. Fook does her best to ensure that complicated concepts can be understood and their implications for social workers made clear. I then develop an inclusive approach by examining three major areas: what theory is; how it is generated; and who it should be generated by.
Part Three: Redeveloping Practices illustrates how these new ideas can inform new practices, proving students with all the tools you need to deliver flexible, responsible and responsive social work practice. Results: Analysis shows the predominance of a maintenance role at the expense of more emancipatory approaches and thus, this results point to the relationship of this maintenance role with the sociological paradigm of social regulation and shows also, how social work is still attached to a conservative agenda. The first half of this article cautions that social work education, as currently constituted, may 'unfit' people. Drawing on her own experiences and the experiences of others, Jan Fook returns to address the critical tradition of social work, supporting students in their understanding of the possibilities of critical practices in changing contexts. We should note that this article is written by authors who come from the position of researchers.
Although direct service provision for end-of-life care and bereavement are crucial to any public health approach to dying, death and loss, a broader public health approach — one that targets people in good health and outside acute episodes of need — is also vital to building a community's capacity for resilience and self-care. In this respect the book provides an excellent contribution to the literature and is likely to be used on a range of professional social work programmes' - Journal of Social Work 'This is a book which inspires a spirit of hope, and a belief in the possibility of change for the better , through social work intervention. She has also held professorial positions at the University of Southampton, Diakonjhemmet College Oslo and La Trobe and Deakin Universities in Australia. A central issue for the social work profession is to delineate the stages involved in the process of how social work students become competent practising professionals. What should the relationship be between social work education and practice? This paper arises from the experiences of the authors in providing critical reflection training to social workers and health professionals.
The full results of this study are reported elsewhere Fook et al. Full text not available from this repository. Secondly, one finds a weak critical reflection among social workers, being very afraid to speak out against the system, taking on a submissive attitude and subservient to the policies of social cuts imposed. We examine the nature of some of these risks and what might be at stake, and how we as educators might manage these in the interests of better learning. Yet ironically, much of the professional service literature has tended to marginalize or pathologize the human-animal bond, often dichotomizing it against human relationships and assuming its inferiority.
The concept of toleration does not play a prominent role in current social work discourse. In return for delivering services which redress, relieve, and prevent hardship and suffering in the communities they represent, community managed organisations receive most of their funding from the Australian government. Social Work: A Critical Turn is both an introduction to critical social work and an examination of current theory and practice. This lack of empirical data has implications for both the teaching and researching of professional practice. What are the main trends in Australian social work research, and where should it be heading? What should social work education be training students for? A beginning also was then made toward a Bureau of Organized Charities, the main office being put in charge of a young man recently come from Boston, who lived at Hull-House.
Some of the features identified include a confidence with professional identity and an ability to deal with complexities. To this end I revisit some fundamental understandings of the theory of critical reflection, and then further develop what it means in practice by analysing some written assignments of students in a critical reflection post-graduate program. Results: Analysis shows the predominance of a maintenance role at the expense of more emancipatory approaches and thus, this results point to the relationship of this maintenance role with the sociological paradigm of social regulation and shows also, how social work is still attached to a conservative agenda. The article also contains a reflection on the facilitator's teaching approach in relation to experiential learning, social constructionism, empowerment and the structural context. Challenges in the implementation and resolution of those challenges are also presented. Reflecting on their own professional identity, as well as theories, values, and devices used in professional practice, can help practitioners deal with complex work demands and help students be better equipped to transition from university to work.
Casework is not dead, but a truly social casework may be dying. The political implications involved in these movements are discussed and possible approaches to finding a flexible framework which allows for differences yet provides for accountability, responsiveness and connectivity are suggested. This has been a valuable resource both in my teaching of undergraduate social work and for my own continuous development. Age, self-reflection and appraisal and expression of emotions were extracted as significant predictors of empathy. The transformative learning gained by this practitioner provides a concrete example of how critical reflection improved her thinking about practice by increasing congruence between her espoused theoretical framework and her actual practice, and by creating opportunities for emancipatory practice within a context where she felt constrained to achieve critical practice aims. Social Work: A Critical Turn situates critical social work within a theoretical context, comparing it with postmodernist, radical, feminist, anti-racist and structural approaches. In this article the author reflects on her experiences in establishing an enabling climate in critically reflective groups.
The approaches described in this article include community development, death education and social marketing, partnerships between statutory services and communities, local policy changes and critical reflection. Whether — and how — community managed organisations survive competition, both with one another and with incoming for-profit providers, will have profound implications for Australian society. I begin by relating an inclusive approach to the changes in knowledge-making becoming recognized with postmodernism. We then analyse the nature of some of the risks involved by examining the cultural challenges that are at stake. The very notion of intercultural or international social work is based on assumptions about boundaries, differences, ways of differentiating and defining sets of experiences.
A cross-sectional quantitative design was used and the Emotional Intelligence Scale, Groningen Reflective Ability Scale and the Empathy Assessment Index were administered to assess the manifestation of these dimensions. To date reflection in healthcare education has often been perceived as solitary paper-based exercise. Practitioner researchers often experience difficulties in understanding and using the plethora of approaches to the ways in which practice can be theorized, and mistakenly feel they must be committed to one main approach. In this way the reader is encouraged to develop his or her own ideas, using the material covered in the book. While some forms of toleration are expressions of respect and recognition, power asymmetries in social work can implicate even these positive forms of toleration in systems of control and oppression. Principally, this is because social work practice, as envisaged by employer interests, has not been subject to the same critical scrutiny as social work education and has come to dominate perceptions of the training task. It will focus both on how structures dominate, but also on how people construct and are constructed by changing social structures and relations, recognising that there may be multiple and diverse constructions of ostensibly similar situations.