The Scottish Organisation for Practice Teaching

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Webinars on the theme of collaboration

The SWEP (Social Work Education Partnership) and SSSC (Scottish Social Service Council) are planning to joint host a series of webinars on the theme of collaboration, to share some of the good practice, innovation and challenges overcome in creating, supporting and undertaking practice learning opportunities in the current climate.
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COVID continues but so do we!

In this zoom-cast, Cath Shaw at Learning Network West is chatting with Karen Armstrong, Practice Learning Co-ordinator with Families Outside which is the only charity in Scotland that works solely on behalf of families affected by imprisonment. Families Outside have continued to provide student placements since they were able to resume in August 2020.
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Recruiting self-employed Practice Educators

Learning Network West is seeking to recruit self-employed Practice Educators to contribute to the delivery of an Advanced Skills: Simulated Practice Learning Module.
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Professor Joyce Lishman, 1947-2021

The Trustees of ScOPT are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Professor Joyce Lishman. She died last week and although she had been ill, this news was a huge shock.
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  • Metaphors of Resilience

    This month’s Thursday Thunking article is by PhD student, former social worker and independent practice educator, Sarah Rose. Sarah is just completing a PhD interviewing social workers to explore their understanding  and experience of emotional resilience in relation to their role. Sarah has previously adapted this research into practice knowledge and skills promoting resilience for practice educators via the Just Keep On Practice Educating workshops, hosted by Learning Network West in collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University.

    In this article, Sarah reflects on the particular metaphors used by social workers in the research and discusses how they may illuminate our understanding ...


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