2016-11-17 09:30:00
2016-11-17 16:30:00
ScOPT Conference & AGM
ScOPT Conference & AGM
to be confirmed

We’re making good progress on our Conference and AGM on 17th November.

We’re really pleased to announce that Siobhan MacLean is delivering the key note and Jo Finch has agreed to deliver 2 workshops.

Siobhan is an independent practice educator, Honorary Secretary of the International Federation of Social Workers (European region), a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, and founder of Kirwin Maclean Associates.

Jo is currently the programme leader for the MA Social Work and the Step Up Social Work Programme at the University of East London. She is also deputy director at the Centre for Social Work Research, and works at Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust on a part time basis to teach on the Professional Doctorate in Emotional Well Being and Social Work. Her main research interests centre on practice learning, assessment and suitability with a focus on struggling or failing students. She has previously worked as a children and families social worker in both the voluntary and statutory sectors in a variety of inner London boroughs, and has also worked as a play therapist.

We have a lot of ideas about the day - but this is your conference, so we want to seek wider views on what you’d like to see covered.

At the moment, we’re thinking about a conference that helps us explore how we support/promote practice learning in a changing world - eg. the Review of Social Work Education, integration of health and care, reduced budgets, etc. We want to consider some of the challenges - such as supporting failing students, applying and integrating theory to practice, the challenges facing employers in delivering practice learning, and what the features of successful practice learning are.

So, over to you. Let the discussion begin, all views and thoughts are very welcome and invited.

Tell us what you want, what you really really want...


  1. Jessica Proctor says:

    Hurrah, hurrah! So pleased to have a date in the diary – really looking forward to this conference as I unfortunately had to miss last year. I appreciate that you are focusing on the Ideas include:
    Apart from continuing to support students, what can Practice Teachers/Educators do to support the process of change proposed by the review of Social Work Education in Scotland?
    Is there a role for Practice Teachers/Educators in helping students become ‘ready for practice’ ahead of placements?Independent Practice Teachers/Educators are more than a ‘gap filler’ – IPTs as professionally focused adult educators!
    Bridging the gap between University taught courses and practice placements – creative ideas sharing for creative collaboration.
    Continuation of the dialogue around the inquiry area ‘philosophy of social work education’ – should there be one or not, and if so what might it look like?
    Supporting emotional development and resilience in students – facilitating personal as well as professional development.
    I may have more ideas as the days go by, I will post again if so.
    Best of luck and good wishes with the planning!

  2. Jessica Proctor says:

    Correction to unfinished sentence above: I appreciate that ScOPT is focusing on … themes of change that are affecting service and placement delivery just now – hopefully increasing dialogue across and between parties and generation of positive and creative ideas – change is hard, but it is always an opportunity as well as a loss!

  3. Gillian Muir says:

    I think that a theme focusing on integrated PL will be important, encouraging a sense of collective effort (and benefit) and linking well into Review themes which included all stakeholders. Sharing best practice is always an important feature of these conferences i.e. what CAN and IS being done successfully in PL. Might it be useful to look for workshop facilitators (and other means of contributing) on PL, in its broadest sense, as a vehicle for supporting change processes and working together? Something around learners as assets rather than “burdens” re project working, focusing their research/consultation activity to meet the PL organisation’s needs; PL supporting development of learning cultures e.g. through NQSWs facilitating observational placements/ mentoring the next generation of NQSWs; staff training as LW and PE. More examples of students and service users coming together would be good.


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