Allyson Davys and Liz Beddoe

Live observation of social work students: a four-step model

Allyson Davys and Liz Beddoe share their four-step model for the live observation of social work students.
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Safe Collisions

Kirstin Parkes writes about working with students to reconcile divergent personal and professional values.
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Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3) – Becoming a Practice Educator

If you have ever thought about being a practice educator, or, are a practice educator and have not done it for a while, or currently have a student with you, here are 10 good reasons, why, in an era of even bigger and more complex workloads alongside rapidly disappearing resources, you should just carry on and practice educate regardless.
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Are social workers like wine – better with maturity?

Jane Fenton wonders whether we need to consider more emphasis on logic, analysis, problem solving and a framework for critical reasoning as a core and systematic theme within social work education.
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Grading practice skills in social work education

Alison Domakin talks about grading practice skills in social work education.
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Better knowledge, better practice – a partnership approach to supporting social workers to access research

Sue Downie writes about a project to improve the research 'mindedness' and online searching skills of social work staff.
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Empowerment

Social work blogger Ermintrude explains why she struggles with social workers being told to 'empower' people we work with.
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Strategies for providing anti-racist practice learning opportunities: the potential of the ‘Dignity in Practice Learning’ framework

Prospera Tedam asks us to reflect on the sensitive yet crucial questions about discrimination and oppression in practice learning.
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Pain and pleasure: ideas for managing the ongoing challenge of supporting social work students with critical reflection

Kirstin Parkes outlines some strategies to help practice educators facilitate improved critical reflection in practice learning experiences.
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Relationship Based Practice – reinforcing, reigniting and reconnecting motivation

The emotional responses of students help them make sense of all aspects of their lives and this is equally true in practice. Richard Ingram discusses the required thought and reflection to use them appropriately.
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Twisting and turning between practice and theory

When a social work student embarks on practice learning, the requirement to demonstrate their ability to integrate practice and theory may appear at first to be a relatively straightforward question of applying what they have learnt at university to their practice on placement. It can take a while to realise that practice and theory rarely have a neat and tidy relationship. Jean Gordon does some #ThursdayThunking.
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Harmful supervision

Liz Beddoe reflects on when supervision can be less than helpful.
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The A to Z of good supervision

In the second of a series of ThursdayThunking from ScOPT, Liz Beddoe talks about supervision.
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