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What does it take to become a critical practitioner in social work? This free course, Becoming a critical social work practitioner, will guide you through some important concepts. An understanding of 'critical perspectives' will help you take a positive and constructive approach to problems that arise in social work practice.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- demonstrate a critical understanding of the nature and boundaries of personal and professional discretion and judgement in the delivery of social work services; recognising the complex tensions between personal and social processes in people's lives
- demonstrate an understanding of the complex relationship between justice, care and control and the practical and ethical effects of this relationship.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Understanding critical practice
- 2 Constructive social work
- 3 Critical use of language: service user views and professional power
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Becoming a critical social work practitioner
The course explores what it means to become a critical social work practitioner by using a series of activities and readings to guide you through some new and important concepts. An understanding of ‘critical perspectives’ will help you take a positive and constructive approach to the challenging problems that arise in social work practice.
You will be introduced to a critical understanding of the nature and boundaries of personal and professional discretion and judgement in the delivery of social work services; recognising the complex tensions between the personal and the social processes in people's lives.
The course also explores the relationship between justice and care and control, and the practical and ethical dilemmas in this relationship.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course :.
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Originally published: Monday, 29th February 2016
Last updated on: Monday, 29th February 2016
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