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Do you want to learn more about the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work practice? This free course, An introduction to social work, begins by introducing key ideas, values, the social work process and the skills needed for social work practice. You will then move on to look at social work with individuals. Finally this OpenLearn course considers reflective practice.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- identify why biography is important
- understand how identity and attachment theory contribute to social work practice
- recognise what qualities service users/carers value in social workers
- understand what values are integral to a professional social worker’s identity
- understand what it means to practise reflectively.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Key ideas in social work
- 2 Focusing on the individual
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An introduction to social work
This short course will introduce you to the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the knowledge and theory associated with social work practice. You will begin by thinking about key ideas, values, the social work process and the skills needed for social work practice. You will then move on to looking at social work with individuals, exploring the importance of biography. Finally you will consider reflective practice. Reflective activities will enable you to apply learning from your own life and/or practice, as well as new learning from this course, to your current situation.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course.
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Originally published: Friday, 26th February 2016
Last updated on: Friday, 26th February 2016
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