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Social care and psychology

Discover more about this increasingly popular sector in Wales

Social care and psychology

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This section includes an exploration into the study of psychology - ideal for beginners - plus a free course and resources for those interested in, or already working in, the field of social care in Wales.

  • An introduction to social work

    An introduction to social work

    This short course will introduce you to the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work practice.

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    Free course

    15 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Introduction to social work in Wales

    Introduction to social work in Wales

    Respecting the individuality of each person is a central value of social work but, as the term suggests, social work is not only about individual perspectives: it also takes place in a social context. Society, demography, geography, national legislation, national policy, and language all play an important part, both in the lives of service users and carers and in the practice of social work practitioners. This course will introduce you to the importance of recognising that social work practice happens in context. In particular, you will learn about what this means for social work in Wales – in the Welsh context.

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    Free course

    10 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Perspectives on social work: Individual stories

    Perspectives on social work: Individual stories

    In this series of four interviews you will watch a service user, a carer, a social worker and a social work manager talking about their different experiences. The interviews will illustrate the importance of listening to people’s stories, the importance of relationship in social work practice, and the importance of the context in which social work practice takes place. You will consider questions about the interviews, and will reflect on the implications for practice of what the individuals have to say.

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    Free course

    2 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Starting with psychology

    Starting with psychology

    The most ‘important and greatest puzzle’ we face as humans is ourselves (Boring, 1950, p. 56). Humans are a puzzle – one that is complex, subtle and multi-layered, and it gets even more complicated as we evolve over time and change in different contexts. When answering the question ‘What makes us who we are?’, psychologists put forward a range of explanations about why people feel, think and behave the way they do. Just when psychologists seem to understand one bit of ‘who we are’, up pops some new evidence to show a different side! It is not easy to pin down all the many influences.

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    Free course

    5 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

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