Social workers develop their skills largely in the course of their practice experiences. However, it is good to have a framework to help with your learning and understanding.
We use four categories of skill in our framework:
- skills in thinking – analysing, managing, reflecting and valuing
- skills in using the senses – listening and talking, observing, understanding and expressing feelings
- skills combining thinking and using the senses – giving and receiving constructive feedback, interviewing, leading, negotiating, supporting
- skills supporting your studies and practices – reflective writing, digital and information literacy skills, academic and professional writing skills.
Other skills social workers need to have include:
- reflective, professional and academic forms of writing, recording and sharing information
- thinking skills, such as reflection and analysis
- the ability to recognise and challenge discriminatory attitudes
- interpersonal and communication skills
- ICT skills and information literacy (collectively referred to as digital and information literacy).
The activities in this course will introduce you to some of these skills.