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This series of tracks looks at social work practice around the world and compares attitudes and management techniques within the social work field. Material is taken from The Open University Course K315 Critical social work practice.

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Track 1: Critical social work practice

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2008


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Critical social work practice    A short introduction to this album. Play now Critical social work practice
2 What is critical practice?    A look at the meaning of critical practice, the views of service users, and the professional power of social workers. Play now What is critical practice?
3 How useful is critical practice?    An example of critical practice. Play now How useful is critical practice?
4 Making decisions about people    A discussion about who should make the decisions in regard to service users and the success of family led methods in Scotland. Play now Making decisions about people
5 What powers do social workers hold?    A look at the nature of the power that the social worker holds. Play now What powers do social workers hold?
6 Relative power in decision making    Where is the power in social work? Who does it lie with? What negotiation is required? Play now Relative power in decision making
7 Regulation in social work    A look at the growth of regulation and how that feeds into the ability of individual practitioners to use their discretion. Play now Regulation in social work
8 How effective are standards?    A look at how effective standards and regulation are in social work. Play now How effective are standards?
9 How have regulations and standards changed the job?    A look at how the advent of the setting of standards in the education of social workers, and the regulatory framework that has been imposed from outside, has changed the job of the social worker. Play now How have regulations and standards changed the job?
10 The impact of standards on service users    A look at how the business of setting of standards feeds through to the service users. Play now The impact of standards on service users
11 Social work in a US school    A school social worker talks about her work and how it is managed at the school that she works at and the issues that are covered by the team. Play now Social work in a US school
12 Dealing with emotions and crises    A look at some of the services and workshops provided by Amanda and her team at the school. Play now Dealing with emotions and crises
13 Working in a school context    Amanda Mihaly talks about differences and tensions between social workers and school staff, and the problems of being grant funded. Play now Working in a school context
14 Working in a Lithuanian polyclinic    Social workers at a Mental Health centre in Lithuania talk about their qualifications and why they became social workers and what their work involves at the centre. Play now Working in a Lithuanian polyclinic
15 Social work skills in a polyclinic setting    A look at the various methods of assessment and consultation that two social workers in a mental health centre use and the skills they believe are needed in the role. Play now Social work skills in a polyclinic setting
16 Working in a South African psychiatric ward    A social Worker at a psychiatric hospital talks about why she became a social worker. Play now Working in a South African psychiatric ward
17 Working with mental health patients    The holistic solution to mental health as explained by Estelle. Play now Working with mental health patients
18 Working in the field of mental health    Estelle discusses issues within the field of mental health. Play now Working in the field of mental health
19 Changing Lives: Social work in Scotland in the 21st century    The chair of the social work review discusses the findings. Play now Changing Lives: Social work in Scotland in the 21st century
20 The impact on organisational structures    How do you see org strict change due to the review. 21st century social work review. Play now The impact on organisational structures
21 Implementing change through leadership    A look at managing change and what is required of the leader and their staff. Play now Implementing change through leadership
22 The impact of change on young people's residential units    Jean Clark talks about her reaction when encountering change within the workplace. Play now The impact of change on young people's residential units
23 The impact of change on mental health provision    A look at a social worker, who works with adults with severe mental health problems, and her views on the changes that occurred with the introduction of the Care Commission. Play now The impact of change on mental health provision
24 Evaluating the Changing Lives report    A look at social worker views of the Changing Lives report. Play now Evaluating the Changing Lives report
25 Involving service users    The involvement of service users in the Changing Lives report. Play now Involving service users
26 Continuing involvement in Changing Lives    A look at Changing Lives and how it will best benefit service users. Play now Continuing involvement in Changing Lives