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An introduction to social work

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An introduction to social work

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.

Please note: As part of a review of content, this course will shortly be updated. The new version of the course will be available on Wednesday 6 October 2021. If you want to complete this current version of the course, please do so by the date given. 

Course learning outcomes

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.

First Published: 29/08/2014

Updated: 01/11/2018