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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 in the UK. You will then move on to look at social work with individuals. Finally this OpenLearn course considers reflective practice.
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
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Key ideas in social work
- 2 Focusing on the individual
- 2 Focusing on the individual
- 2.1 Biography
- 2.2 Identity and identities
- 2.3 Developing a professional social work identity
- 2.4 Bringing your learning together in reflective practice
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15 hours study
Level 1: Introductory
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