An introduction to social work
An introduction to social work

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An introduction to social work


The course has covered a wide range of issues that are designed to make you reflect on your own life experiences and on the experiences and perceptions of service users and practitioners. The title , ‘Focusing on individuals’, reminds you that social work is about working with people, as service users and as colleagues, and that you are also one of the people in this process. We hope that working through it has prompted you to reflect on your own practices, feelings, thoughts and reactions. To check your understanding and make sure you have taken in this material, you may find it useful to consider the following core questions and see if you can answer them now.

Core questions

  • Why is biography important?
  • How does an understanding of identity and attachment theory contribute to social work practice?
  • What qualities do service users value in social workers?
  • What values are integral to a professional social work identity?
  • What does it mean to practise reflectively?

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