If social work students are to flourish in their careers, and go beyond a basic sense of ‘competence’ in practice, it is essential to develop a sense of Professional Self. This book will help students develop critical understanding of their own social work practice, and the tools and skills required to become a professional social worker.
- Chapters on practising Reflexivity and the importance of Relationships in social work
- Contributions from leading social work academics
- A focus on building a professional identity through learning and practice
The emphasis is on developing your professionalism, and how that journey translates into everyday practice. To help this growth there are further chapters on getting the best from continuing professional development, challenging poor practice and professionalism and ethics.
Professor Jonathan Parker is Deputy Dean for Research and Enterprise and Director of the Centre for Social Work and Social Policy at Bournemouth University. He is currently conducting cross cultural research on learning and practice with colleagues in Southeast Asia.
Professor Mark Doel is Professort Emeritus in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research at Sheffiled Hallam University, and a registered social worker. Mark's research experience is in the fields of practice education, social work practice methods, and service user involvement.
...Each chapter takes a particular aspect of the professional social work role and explains what the contributor feels in the best way to approach it. This gives a rounded and professional approach instead of a specific directed one. It therefore encourages the student to understand that each of us are able to find our own way of showing professionalism, and this is an ongoing process, one which we need to continue to develop. Overall, I found the book useful and thought-provoking.