Social Work Practicum: A Guide and Workbook for Students / Edition 2

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Within the field of social work education, the search continues for ways to increase the quality of learning experiences available to social work practicum students. This book provides new and soon-to-be-social workers with a format for reviewing and addressing the many areas of practicum-related learning, including supervision, social policy, agency context, community context, legal and ethical considerations, cultural diversity, evaluation, and personal safety. Field supervisors and novice social workers.
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Presents a workbook guiding both students and field instructors through a process that helps develop practice competencies. Complex tasks are broken down into understandable lists and checksheets to facilitate in-depth discussion and decision making. Coverage includes tasks that typically arise during field placement, such as confronting value and ethical dilemmas. Early chapters assist students in clarifying expectations and formulating a written plan for learning during the practicum. Later chapters focus on broad areas of practice competency. Pages are perforated. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205340187
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/8/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter begins with "Goals for Learning," "Background Information," and "Guidance and Direction," and concludes with "Suggested Learning Activities," "Additional Suggestions and Hints," and "Selected Bibliography."

Foreword by Bradford W. Sheafor.


1. The Purpose of a Practicum.
How to Use This Book.
How the Chapters Are Structured.
Practicum-Related Strengths: A Workbook Activity.
How Do We Learn? A Workbook Activity.

2. School, Agency, and Student Expectations.
Clarifying Expectations: A Workbook Activity.

3. Planning to Learn.
Preparing a Plan for Learning.
The Generalist Perspective and the Plan for Learning.
Guidance and Direction.
Planning to Learn: A Workbook Activity.

4. Getting Started.
Basic Information about Your Practicum: A Workbook Activity.

5. Using Supervision.
Using Supervision for Learning: A Workbook Activity.

6. Personal Safety.
Reducing the Risk of Harm: A Workbook Activity.

7. Communication.
Developing Communication Skills: A Workbook Activity.

8. The Agency Context of Practice.
Getting to Know Your Agency: A Workbook Activity.

9. The Community Context of Practice.
Beginning a Community Analysis: A Workbook Activity.

10. The Social Problem Context of Practice.
The Problems and Needs Addressed by Your Agency: A Workbook Activity.

11. The Social Policy Context of Practice.
Social Policy Analysis: A Workbook Activity.

12. Cultural Diversity.
Cultural Awareness inYour Agency: A Workbook Activity.
Identity and Self-Awareness: A Workbook Activity.
Cultural Factors in Client Behavior: Situations to Discuss.

13. Professional Social Work.
The Image and Impact of Social Work: A Workbook Activity.

14. Professional Ethics.
Values, Ethics, and Your Practicum: A Workbook Activity.

15. Legal Concerns.
Legal Issues and Concerns: A Workbook Activity.

16. Social Work Practice as Planned Change.
The Change Process: A Workbook Activity.

17. Evaluating Student Performance.
Examining Your Performance in the Practicum: A Workbook Activity.

18. Merging Self and Profession.
Merging Self and Profession: A Workbook Activity.

19. Looking Ahead, Leadership, and Social Justice.
Becoming the Social Worker You Want to Be.
Becoming a Leader and Seeker of Social Justice.
Becoming the Person You Want to Be.
Appendix A: Sample School-Agency Agreement.
Appendix B: Sample Learning Agreement.

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