Being and Becoming a Social Worker (Professional Identity)
Social work is an international highly demanding profession that is practiced in many different settings and specialisms. Managing ones entry to the profession and developing a professional social worker identity can be described as a process of becoming rather than just being.
This 1 day course is designed to strengthen and enhance the “being” professional status of the newly qualified social worker by shedding light on the process of “becoming”. The course will reinforce and support social workers in their transition into social work practice, representing the first step on a social worker’s career pathway
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The course will explore the emotional and psychological nature of the work and the impact these have on the individual. It will identify how to use supervision as an integral element of social work practice to review day to day practice, and decision making, critically reflecting on the understanding they are forming in practice.
Through out the day participants will consider ongoing learning and development as professionals and develop strategies which will help them work through the considerable emotional and personal demands the job places on them
This course is founded on the global definition for social work, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency for social workers, the generic Professional Capabilities Framework, and the knowledge and skills statements, which sets the professional standards for social workers in England.
Coffee, Welcome and Introductions
Who me a social worker? Professional Identity
A look at definitions, desired traits, expectations
Working with uncertainty
A look at the emotional and psychological impact of social work on self
Devising strategies for, learning developing and managing demanding situations
A look at how to get the most out of supervision (managing upwards)
I am a social worker
Understand the expectations of the knowledge and skills statements
Acknowledge the use of self in social work situations, identifying strengths.
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By the end of the course participants will be able to
- Demonstrate critical reflection in the effective and active use of supervision for accountability, professional capability, personal and professional development
- Identify the emotional and psychological impact of social work on self
- Understand the expectations of the knowledge and skills statements
- Devise strategies for, learning developing and managing demanding situations
- Acknowledge the use of self in social work situations
Who should attend?
Newly qualified social workers