Critical Analysis of Practice
Critical Incident Analysis has been used as a method of developing learning in nursing, social work and other professions. It involves candidates in succinct description of, reflection on and analysis of an incident which has been significant to them. Critical deconstruction of the incident deploys techniques which allow critique of dominant professional discourses as well as theories which may dominate and limit the ways we work with individuals and families. It concludes with candidates identifying learning arising out of the analysis. The techniques used (adapted from Fook, 2012) may be applied to other situations and used as an aid to supervision in ongoing practice.
Candidates bring a case which is critical, that is, significant to them, and conduct a critical analysis of the case over the course of the day.
Methods: A mixture of lecture, group work, small group presentations.
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This one-day course offers social workers the opportunity to analyse their practice and consider practice dilemmas.
The course aims to develop reflexive practitioners to become increasingly aware of the consequences for service-users of their case formulations and interventions. The course supports practitioners to critique theory and evidence and aims to assist them in an evaluation of their own practice experience to increase their confidence in defending their decision-making.
Ethical dilemmas and uncertainty are acknowledged as an inevitable part of professional practice. The course emphasises how reflexive practice can lead to improved decisions and outcomes for individuals and families.
The course addresses the PCF Domain Reflection and Analysis, Analysis and Decision- making (Knowledge and Skills statement for children) and Critical Reflection and Analysis (Knowledge and Skills statement for Adults).
Large group feedback on process and discussion
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- To introduce critical reflection and reflexivity in practice
- To explore the use of theory and evidence in social work
- To evaluate evidence – the meaning of truth(s), opinions and fact in practice complexity, weighing up multiple hypotheses
- To develop an awareness of the role of theory and dominant professional discourses in practice
- To explore uncertainty and ethical dilemmas in practice
Who should attend?
Qualified social workers in any field of practice and at any level beyond ASYE.