This module is designed for students who intend to work as a social worker with adults, in the fields of health and disability or mental health social work. The broad aim is to support students to build up specialist knowledge in relation to adults social work, to help prepare them for future practice. The module will also enable students to explore in greater depth the range of practice within adults social work, so they feel able to make informed decisions about potential future pathways in social work.
Module will run
Autumn Term 2019-20 to Spring Term 2019-20
This module builds upon students’ practice experience and learning in stage one of the programme, so that they are prepared and able to work in a range of situations and settings related to specialist areas within adults social work. Specifically in relation to mental health, it provides an overview of different mental health problems (schizophrenia, personality disorder, depression); ways of understanding them (theories of mental health); and socially-oriented ways of intervening. In relation to health and disability, it gives an overview of specific life-long, on-set and temporary health and disability needs and an insight into the theories drawn upon to understand and intervene (such as the social model of disability, life course approaches and person-centred theory). The module provides an overview of: the range of issues that arise in assessment, planning and intervention (including capacity and safeguarding);
and current policy and practice approaches (including personalisation). It incorporates the perspectives of those who use the service, as well as contemporary practice and research both from the UK and internationally. The module aims to locate adults social work within a critically informed theoretical framework.
Relationship to the domains of the PCF:
This module aims to contribute to the ability of students to demonstrate that they have reached the qualifying level descriptors in all 9 of the domains of the PCF
Relationship to the KSS for social workers in adult services:
This module aims to prepare students for their first year in post-qualifying practice by contributing to their development across relevant aspects of the KSS.
Module learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students will:
Have a critical appreciation of the difficulties and experiences relating to health / mental health needs that bring individuals into contact with social services.
Conceptualise these difficulties and experiences drawing on theory to inform their understanding.
Be aware of the different roles and specialisms for social workers in the field of adults social work.
Demonstrate a reflective awareness of the nature of anti-oppressive practice in this area of social work and the dynamics of partnership working with individuals.
Be able to place social work with adults within organisational and interagency contexts.
Demonstrate knowledge of current research both nationally and internationally in the field, and the ability to evaluate and make use of it.
Demonstrate knowledge of the legal and policy context for adults social work
Critically analyse specialist assessment and intervention models, including for risk assessment and management
Reflect critically on their own practice within the specialist fields encompassed by adults social work.
Academic and graduate skills
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
Work effectively as part of a peer-supported learning community
Present information in a visually effective format to a specialist audience.
Demonstrate their in depth knowledge of health & disability and the relevance of their learning to their future career.
Understand the role of the KSS as a framework for post-qualifying practice in the statutory sector.
The module runs through the Autumn and Spring terms, and students will also be on placement throughout the majority of the module. This means that the teaching for this module takes place in ‘recall days’ from placement.
Students will receive support for the essay throughout the Autumn and Spring term and will receive marks and written feedback within 4 weeks of submission. The formative presentations will have immediate verbal feedback from peers and staff. The poster presentations will be discussed as part of the ‘conference’ session, and formal marks and feedback given within 4 weeks.
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