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.
It includes:Chapters on practising Reflexivity and the importance of Relationships in social work Contributions from leading social work academicsA 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.