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Making the Most of Your Social Work Placement


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Introduction Chapter One - Getting to know yourself as a learner Chapter Two - Fulfilling the university process within a placement Chapter Three - Establishing a relationship with your practice educator Chapter Four - Cultivating a relationship with service users and carers Chapter Five - Understanding your social work skills, knowledge and values in your professional practice Chapter Six - Enhancing your ability to critically reflect Chapter Seven - Responding positively to constructive feedback Chapter Eight - Evidencing your capability on placement Chapter Nine - Writing your academic assignment Chapter Ten - Conclusion

About the Author

Paula Beesley is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Leeds Beckett University, with interests in communication skill development and practice placements. She holds the Practice Teacher Award, and has been a practice teacher for 20 years both as a child protection social worker and as an independent off-site practice educator working with a wide range of placements and students. She is currently undertaking a PhD into communication in social work student supervision on placement.


This book highlights the importance of collaboration between the student and the PE, offering concrete ideas for students to actively take responsibility for their learning on placement. Contributions from real students bring the placement process to life, and overall, I think the book is written in a way that is accessible and motivating for students.

-- Pam Field

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