Our expertise is that many college students on the social work diploma may be intimidated by the phrase ‘principle’. This instantly inhibits efficient studying about principle. Concept in social work is about how we relate to others and the way we be sure that we’re offering efficient providers. It is necessary that principle just isn’t seen because the protect of lecturers or senior social employees. Via understanding and making use of principle to social work observe our work with service customers can grow to be far more practical and particular person centred.
Plenty of folks suppose that principle is one thing purely educational, with no hyperlink to “actual life”. Many social work college students cowl principle at college, however start their observe studying expertise intimidated by the concept of methods to apply principle to their observe and particularly involved about methods to reveal the hyperlinks they’ve made of their assignments and reflective accounts..
Apply studying is about relating the concepts realized in College to the observe setting. Nevertheless, with a purpose to hyperlink theoretical data to observe, college students want a agency grasp of the truth that principle is one thing all people makes use of day by day in social work and that principle has a transparent hyperlink to frequent sense/what works/actual life or regardless of the phrase of alternative is. With out this, principle can grow to be one thing which appears summary and this develops the concept that principle is one thing you study at College after which overlook while you enter the “actual world” of labor.
The Necessities for Social Work Coaching state that each one social work programmes should:
“Make sure that the educating of theoretical data, abilities and values is predicated on their utility to observe.” (Division of Well being 2002)
While the essential elements of social work principle will probably be taught within the College setting, observe studying is about you transferring your data and making use of principle to your observe, and you’ll need to reveal you could make the hyperlinks in your written work.
It’s our view that social employees within the subject and social work college students on placement are making use of principle day by day. Nevertheless, they could not realise it, and so they could not be capable to describe the speculation or title it.
Theories in social work are nothing greater than an try to clarify conditions and social relationships. Theories have been developed because it turned clear that there have been related patterns or repeating cycles of behaviour each in a person’s life and within the lives of numerous totally different folks. Since theories have been expressed by lecturers and social scientists, they typically use an instructional language. Do not let that put you off. Theories are life dressed up! Many theories even have a really simple, accessible message even in the event you typically need to look past the jargon.
There was some debate about what truly constitutes a principle. Typically, a principle helps to clarify a state of affairs and maybe the way it happened. In science, a principle is seen as serving to to:
** describe (eg: what is occurring?)
** clarify (eg: why is it occurring?)
** predict (eg: what’s more likely to occur subsequent?)
Typically theories are additionally seen as serving to to regulate a state of affairs and convey about adjustments.
Social Work Concept and Apply Studying
In supervision dialogue, placement assignments, portfolios and many others you want to have the ability to describe the state of affairs you might be working with, clarify why you suppose this happened, what you are able to do to result in change and many others. In doing so, you can be drawing upon some type of principle. It’s possible you’ll, nevertheless, not at all times concentrate on this.
Every time you might be contemplating principle, we might urge you to:
1. Recognise that no single principle can clarify all the pieces: When an individual engages in an motion (or inaction) the rationale for his or her behaviour may be rooted in a variety of causes or motives.
2. Associated to the primary level, recognise that some theoretical approaches simply do not work with some folks. Making use of Transient Resolution Targeted Remedy may be actually efficient with some folks. For different folks, it leaves them chilly.
three. Take a vital method to principle. If it would not “work”, why not? Are you able to adapt elements such that it’s useful?
four. All the time apply the worth base to principle – a lot of the speculation utilized in social care observe and social work is drawn from outdoors of the career. Concept could have its roots in schooling, psychology or administration. As such, it could not incorporate social work values and it’s best to take duty for making use of these
5. And at last, by no means be intimidated by principle. You utilize it day by day.
Why do we have to apply social work principle to observe?
While particular person social work theories have totally different functions, utilizing every kind of principle in our work presents us, as social employees, some vital issues.
** Theories will help us to make sense of a state of affairs. Utilizing principle, we will generate concepts about what’s going on, why issues are as they’re and many others. For instance the data obtained as a part of an evaluation can seem to be a jumble of data – making use of principle will help “make sense” of the data.
** Utilizing principle will help to justify actions and clarify observe to service customers, carers and society usually. The purpose is that this may result in social work turning into extra extensively accountable and finally extra revered.
** In work with people, making use of the theories which can relate to their particular state of affairs will give us extra path in our work with them.
** Utilizing principle may give a proof about why an motion resulted in a selected consequence. This will help us overview and probably change our observe in an try and make the results more practical.
It’s clear then, that principle is vital in observe – each for work with service customers and for social work to be extra valued in society.