All participants are invited to present in the interactive workshops.
Practitioners, we need to hear from you. Share with us your relevant experiences. These could include, for instance, the current issues in practice that the new graduates will be facing; the challenges which need to be overcome to develop a mentoring culture or the ways in which you try to develop competencies with your staff and students on placement. Choose which theme and sub-topic interests you from those listed below then summarise in @200 words what you would like to share and submit by April 23rd. The range of topics and focus of submissions is wide. If your abstract is selected you will present as part of a round table discussion so it is your choice whether you use powerpoint, share in writing or just talk. It is also your choice whether you use all the allocated time or would prefer to keep it short and sweet.
Lecturers are encouraged to share how you bring examples from practice into the classroom. At the moment, there is a shortage of material drawn from the local context. One outcome of the conference could be developing a book on Malaysian case examples for teaching purposes. Through sharing our examples, listening to feedback and openly discussing the difficulties faced, more ideas should be generated on how to help students to see the link between practice and theory. There will also be some workshops focusing on the organisation of fieldwork placements. As all workshops are held in concurrent sessions, universities are encouraged to send a group of lecturers to ensure participation in each of the tracks – 5 in all including the skill-building workshops. Each of the interactive workshops is structured to encourage dialogue between participants so be prepared for a more informal, roundtable discussion rather than the classic academic presentation of papers.If you have any queries you are welcome to contact the organising chair of the conference, Gill Raja (firstname.lastname@example.org) Tel: 082 581000 (ext 2740) or Prof. Madya Dr Ling How Kee (email@example.com) or the secretariat Faizah Masud (firstname.lastname@example.org) Tel: 082 584117.
THEMES FOR WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS:
♦ Reflecting on Self in the Social Work Process : (I) Values – teaching & application: (2) Self-Awareness & Reflective Practice: (3) Multi-culturalism:
♦ Specific Practice Areas – (1) Working with teens: (2) Health Issues: (3) Abuse
♦ Macro Perspectives – (1) Marginalised Communities, Discrimination & Human Rights: (2) Social Policy & the Law: (3) Addressing Poverty.
♦ Organisational Issues – (I) Developing a Mentoring Culture: (2) Coordinating and Structuring Placements: (3) Tasks for different levels of students/staff.
Short Presentations within the themes and sub-topics can focus on:
♦ Dilemmas faced /contemporary issues in practice – drawing out implications for supervision and/or training or
♦ Examples of how the theme/topic has been taught by using local situations – including reflections on how effective the method was /difficulties experienced or
♦ Issues which need to be addressed to advance competencies in these areas of practice.
A short abstract – @200 words – needs to be submitted by
April 23rd *UPDATE: between May 15th and 22nd. Potential presenters should state which theme & sub-topic they are addressing. Notification of acceptance will be made accordingly.