Practitioners, managers and educationalists across the social work profession know that new staff and students need guidance to develop their skills. Yet, despite the crucial role of linking practice and theory, there are few opportunities for practitioners and academics to meet to share how this can be improved through teaching and supervision. This conference will provide a forum for such a dialogue. It will also bring international speakers who, in panel presentations and skill building workshops, will address the skills required by those supervising new entrants or students.
The conference therefore is aiming to strengthen the working relationship between those in the field and trainers, so the next generation of social workers are well equipped to deal with contemporary practice issues. It also aims to encourage a strong mentoring culture within the work setting – a traditional core area of professional practice which it is timely to revive. It is through education and supervision that the profession will achieve the levels of competencies expected of it by the proposed Social Work Act and by the public we serve.
- Provide a forum for senior practitioners; field supervisors & social work educators to discuss how to improve mentoring for students and new entrants to the profession.
- Promote the sharing and development of local teaching material thereby enhancing the integration of theory with contemporary practice.
- Formulate an action plan to develop practice competencies in line with the forthcoming Social Work Act.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
- Social Work Educators
- Practitioners – especially those who supervise other practitioners
- Student Supervisors
- New Graduate Entrants - wishing to share their experiences
- Members of the Joint Council of Social Work Educators (JCSWE) who will be meeting on July 19th – immediately after the conference – at UNIMAS.