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Social Work - Advanced Fieldwork Practice & Supervision

The Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Fieldwork Practice (Social Work) was set up in 2001 and it represents a very import program in terms of the School’s mission of creating and sustaining community outreach and partnerships within the context of on-going professional development and CPD. The program provides social work practitioners with an important opportunity to engage part-time in a professionally accredited, post qualifying program in Practice Teaching and Professional Supervision. Specifically, the program is designed to equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to become competent Supervisors and Practice Teachers. The establishment of CORU, the statutory regulatory body for social work, and the setting up of the social work Registration Board heralds a new era for social work. We are in an age where participating in CPD and Post-qualifying social work education is gathering momentum. This program responds to an identified need for the provision of more dedicated post-qualifying training and professional development opportunities for social workers.

The option to progress to a Masters route in year 2 represents an innovative and timely option for practitioners wishing to advance academic qualifications and to develop their knowledge and experience of research in the areas of practice teaching and supervision.

This course was externally accredited by the National Social Work Qualifications Board. It is currently the only nationally accredited, post-qualifying course in social work. It is designed to equip social work practitioners engaged in practice teaching and supervision to develop the knowledge, values and skills necessary to competently execute the demands of the role. It is intended to offer the programme to individuals who are employed as social workers and who wish to study part-time. We require participants to incorporate their working experience into the learning process by agreeing to take a student on placement during their attendance on the course. The reflective design, delivery and assessment of the course will ensure that participants can simultaneously develop their competencies academically and experientially.

The aim of this programme is to prepare relatively new and experienced social workers for the task of practice and teaching and supervision of social work students.

This course offers a balance of structural theoretical inputs with experiential models of learning, self-directed and library study. It involves on the job supervision of a professional social work student (MSW/BSW) while on placement over a 14 week period (January-April). Participants must be able to demonstrate through their supervision and practice teaching and in their completed written portfolio and thesis, self-awareness and a capacity to be critically reflective.

Learning Outcomes for the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Fieldwork Practice and Supervision (Social Work) (Year 1 )

Explore on-going policy and practice influences on student’s supervision and practice teaching practices.

Critically appraise different work-based learning strategies and opportunities to meet identified learning needs

Critically appraise research, policies and developments with respect to practice teaching

Engage in a process of reflection on the on-going influences on their own practice so that practice teachers can help their students to become conscious of their values, knowledge and skills as well as the requirements and constraints of societal and agency environments.

Practise as a learned member of multidisciplinary teams in the delivery of quality service for individuals and families across a variety of contexts with greater insights into the research-based, ethical, and professional underpinnings of Social Work practice in Ireland

Learning Outcomes for SS6805 (year 2)
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

Conduct a piece of social research in an area of social practice.

Undertake a literature review, methodology, analysis of data and presentation of findings.

Connect primary research data with theoretical debates and concepts

Identify the original contribution which their research makes to the development of practice.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

All students will be registered for a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Fieldwork Practice (Social Work) in their First Year and will be registered for an MA in Second Year.

Students who opt to exit at the end of the first year will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Fieldwork Practice and Supervision (Social Work) upon successful completion and passing modules to the value of 60 credits.

A student who subsequently wishes to continue progression for the degree of Master must complete the programme within 5 academic years from the date of successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma Examinations, subject to the programme being available.

Note: Recognition of prior learning: Applicants who already have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Fieldwork Practice and Supervision (Social Work) from 2001 to the value to 60 credits will be granted exemptions for these modules in the MA and may proceed directly to the 30 credit research module in Part II.

Why Choose This Course

This is the only program in Ireland offering a recognised qualification to social workers in practice teaching and supervision. It offers social work professionals a unique opportunity to up skill and upgrade their professional and academic qualifications on a part time study basis. This program represents a significant post qualifying programme for social work professionals.

Entry requirements

Year 1: CQSW/NQSW Certification/Registered with CORU. 2yrs post qualifying experience. Written Permission of employing agency; Agreement to take a student on placement; Have supervised at least one professional social work student. Course participants represent a wide range of social work practice contexts. Statutory and community / voluntary agencies are all included.

Year 2: To progress to MA in year 2 participants must have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Fieldwork Practice and Supervision [Social Work]. The program will involve self-directed study, individual and group tutorials, research methods workshop, library research.

All students will be registered for a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Fieldwork Practice (Social Work) in their First Year and on application may be registered for an MA in Second Year. Students who opt to exit at the end of the first year will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Fieldwork Practice and Supervision (Social Work) upon successful completion and passing modules to the value of 60 credits. A student who subsequently wishes to continue progression for the degree MA of Master must complete the programme within 5 academic years from the date of successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma Examinations, subject to the programme being available.

Note: Recognition of prior learning: Applicants who already have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Fieldwork Practice and Supervision (Social Work) from 2001 to the value to 60 credits will be granted exemptions for these modules in the MA and may proceed directly to the 30 credit research module in Part II.

Duration

1 academic year. Part-time.

Year 1:
The programme runs 2 Fridays per month from October to April with 2 workshops on 2 consecutive days (Thursday and Friday) in September and May.

Year 2:
Group and Individual tutorials will be provided throughout the academic year

The programme runs 2 evenings per week plus occasional Saturday workshops from September to May.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through thesis and continuous assessment.

Year 1: The Portfolio forms the basis of assessment on the program in Year 1 when there are a number of designated assignments to be included in the final portfolio.

Year 2: requires the completion of a minor thesis.

Application date

Applications open in May/June.

Course fee

Year 1 Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Fieldwork Practice and Supervision [Social Work] costs are managed by the School of Applied Social Studies.

Year 2 Students are required to pay €2,000 tuition fees on successful progression to the MA Year 2 level of the programme.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2018 - TBC

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