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Social Work Individual Practice Development Days

The NISCC Requirements for Practice Learning (Revised August 2010) specify that there are 15 days to be used for individual practice development.


Outline of Activity

These days are in addition to current teaching time, linked to the curriculum and structured to meet the learning outcomes for Practice Development Days. The emphasis is on promoting students' personal responsibility for their own professional development through participation in a range of individual practice opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

Individual Practice Development Days (PPDs) will develop students' knowledge and understanding of:

  • the social work role
  • the range of communication skills social workers use in practice
  • the perspectives of service users and carers
  • the organisational context of social work
  • Social work as a professional activity.

Assessment Details

Individual practice development must be validated by the student's academic tutor.

Level of Commitment

All students are required to complete 15 Individual Practice Development Days
(equivalent of 90 hours - 1 day = 6 hours and 1/2 day = 3 hours).

Degree in Social Work Route Requirements - 3 Year Undergraduate Route

  1. Year 1 (level 1) - 10 days (60 hours) to be completed. 5 days will normally be organised by the university and 5 days will be student-led.
  2. Year 2 (level 2) - 5 days (30 hours) to be completed. These days should be completed following the first practice learning opportunity (PLO) and should
    address some of the learning needs identified at the end of the first PLO in preparation for the second PLO.

Year Relevant Graduate Route

  1. Year 1 (level 2) - 10 days (60 hours) to be completed. Some of these days may be organised by the university.
  2. Year 2 (level 3) - 5 days (30 hours) to be completed. These days should be completed following the first practice learning opportunity (PLO) and should address some of the learning needs identified at the end of the first PLO in preparation for the second PLO.

Contact

Mary McColgan
Sociology and Applied Social Studies
Coleraine
Tel: 028 71375229
E-mail: m.mccolgan@ulster.ac.uk