Practice placements are important elements of social work training at qualifying and post qualifying level. A continuing issue in social work education is how to best integrate formal knowledge and practice learning in placement settings. Helping students employ and develop research skills in practice offers a practical way for students to integrate a critical understanding of theory and practice and to demonstrate transferable skills that enhance their effectiveness and employability. The workshop will be interactive and will allow participants to share experience and examples of good practice.
10.00-10.10 Welcome: Tony Evans, Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL)
Jan Fook, University of Dalhousie/RHUL – practicing research
Marianne Breschinsky, KIDSCOMPANY – doing research in placement
John Harris, University of Warwick – researching to surface good practice
11.30 -12.00 Workshops
Workshop A: Opportunities for using research skills in practice placement
Workshop B: Assessment of research skills in practice
Workshop C: Practice research support for placement
Workshop D: Disseminating practice research to students and placements
1.30–2.00 Workshops repeats: A and B
2.00–2.30 Workshops repeats: D and C
3.00-3.40 Workshop feedback
3.40-4.00 Plenary and Close
N.B. Each participant will have the opportunity to participate in all workshops over the course of the day.