Social Worker Skills and Practices

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Social work is a meaningful and fulfilling career, but it is not always easy. Social workers are responsible for helping individuals, families, and groups to cope with the serious problems they face every day. With limited resources, the social worker tries to improve these people's lives. Not everyone is cut out for this kind of work, but if you've got the calling then this free training course will help you develop the skills you need.
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    2-3 Hours
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  • Certification

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This course was sourced from OpenLearn under the Creative Commons licence conditions BY NC SA. The adapted version of the course on Alison.com is also published under the Creative Commons licence conditions BY NC SA.

This course aims to teach you valuable social work skills that will help you connect with the people you are trying to assist. First, you will learn how to develop your talking and listening skills in order to make reaching out easier. You will then learn how to develop your social work observation skills so you can take note of non-verbal communications made by the people you work with. This will make you a much more effective social worker who is more aware of the environment they are working within.

Dealing with children, whether as a social worker or as a parent, takes great understanding and patience. In this course, you will examine a case study that looks at parenting capacity and the role of the social worker in complementing this capacity. This will help you develop a deeper understanding of how to work with children and respond to their needs. You will also be given an overview of the most essential social work practices, particularly the three domains of critical practice.

This Social Worker Skills and Practice course will be very useful to anyone considering a career in social work. The valuable insights within the course will help you develop a greater understanding of people who need the assistance of a social worker, and will help you to provide them with what they need. These are valuable and meaningful skills that can really make a difference. So, start the course now, and improve your social worker skills today.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • List the key skills in social work which involve the senses.
  • List the key thinking skills in the social work process.
  • Discuss combining both thinking skills and the senses.
  • Define relevant skills and their importance to social work.
  • Discuss each key skill needed when managing information.
  • Discuss critical practice. List the three domains of critical practice.
  • Discuss constructive social work.
  • Discuss the importance of evidence and argument in social science.


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