UCC Adult courses

Advanced Fieldwork Practice and Supervision [Social Work] - MA

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Course Outline

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.

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.

Course Practicalities

Assessment

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.

Who teaches this course

Staff from School of Applied Social Studies and invited speakers.

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.

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.

Fees and Costs

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.

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see https://www.ucc.ie/en/finaidpt

How Do I Apply

Applications for this programme will re-open in 2019 for the academic year 2019/2020. TBC

Contact details for this course

Year 1 Modules

  • SS6800: Introduction to Practice Teaching and Supervision (10 credits)
    Introduction to conceptual frameworks of supervision and assessment of fieldwork practice. Theories and methods of reflective learning and adult/experiential learning. Constructing a reflective learning environment to encourage and promote reflective thinking and practice. Examination of current policy issues in relation to practice teaching. Introduction to different models of groupwork intervention and to their relevance for practice teaching. Examination of how the social groupwork perspectives of empowerment, participation and social inclusion are applied in work with students.
  • SS6801: Preparation for Practice Teaching (10 credits)
    An introduction to the humanistic values and ethical codes of social work and to identify the value conflicts inherent in the social and organisational contexts of social work practice. An examination of the role of practice teacher and the values that underpin that role. An introduction to anti-oppressive and anti-racist practices. A review of the practice teaching role within the agency context: placement planning, induction, supervision, assessment, recording and report writing.
  • SS6802: Developing and Demonstrating Competence in Practice Teaching and Assessment (5 credits)
    Work-based learning to meet identified learning needs. Reflection upon the process of developing effective learning agreements. Demonstration of teaching strategies and techniques used within the context of the agency setting.
  • SS6803: The Reflective Practice Teacher (5 credits)
    Candidates make a group presentation reflecting on their practice within an anti-oppressive, anti-racist framework, exploring their personal and professional development.
  • SS6804: Practice Placement (30 credits)
    Orientation to knowledge, skills and practices of teaching and supervision in social work. Introductino to competencies in practice teaching and supervision.

Year 2 Modules

  • SS6805: Dissertation in Advanced Fieldwork Practice and Supervision (Social Work) (30 credits)
    Writing a literature review, the role of theory in research, qualitative and quantitative research methods in practice.

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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