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Practice Education (Developing Professional Practice) in Social Work Programme

Overview

The modules are suitable for qualified and experienced social work practitioners who wish to gain the knowledge and skills to teach, supervise and assess social work students during their first or last practice learning opportunity within a social care related organisation and ASYE social workers.

The modules provide a clear grounding in the role of Practice Educator including facilitating and assessing work-based learning through mentoring, supervision provision, training and other methods crucial to the learning and development of others including social work students, newly qualified social workers and supervisees. All teaching and assessments are in line with the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work (PEPS) 2020.

Who are the modules for?

The modules are suitable for qualified and experienced social work practitioners who wish to gain the knowledge and skills to teach, supervise and assess social work students during their first or last practice learning opportunity within a social care related organisation and ASYE social workers.

The modules will equip registered social workers to undertake the responsibilities of a Stage 1 and Stage 2 Practice Educator in accordance with the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS refresh 2020) covering Domains A – D and the Statement of Values. The modules meet the teaching requirements for the linked statements within the Professional Capabilities Framework (BASW, 2018), the SWE Statements of Proficiency, the Values and Ethics for Social Workers (2017). Practice supervisors can take the first three days of PEPS Stage 1 module.

Links to Continuing Professional Development

Registered social workers may also use the modules to fulfil the post qualification registration training and learning requirements under the regulatory body. The qualifications support candidates to further develop in the role of Professional Educator under the Professional Capability Framework (BASW, 2018) and to continue to develop a career in Practice Education.

Following assessment, registered social workers will achieve 15 masters level credits at each stage completed (30 masters level credits in total upon successful completion of both Stage 1 and Stage 2). These could be used within structured post-qualifying awards. They may be accepted at a range of universities offering such awards but they would make the decision to accept this as approved prior learning.

What will be studied?

PEPS Stage 1

  • Learn about models and theories of supervision/how to be a reflective supervisor/building a learning relationship.
  • Developing a social work learner’s capacity to be critically reflective/helping social work learners to understand and manage the emotional demand of social work and providing challenging and positive constructive feedback.
  • Theories of adult learning and how these can be applied in work with social work learners to enhance reflection on development.
  • Developing the social work learner’s capacity to make good use of knowledge in practice. Developing the ability to use practice education research to inform practice and contribute to the knowledge base of practice education.
  • Making fair and transparent assessments of social work learners. Working with social work learners who are struggling and whose practice is failing and enhancing the potential of all including high achievers.
  • Understanding of, and critical engagement with, the experiences of people with lived experience of social work including issues of culture and discrimination and social justice.
  • Self-reflection and professional development/practice educators as leaders in the organisation/using own supervision/becoming a mentor.
  • Knowledge of social work professional development frameworks for assessment and development.
  • Expertise in reflective supervision and completing holistic assessments of the student’s social work ability.

PEPS Stage 2

  • Expansion of knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the teaching at Stage 1.
  • The concept of the learning organisation and community of practice and how these can be applied when working with the team and agency in the context of the contemporary framework of social work education.
  • Research mindedness and developing the social work learner’s capacity to make good use of knowledge in practice. Developing the ability to use practice education research to inform practice and contribute to the knowledge base of practice education.
  • Demonstrating increased competency and reflection from Stage 1.

 

How will the modules be taught and assessed?

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Self-directed learning
  • Group work and discussions
  • Simulations
  • Case Studies
  • Tutorials

Currently the course is planned to be taught through a blended learning model. This means that the course will have a mix of online and face-to-face learning. Upon attending the course you will be informed what teaching is expected to be delivered online and what is expected to be taught face to face. However, should it become possible for us to offer full face-to-face teaching, we will give you advance notice, but the dates that you will be required to attend will remain the same. Upon a successful application you can view the finalised upcoming course dates, times and room numbers by logging in to your teaching timetable

The assessment of the module will be completed through:

  • An 80 per cent minimum attendance requirement for the course.
  • Observations of supervisory practice.
  • Compiling a portfolio of evidence that meets the PEPS Standards and Statement of Values.      
  • Leading a presentation as a teaching and development opportunity for students.

How to apply

Please complete the application form as an expression of interest in attending the PEPS programme. Please send the application to the email addresses identified at the end of the application form. Applicants will receive a confirmation email. 

Practitioners must have practised for at least two years following qualification and should demonstrate the ability to practice at PCF Experienced Social Work level. During this minimum two-year period, practitioners interested in qualifying as a practice educator should demonstrate their interest and commitment to practice education through activities such as supporting students and other new staff. Practitioners wishing to apply for the PEPS Stage 2 programme should complete the application form and provide evidence of successfully completing the PEPS Stage 1 programme (or equivalent). Candidates will later be sent an online link for the full university application process, which is required in order to have full access to the Library and be assessed as part of the module.

Course Dates

PEPS Stage 1 (October 2021 start)

Currently, the programme is tentatively scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, 6 October 2021
  • Thursday, 7 October 2021
  • Thursday, 18 November 2021
  • Thursday, 20 January 2022
  • Thursday, 17 March 2022
  • Thursday, 19 May 2022

Please note that these dates may be subject to change.

PEPS Stage 1 (January 2022 start)

Currently, the programme is tentatively scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, 12 January 2022
  • Thursday, 13 January 2022
  • Thursday, 3 March 2022
  • Thursday, 5 May 2022
  • Thursday, 2 June 2022
  • Thursday, 7 July 2022

Please note that these dates may be subject to change.

PEPS Stage 2 (October 2021 start)

Currently, the programme is tentatively scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, 20 October 2021
  • Thursday, 21 October 2021
  • Wednesday, 1 December 2021
  • Wednesday, 16 February 2022
  • Wednesday, 30 March 2022
  • Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Please note that these dates may be subject to change.

Teaching days are currently scheduled 9.30am – 4.30pm. Please note that there is an 80 per cent minimum attendance requirement for the course.

Fees

PEPS candidates are not charged for taking the modules(s) if they are supporting a Brunel Social Work student on placement.

Fees are charged at £750 per Stage if the applicant does not support a Brunel Social Work Student on placement (undertaking both Stage 1 and Stage 2 at Brunel would cost a total of £1,500). If the applicant is within an organisation that does not provide a suitably qualified practice assessor then additional fees may apply.

Unfortunately, you will still be charged even if the portfolio is not completed or your attendance falls below the minimum of the 80 per cent requirement.

Enquiries       

PEPS Mailbox

CHMLS-TPO-HS@brunel.ac.uk