Field Education Practicum 1

 

Contract and Learning Agreement[1]

SWM107 Field Education Practicum 1

 

Student Information

Name: Click or tap here to enter text.
Student Number: Click or tap here to enter text.

Agency Name: Click or tap here to enter text.
Address: Click or tap here to enter text.
Suburb: Click or tap here to enter text. Postcode: Click or tap here to enter text.
Contact Number: Click or tap here to enter text.

 

Field educator 1 (onsite) supervisor

Field Educator Name: Click or tap here to enter text.
Position in Agency: Click or tap here to enter text.
Contact Number:  

 

Field educator 2 (onsite) supervisor

Field Educator Name: Click or tap here to enter text.
Position in Agency: Click or tap here to enter text.

 

External FIELD EDUCATOR (IF APPROPRIATE)

Name: Click or tap here to enter text.
Email Address: Phone: Click or tap here to enter text.

 

FIELD EDUCATION LIAISON OFFICER (FELO)

Name: Click or tap here to enter text.
Email Address: Phone: Click or tap here to enter text.

 

HOW TO COMPLETE THIS CONTRACT AND LEARNING AGREEMENT

instructions for how to compelte this form

  1. The student and the agency field coordinator (onsite) work together to complete this form.
  2. Once completed, it is signed by the student and the field educator (either agency or external).
  3. The student is required to upload the completed document to ExO for marking.
  4. The learning contract is to be submitted within 10 placement working days of the placement commencing.

The learning contract should be completed during placement time.

 

Student identified learning goals

Students develop unique learning goals that address the skills and practices they will develop specific to their placements. Each goal should develop a student skills, knowledge and values as an emerging social worker. These goals are to be linked to the eight AASW practice standards, outlined below.

 

Students must identify a minimum of six goals for this contract and learning agreement.

 

The SMART goal framework can assist students to develop meaningful and time-appropriate goals. SMART goals are explained below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One goal may apply to more than one standard. It may happen that as the placement progresses, these goals may change or are no longer relevant. If this happens, students can discuss this in their reflective journals and / or in their mid-placement meeting.

 

 

Without clear goals, it can become easy to lose focus on what we are seeking to learn on placements, and we can end up doing tasks that do not challenge or stretch us.  SMART goals help us to develop strategies to meet goals in a measured way, that keeps us inspired to stay on track, especially when we experience setbacks or difficulties.

 

Remember, the main purpose of your placement is learning, so we want to challenge and stretch ourselves to learn while on placement.

 

See the following page for a useful breakdown of SMART goals and their usefulness:
https://www.attendancebot.com/blog/ultimate-guide-smart-goals/

 

 

The AASW practice standards (2013)

The practice standards provide:

  • A basis for applying standards across the diversity of practice in Australia;
  • A basis of expected standards of practice;
  • A guide for the assessment of practice;
  • A guide for planning ongoing professional development.

Terminology:

Practice standard – Outlines the values and expected conduct of a social worker

Standard – What the student should demonstrate to meet the practice standard

Indicators – Examples of activities a student may participate in whilst on placement that meet this standard. These are a guide only. The student does not have to have undertaken these specific examples and may have been involved in other activities relevant to their placement, agency, tasks and learning opportunities. These activities can then be applied to the practice standard.

 

Links and resources:

The AASW Practice Standards are listed below. The standards and indicators should be accessed at

https://www.aasw.asn.au/practitioner-resources/practice-standards

 

 

 

AASW practice standards

 

  1. Values andethics

Social workers demonstrate that the values of social work are integral to their practice, they uphold their ethical responsibilities and they act appropriately when faced with ethical problems, issues and dilemmas.

Standard

1.1 Practice in accordance with the AASW Code of Ethics

1.2 Manage ethical dilemmas and issues arising in practice

 

  1. Professionalism

Social workers demonstrate active promotion and support of the social work profession, act with integrity and ensure accountability.

Standard

2.1 Represent the social work profession with integrity and professionalism.

2.2 Behave in a professional manner and be accountable for all actions and decisions

 

  1. Culturally responsive and inclusive practice

Social workers have adequate understanding and knowledge of cultural diversity in order to work in a culturally responsive and inclusive way.

Standard

3.1 Work respectfully and inclusively with cultural difference and diversity

3.2 Respect, strive to understand and promote the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures

 

  1. Knowledge for practice

Social workers have and obtain the knowledge required for effective practice.

Standard

4.1 Understand higher level systemic influences on people with respect to area of practice

4.2 Understand and articulate social work and other relevant theories and concepts

4.3 Understand the role of research and evaluation in obtaining and generating new knowledge for practice

4.4 Understand and articulate how and when theories, knowledge bases and knowledge sources inform practice

 

  1. Applying knowledge to practice

Social workers demonstrate the skills required to implement knowledge into practice.

Standard

5.1 Conduct an assessment and analysis of needs to inform the service being offered

5.2 Work collaboratively with relevant people

5.3 Use a range of specific social work methods and techniques appropriate to area of practice

5.4 Apply critical thinking and reflective thinking to practice

 

  1. Communication and interpersonal skills

Social workers demonstrate skills required to communicate and work effectively with others.

Standard

6.1 Effectively communicate with a diverse range of people

6.2 Effectively communicate the details and nature of the service offered to people

6.3 Effectively work with others in a team environment

6.4 Use information technology to communicate and provide services as appropriate

 

  1. Information recording and sharing

Social workers are accountable and responsible for the information they collect and keep in the course of their work.

Standard

7.1 Record and manage information appropriately

7.2 Keep and maintain information in accordance with ethical principles and relevant legislation

 

  1. Professional development and supervision

Social workers demonstrate commitment to ongoing learning through continuing professional development and supervision.

Standard

8.1 Actively participate in professional supervision

8.2 Engage in continuing professional development as outlined in the AASW continuing professional development requirements

8.3 Contribute to education and professional development of others where appropriate

 

Part A. Placement Arrangements

Attendance

Outline the expectation of the agency and UOW for your attendance on placement. Include a summary of arrangements for hours of work, notifying the agency and UOW when you are unwell, any times you cannot attend placement, recording and approving attendance, dress code and any other relevant details for attendance
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Supervision Arrangements

Provide a summary of your supervision arrangements; include days and times, what you need to have prepared for your supervision, the agenda for your supervision sessions, arrangements if your supervisor is away etc.

Include external supervision arrangements: including your integration seminars (which include group supervision), the arrangements for notifying and accessing information presented at the integration seminars, the expectations of your yourself and your supervisor for supervision

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Orientation Process

Describe the plan for student orientation to the agency, staff, client group and projects.
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Placement Tasks

Summarise the placement tasks that the student will be involved in: for example; projects, casework, group work, research, administration tasks, community development, policy and meetings. Outline the role of the student in relation to these tasks, for example undertaking interviews assessments, observation, writing reports or case notes, co-facilitate a group or presentation, conduct surveys. Be as specific and detailed as possible.
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Placement Learning

Describe methods of analysis, reflection and learning that the student will undertake during placement: for example; analysis of interviews and assessments, process recording, theory/practice integration, group analysis, organisational analysis.
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Part B. Learning Goals

Use the template below to outline your learning goals for this placement. You must include a minimum of 6 goals and you may include as many goals as are relevant to your placement. Add additional pages of the template after Goal 6 as required.

Goal 1

 

What is your goal?

What new skills and knowledge will be gained in working towards this goal? Be specific e.g. researching skills, professional writing, interpersonal skills such as listening and asking questions or others

Specific

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Which AASW practice standards does this goal apply to?

Name the standard number and title. Give an example of how this meets that standard

Measurable

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How are you going to develop this knowledge and skills?

Include methods, resources and strategies you will use.
Attainable Click or tap here to enter text.

What social work theory applies to these skills?

Include the theorist’s name, and why you chose this specific theory
Relevant  Click or tap here to enter text.

 

When will you demonstrate your new knowledge and skills?

Describe the point during the placement you will have achieved this goal?

Time based

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Goal 2

What is your goal?

What new skills and knowledge will be gained in working towards this goal? Be specific e.g. researching skills, professional writing, interpersonal skills such as listening and asking questions or others

Specific

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Which AASW practice standards does this goal apply to?

Name the standard number and title. Give an example of how this meets that standard

Measurable

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How are you going to develop this knowledge and skills?

Include methods, resources and strategies you will use.
Attainable Click or tap here to enter text.

 

What social work theory applies to these skills?

Include the theorist’s name, and why you chose this specific theory
Relevant Click or tap here to enter text.

 

 

When will you demonstrate your new knowledge and skills?

Describe the point during the placement you will have achieved this goal?

Time based

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Goal 3

What is your goal?

What new skills and knowledge will be gained in working towards this goal? Be specific e.g. researching skills, professional writing, interpersonal skills such as listening and asking questions or others

Specific

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Which AASW practice standards does this goal apply to?

Name the standard number and title. Give an example of how this meets that standard

Measurable

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How are you going to develop this knowledge and skills?

Include methods, resources and strategies you will use.
Attainable Click or tap here to enter text.

 

What social work theory applies to these skills?

Include the theorist’s name, and why you chose this specific theory
Relevant  Click or tap here to enter text.

 

 

When will you demonstrate your new knowledge and skills?

Describe the point during the placement you will have achieved this goal?

Time based

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Goal 4

What is your goal?

What new skills and knowledge will be gained in working towards this goal? Be specific e.g. researching skills, professional writing, interpersonal skills such as listening and asking questions or others

Specific

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Which AASW practice standards does this goal apply to?

Name the standard number and title. Give an example of how this meets that standard

Measurable

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How are you going to develop this knowledge and skills?

Include methods, resources and strategies you will use.
Attainable Click or tap here to enter text.

 

What social work theory applies to these skills?

Include the theorist’s name, and why you chose this specific theory
Relevant Click or tap here to enter text.

 

 

When will you demonstrate your new knowledge and skills?

Describe the point during the placement you will have achieved this goal?

Time based

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Goal 5

What is your goal?

What new skills and knowledge will be gained in working towards this goal? Be specific e.g. researching skills, professional writing, interpersonal skills such as listening and asking questions or others

Specific

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Which AASW practice standards does this goal apply to?

Name the standard number and title. Give an example of how this meets that standard

Measurable

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How are you going to develop this knowledge and skills?

Include methods, resources and strategies you will use.
Attainable Click or tap here to enter text.

 

What social work theory applies to these skills?

Include the theorist’s name, and why you chose this specific theory
Relevant Click or tap here to enter text.

 

When will you demonstrate your new knowledge and skills?

Describe the point during the placement you will have achieved this goal?

Time based

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Goal 6

What is your goal?

What new skills and knowledge will be gained in working towards this goal? Be specific e.g. researching skills, professional writing, interpersonal skills such as listening and asking questions or others

Specific

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Which AASW practice standards does this goal apply to?

Name the standard number and title. Give an example of how this meets that standard

Measurable

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How are you going to develop this knowledge and skills?

Include methods, resources and strategies you will use.
Attainable Click or tap here to enter text.

 

What social work theory applies to these skills?

Include the theorist’s name, and why you chose this specific theory
Relevant Click or tap here to enter text.

 

When will you demonstrate your new knowledge and skills?

Describe the point during the placement you will have achieved this goal?

Time based

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Part C. Learning Contract Agreement

 

Once the Learning Contract is complete sign below (hand written).

Signatures

Student

Name: Click or tap here to enter text. Signature:   Date:  

 

Agency field educator

Name: Click or tap here to enter text. Signature:   Date:  

 

Submission instructions

The completed and signed Contract and Learning Agreement is to be submitted to the SWM107 Field Education Practicum 1 ExO site. Please see your individual placement dates for your due date.

 

[1] Based on The University of Wollongong’s SOWK916 Learning Contract Professional Practice Placement 1