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Professional Practice Framework

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Amelia George

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Transcript of Professional Practice Framework

Professional Practice Framework
The all- rounder pasta
Recipe
Professional Identity
"T
o work alongside people, or groups to improve quality of life and wellbeing at an individual and social level. "
Ingredients
Passata
Vegetables
Herbs and Spices
Pasta
A good pasta needs a solid tomato sauce base, usually developed over a long period of time, and incorporating generations of input and a hint of region.
Like the pasta sauce, social workers like myself have a solid base that has previously been developed and brought into the realm of the social workers practice framework. Here the passata represents the personal values and experiences that I bring to my social work practice.
The vegetables used in my practice framework represent the theories and approaches that inform my practice. The perfect pasta sauce needs the freshest and best quality ingredients. Just as Social work requires evidence based practice with theories.
Theories
Social Work
Sociology
Ecological Theory: a biological approach in which clients are systems within subsystems and then in super systems (O’Donoghue & Maidment, 2005).
Attachment Theory: The ability to develop and maintain secure attachments results in a greater resiliency and flexibility to cope with problems in life (Nash, Munford & O’Donoghue, 2005).
Developmental: Positive adaptation is considered a major component attributing to individuals capacity for resilience and is measurable by the ability to successfully achieve the appropriate developmental tasks throughout the life stages (Schoon and Brynner, 2010).
Strengths based theory: Identifies that clients are able to resolve social and emotional issues by addressing their individual strengths and mobilising the resources available to the clients in all aspects (Maidment & Egan, 2009).
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: asses and contents through a number of goal-oriented, explicit systematic procedures.
Social construct Theory: people manage behaviour according to 'constructs' developed through past experiences.
Narrative approach: Every Narrative is a social relation: It represents an even, but interprets it within a social relationship.
Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft and the community lost perspective: Ferdinand Tonnies (1887), community and is described by Tonnies as being a living organism in which is inclusive of all mankind where people endure a lifetime together bound by strong emotional bonds and celebrating unities based on kinship. Society is an artificial entity in which individuals live alongside one another, yet live independently of each other.
Community Saved: communities have the ability to form and survive in urban situations in smaller, homogenous neighbourhoods (Flaherty & Brown 2010).
Theory of Stigma: (1963) interactions between those with stigmas attached and those without stigmas.
Feminist Theory: Critical and activist on behalf of women, seeking to produce a better world for women- and thus, it argues, for humankind.

Every Recipe requires decision making, The right amount of herbs and spices can make for a great dish, however, too much or too little can yield undesirable results.

Social work requires a large amount of reflection and decision making, it is the herbs and spices that represent Ethical decision making and the use of Critical Reflection.



When approaching decision making within the context of social work practice, it is important to understand the elements which are involved in the process. The elements involved in ethical modes of reasoning are that of the practitioner’s personal virtues, knowledge and skills. These are then influenced by the wider systems of client-worker- agency relations, the social work code of ethics, agency professionalism, and the socio-political context (Bowles, Collingridge, Curry & Valentine, 2006).
The use of critical reflection in social work contributes to the personal knowledge of the individual practitioner (Trevethick, 2008). It aids the development of a personal practice theory by way of continually analysing the implicit theories that impinge upon the individual practice leading practitioners to effectively create broader self-awareness and improve the decision making process (Maidment & Egan 2009, Fook, 2012).
Pasta is what holds the meal together, without pasta there is no solid binding that brings all of the work together. The AASW Code of Ethics and Practice standards provide a solid binding essential to social work practice.
The AASW code of ethics (1999) and the AASW Practice standards (2013) plays a central role in the personal practice framework of the social work practitioner as it guides the professional conduct of which social workers are responsible.
Method
to avoid burning, a pasta sauce should be cooked using a heavy based pot and let to simmer with some adjusting of flavours and textures.
This part of the recipe includes the practical application of theory and knowledge to practice, while sometimes I like a spicy pasta, It is not always the best option for the people I am cooking for. Just like the theories and techniques that i use for individuals.
Social work knowledge and professional development are an ever evolving dish, flavours are added and omitted and new experiences can lead to an added ingredient.
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