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Social Work Praxis – Summary of the debate on 31 January 2012 – #Socialwork Praxis


We are sorry for the delayed posting of our summary. We have had some technical problems and it has now been resolved.

Therefore, below is the summary of this week’s debate (31 January 2012).

Please note that from this posting forward we will post the tweets in the same order they appear in the time line in other words you will need to go to the bottom of the posting and read the tweets from bottom up (in the same order they appear in the usual twitter stream). We have decided to do this in order to save time and have a quicker release of the debate summary.

We take this opportunity to Thank You all once again for your participation and excellent contributions to the discussion and look forward to seeing you next week Tuesday (7 February) at 20:00GMT/15:00ET when we discuss “Support vs Safeguarding and Care vs Control”.

Social Work Praxis Debate Summary for 31 January 2012

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SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

@ProfSocialWork You’re welcome & thank you for your great work… :-) @SWSCmedia #SWSCmedia

8 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@ProfSocialWork @SWSCmedia @ProfJScourfield All good points, well made! #swscmedia

10 minutes ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@jaxrafferty @lillieputian @ProfSocialWork Yes, precisely right, the definition of stat placement is certainly not just LA #swscmedia

10 minutes ago 

twsw012 twsw

thanks for really interesting debate – have been downloading research whilst tweeting! #swscmedia

10 minutes ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@lillieputian @ProfSocialWork @jaxrafferty You can only do the best you can do. I did not wish 2 cause you any anxiety at all #swscmedia

12 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia Thanks #SWSCmedia a great debate really got a lot from it tonight. *Applause*

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jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Just want to say respect to all fellow #swscmedia in the frontline. Keep on keeping on. Now time to eat

1 minute ago 

Theresauno Tee Green

@SWSCmedia Where did time go?! Thanks 2 all those involved for organising such gr8 opportunity for debates ~Claudia, Nick, Prof! #swscmedia

1 minute ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@444blackcat oooh sounds good want to watch #swscmedia

2 minutes ago

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@ProfSocialWork I think you are exactly right. If any one thing needs to be jettisoned rapidly, it is the climate of fear. #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

444blackcat bc

#swscmedia distracted at the end by BBC2 my child the rioter v good

2 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

I think that happens in my office & I think it can be intimidating esp as the we are so task oriented & out of the loop w theory #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

great debate everyone….thanks @ProfSocialWork and@SWSCmedia #SWSCmedia

3 minutes ago 

Pynda0 Pinda

@ProfSocialWork research is an overwhelming learning experience.#swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

I think this fear lead to the disconnect between practice & theory & #socialworkers then wanting to discount it cause of fear #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

Thank U Everyone for ur great participation & ideas. The debate is now closed. We look forward to seeing U next week.@SWSCmedia #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

444blackcat bc

#swscmedia think its useful in MH they want us all to b AMHPs which requires pre qualification should be case for all fields

1 minute ago Favorite Retweet Reply

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@theresauno @mgoat73 Or fundraising #swscmedia

1 minute ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

Practitioners are also scared of research & theory and sometimes feel a bit disconnected from it & at times intimated by it #swscmedia>>>

1 minute ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Continue to build networks/alliances such as #swscmedia and get better at standing up for ourselves

1 minute ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@SWSCmedia Supervision, supervision, supervison! And supervision…..and supervision. #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

Theresauno Tee Green

@mgoat73 @njsmyth Sounds gr8 bt research needs #funding ! Back 2 theories! ;) #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

ProfJScourfield Jonathan Scourfield

#SWSCmedia way forward may be to aim for all masters profession. Encouragement from last govt but cuts are now a challenge. Unrealistic?

3 minutes ago 

Ermintrude2 Ermintrude

@Theresauno I have a copy on my desk :) #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@SWSCmedia Try to find some thinking and reflective time amidst the hubbub of practice. (Easier said than done of course…) #swscmedia

3 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

Theresauno Tee Green

@Ermintrude2 Yeah – I think it is also useful for qualified S/W 2 keep as reference – easy readin/explanations #swscmedia :)

3 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

PQ / CPD is going to be down to the individual #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@SWSCmedia Never give up. Never surrender ;-) #SWSCmedia

3 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@ProfJScourfield @SWSCmedia Agreed. There is little funding or support for PQ upgrades to Masters (though we still offer it!) #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@lillieputian @ProfSocialWork @jaxrafferty Can but say I believe it should be mandatory – at least 1 vol sector/1 stat placement #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

Any Last words of advise… for bridging the gap between theory & practice? @SWSCmedia #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

ProfJScourfield Jonathan Scourfield

@ProfSocialWork I agree re culture. It is also genuinely hard for employers to fund training when cuts are so deep #SWSCmedia

5 minutes ago 

lillieputian lillieputian

@Theresauno Thank you for that :-) #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@mgoat73 Oh good…glad YOU are..being a dean keeps my research time limited…hate that part of job #SWSCmedia

5 minutes ago 

Pynda0 Pinda

There are plenty of training on Reseach/ theories. Library’s offer them university’s. #swscmedia

3 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

Ermintrude2 Ermintrude

@Theresauno That’s a great book. I recommend it to my students and have the practice teacher version myself. They all love it!#swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

addicted2choco Sarah Clarke

@jaxrafferty @ProfSocialWork I will definately look at that, sometimes I lose sight of these important parts of SW #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@njsmyth Aha! That’s the important question to answer. Too little research has been done on this, but I’m up for the challenge! #swscmedia

4 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@SWSCmedia @ProfJScourfield @mgoat73 The #socialworkpraxis has to become seamless. A real challenge but definitely possible #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

6. Provide opportunities for continuing professional development, as well as access to research and practice guidance.#swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

Theresauno Tee Green

Theory and Practice: A Straight Forward Guide for Social Work Students Maclean and Harrison (ISBN: 978-1-903575-73-4)#swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia @ProfJScourfield @mgoat73 4. LA culture where no time given to theory & research 5. Managers fear of research & theory #swscmedia

1 minute ago Favorite Retweet Reply

lillieputian lillieputian

@ProfSocialWork @NickBerbiers @jaxrafferty I have stated my concerns no. of times, but get told not to worry…but I do #swscmedia

1 minute ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

Yes-maybe certificates RT @Pynda0: I think moving forward, encourage mentees to educate themselves on SW Reseach/theories #SWSCmedia

1 minute ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Another ref coming up – Employer’s Standards –local.gov.uk/web/10161/soci… tho only voluntary #swscmedia

1 minute ago 

addicted2choco Sarah Clarke

@SWSCmedia I think in the work place, being a practice educator helps #swscmedia

1 minute ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia @ProfJScourfield @mgoat73 1. Historical problems of SW being young profession. 2. SW attitude 2wards research & theory #swscmedia

1 minute ago 

anniecoops Anne Cooper

@mgoat73 @SWSCmedia #swscmedia dont get me wrong we still not perfect but better – we still need more research culture

2 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@ProfJScourfield Yes. Agreed. I guess we hae to be optimistic for the future in this regard? #swscmedia

1 minute ago Favorite Retweet Reply

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

5 minutes left, can you tell us what should be the way forward? & how we can improve this situation? @SWSCmedia #SWSCmedia

2 minutes ago 

lillieputian lillieputian

@NickBerbiers @jaxrafferty @ProfSocialWork worries me, can I work effectively as NQSW, never worked with a SW or done stat p’ment #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

444blackcat bc

#swscmedia we r still been encouraged with our CPD n getting funding for courses should be the same everywhere

2 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@ProfSocialWork Yes, but I wonder what effect higher fees are having on applications as there is a decline in mature applicants #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Am really sorry to hear that Sarah – point employer to Employer’s standards @addicted2choco @ProfSocialWork #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

Pynda0 Pinda

I think moving forward we should encourage mentees to educate themselves on SW Reseach/theories #swscmedia

1 minute ago Favorite Retweet Reply

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@addicted2choco @jaxrafferty exactly professional development is a foreign word in #socialwork #swscmedia

1 minute ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

Do research showing value of incorporating research/theory in education–tie to better client outcomes #SWSCmedia

1 minute ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

That is my worry that employers only responsible for assessing AYSE (HEI involvement optional) @addicted2choco@ProfSocialWork #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@ProfSocialWork Me too….scary trend #SWSCmedia

2 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@NickBerbiers @lillieputian @jaxrafferty really shameful that it has happened they are robbing u of your education #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

@ProfJScourfield @mgoat73 Excellent point. But why do you think that is the case? & what is or should be the way forward? #SWSCmedia

3 minutes ago 

addicted2choco Sarah Clarke

@ProfSocialWork @jaxrafferty It is! My development as a practitioner is being held back and so vital to improve practice #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

gotaspareticket Julian Shinn

Ha ha… sorry can’t concentrate on debate when #bhafc are playing #cpfc#swscmedia #localderby #priorities

3 minutes ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@lillieputian @jaxrafferty @ProfSocialWork I know, and yet for CQSW in was mandatory, you had to do one – rightly I think #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@njsmyth really de-professionalsing our profession. Makes me upset & what about SU what kind of service? #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

We have another 7 minutes in the debate. Would you dedicate that for telling us what should be the way forward? @SWSCmedia #SWSCmedia

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ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@njsmyth yes this is a big worry here also but more in adult #socialwork where they are hiring unqualifed to do the work of SW #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

ProfJScourfield Jonathan Scourfield

@mgoat73 #SWSCmedia I guess lack of research culture is also just a feature of the historically low educational base of SW c.p. other profs

3 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@addicted2choco @jaxrafferty *shakes head* yes to get to do your PQ is a battle so not surprised (sad really) #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

#SWRB guidance is there will have to be placement with statutory work involved & #socialwork qualified assessor #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@SWSCmedia I certainly don’t want to live in a world where there is some homogeneous profession called societal support officer. #swscmedia

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njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@ProfSocialWork If other professionals retrain as SW should be ok. Here they are being allowed to be hired in place of SWers #SWSCMedia

48 seconds ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@anniecoops @mgoat73 @SWSCmedia competition (I think) in the#socialwork field in terms of #socialwork uni places?? #swscmedia

1 minute ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

@anniecoops @mgoat73 Are these dichotomies in practice not de-facto deprofessionalisation aggravated by econometrics? #swscmedia

1 minute ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

@Jamestaylor2@SWSCmedia what’s role of college of social work in theory/practice… #swscmedia” Need TCoSW members to push for this

1 minute ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

Sorry…having Twitter client problems #SWSCMedia

2 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@anniecoops @mgoat73 @SWSCmedia that will have on theory & research and it’s application. As such a move creates more #swscmedia >>

2 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

#SWSCMedia

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444blackcat bc

@secretsw #swscmedia yes its part of the toolbox not everything but can be v useful

2 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@anniecoops @mgoat73 @SWSCmedia is offering incentives to other professionals to retrain as #socialworkers & wonder the impact #swscmedia >>

2 minutes ago 

addicted2choco Sarah Clarke

@ProfSocialWork @jaxrafferty I really hope so, I have been denied a request to have regular time to catch up with new research #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

.@SWSCmedia: Professional Interchangeability” driven by economics & costs at expense of services? #swscmedia Yes & integrated service ideas

2 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@anniecoops @mgoat73 @SWSCmedia interesting as I think SW is trying to take the same approach thinking of how gov. #swscmedia >>

2 minutes ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@Theresauno @SWSCmedia It’s in constant flux, and constant evolution: one step forwards two back, etc. Get there, we will! #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

Jamestaylor2 James Taylor

@SWSCmedia what’s role of college of social work in theory/practice… #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

secretsw secret social worker

#swscmedia research has its place and can be useful but in the end it’s about people and their individual situation

3 minutes ago 

444blackcat bc

@addicted2choco #swscmedia agreed n think it does often without SW knowing it but reduce bureaucracy ?

3 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

Do U think the “Professional Interchangeability” idea is driven by economics & cost reduction at the expense of services? #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Assessed Year in Supported Employment been developed by SfC CWDC so do not expect research informed but has to be mapped with PCF #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

anniecoops Anne Cooper

@mgoat73 @SWSCmedia #swscmedia More move towards graduate workforce I think. Evolution ive seen over 20 years (gulp!)

4 minutes ago 

twsw012 twsw

the first time you sit down in supervision you should be asked ‘what theory/research are you applying’ that would set the tone #swscmedia

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Theresauno Tee Green

@NickBerbiers @SWSCmedia Better late than never ay Nick?! #swscmedia

1 minute ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@jaxrafferty do you think that the new structure will help SW become more research minded? #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

secretsw secret social worker

#SWSCmedia in many ways the professionalisation of social work has been its ruin. It is now more related to numbers than people.

1 minute ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@ProfJScourfield I agree completely…lots of implicit theory. We need to help ppl learn how to make it explicit #SWSCMedia

2 minutes ago 

addicted2choco Sarah Clarke

@444blackcat Theory/reflection should underpin everyday, maybe this will lead to less mistakes being made and reduce bureaucracy #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

Helping NQSW from the beginning to consolidate their knowledge with specialised learning sets #swscmedia & time for thinking. Good step.

2 minutes ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@jaxrafferty @ProfSocialWork Oh, I know! I mean problematic when ppl apply to stat sector having not done even 1 stat placement #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

444blackcat bc

@ProfSocialWork #swscmedia Yes but what about us old gits

2 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Sorry to harp on new career structure in PCF may help with recognition of Experienced Social Worker/ Advanced Practitioner roles #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

Theresauno Tee Green

RT @twsw012 the 1st time U sit down in supervision you should b asked ‘what theory/research r U applying’ that would set the tone #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@anniecoops @SWSCmedia Yes, that’s true. You’re probably doing better than SWers. Is that because of your proximity to medicine? #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

ProfJScourfield Jonathan Scourfield

By ‘implicit’ I mean SWers have lots of assumptions about social problems and their role which can be traced back to theories. #SWSCmedia

2 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

🙂 RT @NickBerbiers@SWSCmedia I think we are being re-professionalised because we are now getting our praxis together! #SWSCMedia

4 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@ProfSocialWork Absolutely. Its open to everyone. I have one service user and one CAMHS SW taking it at present. #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@NickBerbiers @jaxrafferty yes good placement and good practice assessors so important #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

Pynda0 Pinda

sometimes I think the profession gets a bad rep and other times I think not everyone(outsiders) sees value in involving a SW #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

Do U think “interchangeable professionals” are actually a jack-of-all trade approach w/c will further deprofessionalise practice? #SWSCmedia

4 minutes ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@SWSCmedia I think we are being re-professionalised because we are now getting our praxis together! #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

ProfJScourfield Jonathan Scourfield

Am v late sorry. There’s lots of theory in routine SW practice – mostly IMPLICIT. But v little evidence. Reasons are complicated #SWSCMedia

5 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Complex work can be found in non-Stat agencies, many doing legally statutory work @NickBerbiers @ProfSocialWork #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

IMHO Reflection & staff development need to be “sold” to mgmt as investments to reduce turnover (& therefore costs) #SWSCMedia

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anntieup Annie

As an MSW student…the emphasis on research is there but some professors emph more than others. Few students like the classes. #swscmedia

59 seconds ago 

444blackcat bc

@addicted2choco #swscmedia agreed but reliant on individuals when it should be built into everyday practice

1 minute ago 

Zeyneb_Ibrahim Zeyneb Ibrahim

#SWSCMedia i recommend Trevithick for critical reflection/reflexive practice

1 minute ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@ProfSocialWork @jaxrafferty My pov the placements ppl do makes HUGE difference. How can ppl graduate without stat placement? #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

swfield UB SSW Field

LOL @444blackcat #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

Theresauno Tee Green

@njsmyth @UBSSW Totally agree – have said b4 that O.U ‘Research wiv children n y.p’ course is 9mths alone. #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@mgoat73 had a quick look – looks great can FCS #socialworkersalso do this e-learning course? #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@jaxrafferty Agree completely Jackie…this is the only way to go…hope it’s not too late to do it #SWSCMedia

3 minutes ago 

anniecoops Anne Cooper

@mgoat73 @SWSCmedia #swscmedia Sorry to gatecrash! – we do better than we used to! We r increasingly evidence based carers as nurses

3 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

Do you believe that #soscialwork & certain other professions are being deprofessionalised because of the theory-practice divide? #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

444blackcat bc

#swscmedia use of theory/research in practice should be linked to funding then bosses would find time for it imho

4 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Many qualified at Master’s level but prior to 2004 could also qualify at Diploma level – employers tend not to differentiate #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@jaxrafferty do you think that the situation has improved with the UK adopting a degree instead of diploma #swscmedia

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ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@444blackcat reflecting and time for reflecting is also very important#swscmedia Agree >> but very little of this in practice.

1 minute ago 

swfield UB SSW Field

and in US RT @ProfSocialWork@swfield @njsmyth and I think the same would be for many UK #socialworkers in my area of practice #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

Didn’t know that RT @ProfSocialWork@swfield @njsmyth also in the UK only recently has SW become a degree programme #swscmedia #SWSCMedia

2 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

IMHO need to assert theory, research informed profession of #socialwork more urgent than ever #swscmedia Yet it still feels like a long haul

2 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@swfield @njsmyth and I think the same would be for many UK #socialworkers in my area of practice #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

We (@UBSSW) have had more success making research year long course w/same prof, adding a project, & putting it in 1st yr of MSW.. #SWSCMedia

3 minutes ago 

444blackcat bc

#swscmedia for me the main issue is time limits ability to reflect n apply theory

3 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@swfield @njsmyth is not encouraged. this combined with the CP culture means I am struggling up against a mountain #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

swfield UB SSW Field

And so anyone can do it RT @ProfSocialWork@swfield @njsmyth #swscmedia #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@swfield @njsmyth the thought of something like that scares her & then creates this culture where theory and research talk #swscmedia >>

4 minutes ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

Reactive, humanistic practice not ideal (in my view) – often happens in CP, but needn’t. Managers should ensure it does not #swscmedia

3 minutes ago

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@SWSCmedia Yes, but little different from other professions such as OT and nursing #swscmedia

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ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@swfield @njsmyth so for example my manager has a 2 year diploma in #socialwork and never did a research project etc #swscmedia >>>

1 minute ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Old chestnut of nurse can give injections but the #socialworkercan’t. Yet nurse can undertake social work roles! #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@CllrMc @Ermintrude2 More info can be found at bit.ly/z59vqN tho link to online prospectus is down. DM me if you want more #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@swfield @njsmyth also in the UK only recently has SW become a degree programme #swscmedia >>>

2 minutes ago 

Theresauno Tee Green

Agree re; commitment 2 learnin bt S/Ws already learn an awful lot in short space of time n critical analyses is skill in itself #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@swfield @njsmyth a fear of research and theory as most ppl identify #socialwork with being a doing profession #swscmedia >>>

2 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@jaxrafferty yes, this trend is underway in the U.S. Many different professions competing w/SW #SWSCMedia

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Oscarbsw Thabo Oscar Mafa

@Docsstaff i agree #theory is not well applied or rather difficult to understand #socialwork>> #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@garethwall RTed your comment because you didn’t have hashtag (#SWSCmedia)

4 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

Is the problem of theory & practice divide a distorted notion of practice? & practice cultural problem in #socialwork?@SWSCmedia #swscmedia

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jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Saw a worrying line in SfC bulletin re aim of having ‘interchangeable professionals’ Anyone can do assessment, care management! #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

USA accrediting body requires research in BSW education & MSW education. And we still struggle w/topic w/students #SWSCMedia

2 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@jaxrafferty @SWSCmedia Thanks for the reminder! So curricula should change then … #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

swfield UB SSW Field

agreed @njsmyth it is a culture that needs to be fostered and supported #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@ProfSocialWork @SWSCmedia Well, indeed, and that too! Neither is good for us or families #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@Theresauno @SWSCmedia Not that I’m aware of, but something like it may exist. Can anyone help? #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia Sometimes this does happen at least that what I found in my PQ training #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

@jaxrafferty @mgoat73 Excellent point. But, is the problem a distorted notion of practice? & a cultural problem? @SWSCmedia #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

RT @garethwall@njsmyth totally agree. It needs to be embedded in the workplace– the time to think is essential to improve #SWSCMedia

4 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Just for reference – interactive PCF atcollegeofsocialwork.org/pcf.aspx – may be of interest to non English #socialwork peeps too #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

@mgoat73 We saw that & our compliment… Have posted it on LinkedIn. Is the question then cultural? #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@twsw012 agree commitment to learning & responsibly for learning#swscmedia but some ppl find that difficult in all professions not just SW

5 minutes ago 

Oscarbsw Thabo Oscar Mafa

@NickBerbiers i agree with you #socialwork #swscmedia we must all take responsibility

5 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@SWSCmedia It’s not possible to separate it out and blame one group. I think we all need to take responsibility for it. #swscmedia

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SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

@mgoat73 Important point then is the experiential orientation of #socialwork overshadowing the importance of theory+research? #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

Hi Treva…@LovEternal glad you could make it! #SWSCMedia

5 minutes ago 

Theresauno Tee Green

@mgoat73 @SWSCmedia cont’d ..journal – Praxisluc.edu/socialwork/abo… #swscmedia

6 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Research literacy is in the new English Professional Capabilities Framework @mgoat73 @SWSCmedia We fought to get it in there #swscmedia

6 minutes ago 

Theresauno Tee Green

@mgoat73 @SWSCmedia Agreed! Do we have anything like Loyola University of Chicago, school of social work who have student run… #swscmedia

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NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@ProfSocialWork @SWSCmedia There is an argument that we ended up with govt compliance because we were so praxis poor #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

twsw012 twsw

Lazy -you have to be committed to learning – SW degrees are only the index page of what we need to know #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia it is not unusual to come into the office and have children needing immediate foster carers etc. #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Where is our version of globalwelfare.net ? #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

Zeyneb_Ibrahim Zeyneb Ibrahim

#SWSCMedia im a yr2 sw student-are you saying research is more credible than theory/models of practice?

2 minutes ago 

Pynda0 Pinda

@swfield helps with time mgmt #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@SWSCmedia We must all take responsilibty. #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia like we are the relationship police or social police because we just have to react and react to stuff #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

I agree re need for comparative social work – there is much work around comparative social policy, we need the same @Theresauno #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia to #socialwork and #socialwork thinking always in practice we are always managing a crisis #swscmedia & sometimes feels >>>

2 minutes ago 

Oscarbsw Thabo Oscar Mafa

@SWSCmedia i think it’s because theory is difficult when coming to applying it practically #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia The biggest problem with #socialwork is the compliance culture and the reactionary and task centred approach #swscmedia >>>

2 minutes ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@mgoat73 @SWSCmedia That’s a really imoprtant point, Martin. There is a real praxis gap there. #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@SWSCmedia … it is a problem when it comes to professional identity and defining our own future – bit.ly/xAcRPN #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

Why have #socialwork & its practitioners distanced themeselves so much from theory & research? @SWSCmedia #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@SWSCmedia Research literacy is not taught as a basic requirement of SW training; we don’t have a strong research culture … #swscmedia

7 minutes ago 

twsw012 twsw

Lazy -you have to be committed to learning – SW degrees are only the index page of what we need to know @ProfSocialWork@SWSCmedia

6 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@njsmyth solicitors seem the most worried when they see theory. They like theory but from ‘experts’ not SW #swscmedia@SWSCmedia

7 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@Theresauno @SWSCmedia No – and that’s the problem. No time is provided for this kind of professional development #swscmedia

8 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@SWSCmedia I will refer to theory in the assessment section of court rpt, but will still refer back to the facts to anchor it #SWSCMedia

8 minutes ago 

1flower89 Faye Flower

@SWSCmedia you will understand what theory n research has been applied?

8 minutes ago 

1flower89 Faye Flower

@SWSCmedia what! Social workers apply theory and research without realising? I’m a SW student, and that’s the idea I have. Reflecting bk

9 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@SWSCmedia you can include theory if you differentiate it from facts…it’s just not encouraged… #SWSCMedia

9 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@444blackcat @SWSCmedia what’s OP team thanks

10 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia also think that it helps one to have an open mind & not get stuck in lazy thinking #swscmedia

11 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

@mgoat73 Why do you think that is the case and does that not pose a significant problem? @SWSCmedia #swscmedia

11 minutes ago 

444blackcat bc

@SWSCmedia #swscmedia think theory more used than research but depends a lot on team worked in OP team pace too fast care in out to review

11 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia helps you to have a deeper understanding of the family & also identify potential risk factors. #swscmedia

11 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

@njsmyth We understand. But is that not blind-sighting ourselves?@SWSCmedia #SWSCmedia

11 minutes ago 

thatsokthen l smith

@SWSCmedia If true, will be due to caseload pressures and no reflective time/supervision. But theory/research often ‘there’ surely?

12 minutes ago 

ScottDuffy Scott Duffy

@ProfSueWhite @SWSCmedia I am finding my PQ training very unfulfilling as are many of my colleagues…

12 minutes ago 

addicted2choco Sarah Clarke

@SWSCmedia I find the biggest issue for me is finding the time and space to do this, definately not easy.

12 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia I agree with that, I think that it helps with our reasoning and analysis & understanding the complexities of case #swscmedia

12 minutes ago

Theresauno Tee Green

@mgoat73 @SWSCmedia Do u believe they have time 2 review n critically assess research and have research bakgrounds 2 enable etc? #swscmedia

12 minutes ago 

ScottDuffy Scott Duffy

@ProfSueWhite @SWSCmedia Agreed, however in multidisciplinary teams our specialist knowledge is compromised… This needs recognising…IMO

13 minutes ago 

lavinialady Orpheus

@SWSCmedia in the hope of creating a learning culture within a team I feel its vital to share research and reports with each other, whenever

14 minutes ago 

twsw012 twsw

@SWSCmedia yes, but i have to bear in mind that it is intended to be read by the carers – so language i use is important

14 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@njsmyth @SWSCmedia I think CP work is the same all about the facts in court arena. #swscmedia would like to know what others think.

14 minutes ago 

thatsokthen l smith

@444blackcat @swscmedia Yes, havin students SO important to give PE/PT time to learn too. Helps me to critically reflect. What do I believe?

15 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@SWSCmedia Judging by our students (all experienced SWs), not much research goes into SW reports – it is not part of our culture #swscmedia

16 minutes ago 

Oscarbsw Thabo Oscar Mafa

@swscmedia@nqobilentekade won’t be joining us tonight as she has to attend a workshop #SWSCmedia

16 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@SWSCmedia Our judicial system isn’t big on theory…likes facts.#SWSCMedia

17 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia to #socialwork and #socialwork thinking always in practice we are always managing a crisis #swscmedia & sometimes feels >>>

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swfield UB SSW Field

@Pynda0 sounds like a helpful tool #swscmedia

1 minute ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia The biggest problem with #socialwork is the compliance culture and the reactionary and task centred approach #swscmedia >>>

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Theresauno Tee Green

@jaxrafferty Country of origin often results in researchers havin diff priorities re; research interest etc-need comparative S/W#swscmedia

1 minute ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

Is gap btwn research+theory vis-a-vis practice due to practitioners? their managers? academia? researchers? bad practice culture? #SWSCmedia

1 minute ago 

Pynda0 Pinda

I use templates to ensure documentation addresses all issues #swscmedia saves time having a template

1 minute ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@mgoat73 @SWSCmedia That’s a really imoprtant point, Martin. There is a real praxis gap there. #swscmedia

1 minute ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@jaxrafferty please send the link #swscmedia very interesting and helpful.

2 minutes ago 

swfield UB SSW Field

@jaxrafferty thanks for sharing #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Old one still up but out of date – takes a case study approach to improve accessibility and relevance resmind.swap.ac.uk/index.htm #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

RT @ProfSocialWork@NickBerbiers Yes the compliance culture should not be forgotten it kills theory and thoughts #SWSCMedia

3 minutes ago 

swfield UB SSW Field

@jaxrafferty sounds interesting #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@SWSCmedia … it is a problem when it comes to professional identity and defining our own future – bit.ly/xAcRPN #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

Why have #socialwork & its practitioners distanced themeselves so much from theory & research? @SWSCmedia #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@NickBerbiers Yes the compliance culture should not be forgotten it kills theory and thoughts #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

I developed an online Research Mindedness module some years ago that is being updated by SCIE – be available soon which may help #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

If we don’t take time to reflect on our practice we lose our effectiveness. Taking time for reflection is critical #SWSCMedia

4 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@mgoat73 How many research courses do your students take? #SWSCMedia

4 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@ProfSocialWork yes…I think courts prefer facts…want opinions clearly identified #SWSCMedia

4 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@njsmyth solicitors seem the most worried when they see theory. They like theory but from ‘experts’ not SW #swscmedia@SWSCmedia

5 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@SWSCmedia Research literacy is not taught as a basic requirement of SW training; we don’t have a strong research culture … #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

444blackcat bc

#swscmedia not often i praise NHS Trust but think having Multi Dis formulation meetings has promoted use of theory in practice for our team

5 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@njsmyth I find that this happens CP cases also do you think it has to do with the court arena & the mistrust of theory there? #swscmedia

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Oscarbsw Thabo Oscar Mafa

i’m experiencing a bad connection here #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@Theresauno @SWSCmedia No – and that’s the problem. No time is provided for this kind of professional development #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

Let’s us not ignore the reality that the complaince culture in effect supressed theory / evidence led practice #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Perhaps false dichotomy between theory and research – theory building usually has some relationship to research IMHO #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@SWSCmedia I will refer to theory in the assessment section of court rpt, but will still refer back to the facts to anchor it #SWSCMedia

5 minutes ago 

swfield UB SSW Field

that is the challenge @jaxrafferty #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@SWSCmedia you can include theory if you differentiate it from facts…it’s just not encouraged… #SWSCMedia

6 minutes ago 

Theresauno Tee Green

@CllrMc That’s gud bt IMO there is a lot more 2 fully understanding/critically assessin research than covered on S/W courses #swscmedia

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jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Researchers need to be better at interpreting & presenting findings working alongside in a way that is relevant to practitioners #swscmedia

1 minute ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia also think that it helps one to have an open mind & not get stuck in lazy thinking #swscmedia

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SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

@mgoat73 Why do you think that is the case and does that not pose a significant problem? @SWSCmedia #swscmedia

56 seconds ago 

444blackcat bc

@SWSCmedia #swscmedia think theory more used than research but depends a lot on team worked in OP team pace too fast care in out to review

1 minute ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia helps you to have a deeper understanding of the family & also identify potential risk factors. #swscmedia

1 minute ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

@njsmyth We understand. But is that not blind-sighting ourselves?@SWSCmedia #SWSCmedia

1 minute ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia I agree with that, I think that it helps with our reasoning and analysis & understanding the complexities of case #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

twsw012 twsw

I saw a major breakthrough in a family when i explained childrens behaviour using theory at a family group conference #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

Seen more theory in court reports etc over recent years, but not great deal of research evidence in, perhaps because limited #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

Pynda0 Pinda

@ProfSocialWork geriatrics #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

Theresauno Tee Green

@mgoat73 @SWSCmedia Do u believe they have time 2 review n critically assess research and have research bakgrounds 2 enable etc? #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

swfield UB SSW Field

SW is an art and a science…you need to know the science and have room to consider other factors. #swscmedia

2 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@Pynda0 what is your practice area #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

Research indicates #socialworkers tend not to apply theory+research in their everyday practice. Why do U think that is the case? #SWSCmedia

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ProfSocialWork From The Gut

Hello @Oscarbsw hope you are feeling better. We’ve missed u welcome back #swscmedia cc@swscmedia @nqobilentekade

3 minutes ago 

CllrMc CllrSarahMcStravick

@Theresauno Hence proud to have BSC, lot of scientific theory in intervention and evaluation @HuddersfieldUni #SWSCmedia

3 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@njsmyth @SWSCmedia I think CP work is the same all about the facts in court arena. #swscmedia would like to know what others think.

3 minutes ago 

Pynda0 Pinda

I use research for proposals and presentations not for assessments or documentation #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

We try to teach our students to challenge authority if needed, but to do it well. And so they challenge us too :-) #SWSCMedia

4 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

@twsw012 Are you allowed to incorporate theories in your reports & assessments? #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

Theresauno Tee Green

@ProfSocialWork @gotaspareticket Yes I think is need for more reflexive practices and questioning, how,what,where etc n comparin #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

Ermintrude2 Ermintrude

@ProfSocialWork In my experience, more caselaw/research than theory. That’s my experience alone. #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

mgoat73 Martin Webber

@SWSCmedia Judging by our students (all experienced SWs), not much research goes into SW reports – it is not part of our culture #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@njsmyth really interesting as US SWers are really confident in this area & also have confidence to challenge managers #swscmedia

6 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Difficult to see how which theory applies given the uniqueness of individuals/families? So different from medical model. #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

Oscarbsw Thabo Oscar Mafa

@swscmedia@nqobilentekade won’t be joining us tonight as she has to attend a workshop #SWSCmedia

6 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@SWSCmedia Our judicial system isn’t big on theory…likes facts.#SWSCMedia

6 minutes ago 

444blackcat bc

#swscmedia agreed court tends to want evidence explanations of reasons decisions rather than research/theory

7 minutes ago 

Theresauno Tee Green

But S/W need scientific know-how 2 b able 2 understand/interpret complex realities of S/Us lives n consider comparative S/W #swscmedia

7 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

I have worked with some local agencies to build in a monthly journal article discussion group for staff– it’s worked well #SWSCMedia

7 minutes ago 

twsw012 twsw

reading the textbooks and manuals whilst writing up assessments helps me link theory to practice #swscmedia

7 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

@njsmyth Why do you think that is the case? #SWSCmedia

8 minutes ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

From my perspective (snr management essentially) the theory-practice separation has been significantly improving in recent years #swscmedia

7 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@Ermintrude2 FCS is also broad but I could give a yes or no answer #swscmedia to court reports.

8 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Bad connection? @toscarbsw#swscmedia

8 minutes ago 

CllrMc CllrSarahMcStravick

@jaxrafferty #SWSCmedia, think we can learn so much from international SWorkers, my oldmanager from US, led to interesting theory debates!

8 minutes ago 

444blackcat bc

#swscmedia not enough possibly lack of time at work so left to doing your own reading in own time

9 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia I find that I am expected to take my lead from my manager #swscmedia I wonder if it is the same for others #swscmedia

9 minutes ago 

Oscarbsw Thabo Oscar Mafa

experiencing difficulties tweeting #SWSCmedia

9 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

Not encouraged to include theory in court reports that I’ve done for adults.. #SWSCMedia

9 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@Theresauno @gotaspareticket Agree in parts. It depends some things you need to actively think about & apply like research. #swscmedia

9 minutes ago 

Ermintrude2 Ermintrude

@ProfSocialWork ‘adult services’ too broad. As is ‘court reports’. Research more than theory for BIA. #swscmedia

10 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

How much research do you incorporate in your practice? & reports? assessments etc.? @SWSCmedia #SWSCmedia

11 minutes ago 

Theresauno Tee Green

@gotaspareticket @SWSCmedia Hi Julian I added #swscmedia to yr tweet to get it included in debate.🙂

11 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

I thought @claudiamegele piece in @comcare was a great insight in to how research and theory building got separated from practice #swscmedia

11 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@njsmyth @Ermintrude2 With adult services are you expected to have theory in court reports? #swscmedia

11 minutes ago 

Theresauno Tee Green

RT @gotaspareticket #SWSCmedia Yes fully agree… it is normally underpinning what we do even when we’re not consciously ‘applying theory’

12 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@Theresauno I agree completely…we must tie research, theory, & policy to practice…otherwise it doesn’t “stick” #SWSCMedia

12 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

We are getting so international at #swscmedia we need to be mindful of not being too Anglocentric – different learning, practices, contexts

12 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

And good research builds and tests theory… #SWSCMedia

13 minutes ago 

swfield UB SSW Field

@ProfSocialWork Thanks! Good to be here. #swscmedia

13 minutes ago 

ajacob200 Ashley J

@SWSCmedia late but present!! :) #swscmedia

7 minutes ago 

Andrew_S_Hatton Andrew S Hatton

Pls RT #swscmedia Check out #Prisoner‘s Wives on #BBC1TV@9PM Tonight and see how #probation & #Social_Work are shownbbc.co.uk/programmes/b01…

7 minutes ago 

Theresauno Tee Green

Requirements = ‘Ensure that teachin of theoretical knowledge,skills n values is based on application to practice’ (DoH 2002) #swscmedia

7 minutes ago 

swfield UB SSW Field

@njsmyth Thanks…important discussion for sw education! #swscmedia

7 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@njsmyth Hi @swfield Laura a big warm welcome :-) @UBSSW #swscmedia

7 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@Ermintrude2 We encourage ppl to do that too…but you need both research and theory.. #SWSCMedia

8 minutes ago 

CllrMc CllrSarahMcStravick

@SWSCmedia have put research into assessments, gives evidence base to practice, I think #SWSCmedia

8 minutes ago 

Pynda0 Pinda

I think it’s difficult to stick to one theory bc clients are always changing. Also the situation “forces” you to adjust #swscmedia

8 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@njsmyth at least this is what I have seen when working with American #socialworkers #swscmedia maybe it has to do with training/confidence?

8 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

@ProfSocialWork I wish we would do more of it in the U.S., :-) #SWSCMedia

8 minutes ago 

Ermintrude2 Ermintrude

@SWSCmedia we are encouraged to refer to research #socialwork#swscmedia

9 minutes ago 

Jamestaylor2 James Taylor

Follow @SWSCmedia for #socialwork debate. Place for theory in sw practice #swscmedia

9 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

Hi Laura ( @swfield )…nice to see you here…(Laura directs our field placement program in Buffalo @UBSSW#SWSCMedia

9 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@njsmyth I know some might disagree but I think that American SW are more confident with theory & applying it in practice #swscmedia

9 minutes ago 

Pynda0 Pinda

@jaxrafferty @pinda @cllrsarahmcstravick good to see everyone as well ! #swscmedia

9 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@njsmyth I think that sounds amazing actually #swscmedia testing process I think we could do more of that in the UK.

10 minutes ago 

ScottDuffy Scott Duffy

@SWSCmedia Social Work education needs to specialise to improve theory to practice… Even PQ continues to be generic… #swscmedia

10 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

Everyone seems to appreciates & apply theories in everyday #socialwork practice. Do U incorporate research in your work/reports? #swscmedia

10 minutes ago 

swfield UB SSW Field

@njsmyth @444blackcat agreed about hypothesis testing…need to teach students that process…reflection…critical thinking.#swscmedia

10 minutes ago 

CllrMc CllrSarahMcStravick

@ProfSocialWork iy depends on which theoretical concepts managers use, discuss diff theories, invite diff practice issues #SWSCmedia

2 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Hello @pinda and good to see @cllrsarahMcStravick and all the regulars of course #swscmedia

3 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

I teach that practice itself is hypothesis testing process (and link to theory)…but I don’t think I am the rule this way #SWSCMedia

3 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

I think that #socialwork managers can sometimes be scared of theory and it’s application assessments or in supervision #swscmedia

4 minutes ago 

Pynda0 Pinda

Hello everyone in #swscmedia !! Cant wait to talk about sw praxis !!

4 minutes ago 

444blackcat bc

@swfield #swscmedia agreed application of theory has progressed through time perhaps depends on field n team

4 minutes ago 

CllrMc CllrSarahMcStravick

@SWSCmedia yes theoretical concepts essential, in every aspect of care cycle, assess, act, review, evaluate. #SWSCmedia

4 minutes ago 

njsmyth Nancy J. Smyth

In supervision/case conferences ask..:why do you think problem is happening? R there other explanations?” & then link to theory #SWSCMedia

5 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@swfield @444blackcat I think maybe this can be due to training as some SWers are just worlds apart in terms of theory #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Was puzzled not one mention of the ever present ‘attachment theory’ on the #protectingourchildren programme last night #swscmedia

5 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@swfield @444blackcat I think that some practitioners seem to be more orientated towards theory and others less so. #swscmedia>>>

5 minutes ago 

Ermintrude2 Ermintrude

@444blackcat I guess recovery models too ? #swscmedia

6 minutes ago 

Theresauno Tee Green

@SWSCmedia Surely S/Ws use theories 2 inform their practices every day – often wivout realising – assessin/identifyin changes etc #swscmedia

6 minutes ago 

swfield UB SSW Field

Schools may negate the role practitioners can play in generating theory. #swscmedia

6 minutes ago 

444blackcat bc

#swscmedia task centered n self directed a lot but a fairly eclectic mix throughout assessment care planing therapeutic work n reviews

7 minutes ago 

NickBerbiers Nick Berbiers

@SWSCmedia Here, here! We salute you @jaxrafferty #swscmedia

7 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia can feel so task orientated that it feels that you need to ‘do’ and ‘fix’ instead of think & incorporate theory #swscmedia

7 minutes ago 

swfield UB SSW Field

agreed @444blackcat but would qualify that more advanced practitioners do so. New sw must make a conscious effort.#swscmedia

8 minutes ago 

jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Nancy shows the difference between the therapeutic work she is engaged in and the process driven role in the UK vis a vis theory #swscmedia

1 minute ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia really interesting question about room as sometimes it feels as though it is not allowed in practice #swscmedia cause practice >>

1 minute ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

Do you apply any #socialwork theories in your everyday practice, assessments, reports, etc.? #swscmedia

9 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

Theory is an essential part of #socialwork practice the problem is that theory is not always understood well or applied well #swscmedia

10 minutes ago 

444blackcat bc

#swscmedia yes still room it becomes ingrained often only when reflecting do u realise that u were using theory all along

11 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@jaxrafferty agree men are good at cooking #swscmedia@SWSCmedia

11 minutes ago 

lillieputian lillieputian

@SWSCmedia Hello everybody #swscmedia

12 minutes ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@emakepeace or go to @swscmedia twitter stream and follow that for questions #swscmedia

12 minutes ago 

swfield UB SSW Field

agreed @444blackcat but would qualify that more advanced practitioners do so. New sw must make a conscious effort.#swscmedia

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jaxrafferty Jackie Rafferty

Nancy shows the difference between the therapeutic work she is engaged in and the process driven role in the UK vis a vis theory #swscmedia

1 minute ago 

ProfSocialWork From The Gut

@SWSCmedia really interesting question about room as sometimes it feels as though it is not allowed in practice #swscmedia cause practice >>

1 minute ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

So, in today’s debate our 1st question is: Is there any room for theory in social work practice? & if yes how, when and where? #swscmedia

12 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

But, this has also distanced #socialwork from academia, theory and research. #swscmedia

12 minutes ago 

SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

This closeness to users of service & practical nature of expected #socialwork outcomes has generated a practice orientation #swscmedia

12 minutes ago 

SWSCmediaSWSCmedia

#SocialWork & #socialcare professionals are involved in the lives & everyday lived “reality” of their users of service #SWSCmedia

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SWSCmedia SWSCmedia

Good evening everyone and welcome to @SWSCmedia debate on #SocialWork Praxis… Hope you’re ready to begin… #swscmedia

6 minutes ago 

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