Case discussions as a way of integrating psychology into social work education

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We suggest that one way to help students to integrate psychology into their social work education is through case discussions which are routinely used in social work education to illustrate the realities encountered by social workers in their everyday practice. Literature suggests that case discussions help the students bridge the gap between theory and practice, enhance understanding of the complexities and challenges of the social work practice and foster critical thinking. Case discussions may, for example, allow one to integrate particular areas of knowledge, such as neuroscience, into social work education. We suggest that the discussion of cases that depict clients in particular life situations, with specific behavioural difficulties and in need of help from a social worker, can be used to integrate psychology into social work courses. Students are encouraged to apply psychological concepts in order to consider explanations for the clients’ difficulties and potential strategies of providing help to them. While training to apply psychological concepts in their analysis, students learn to understand how these theoretical concepts are relevant for social workers in their work with clients.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Sociology


  • social work education, psychological theory, case discussion
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Interdisciplinary pedagogy in higher education
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings from Lund University’s Teaching and Learning Conference 2019
Place of PublicationLund
PublisherLund University
ISBN (Print)978-91-89213-40-1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication categoryResearch
EventLund University's Teaching and Learning Conference 2019: Interdisciplinary pedagogy in higher education - Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Duration: 2019 Nov 72020 Nov 7


ConferenceLund University's Teaching and Learning Conference 2019
Otherhosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences and the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, together with the Division for Higher Education Development
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