Taking the next step – service users and the training

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title = "Taking the next step – service users and the training",
abstract = "During the last decades, many new ideas about the proper ways to educate social workers have been brought up by the profession and the social work research as well as by employers and educational institutions. Lately though, a new voice has been heard – that of the client and the service user. “We want to contribute to the education, we have a lot to teach the students” they say. Social work education in the UK is now obliged to engage service users as coteachers. The authors of this paper support this voice and claim that it is time to leave the competency model behind (feed the student with as much knowledge as possible) for an advanced training of professionals based on critical reflection and the sharing of everyday life with the people who are to become the students{\textquoteright} future clients. However, this takes more than simply engaging clients as speakers. In this paper, we report from an experimental course at the School of Social Work in Lund, Sweden and argue that this course gives a possibility to move along the road towards widened diversity and integration by challenging the traditional academic base of the education. However, this course also gives the education the chance to play an active role in shaping the society on a broader base rather than simply bringing up new social workers. This paper is divided into four sections. We start by focusing on discourses and problems within social work as a profession and its education. Then we report about initiatives that currently are being taken to put users{\textquoteright} involvement in the education of social workers on the agenda. Thirdly, we inform about an experimental course that we run and especially concentrate on the pedagogy that is used. Lastly, we make implications for the future.",
author = "Verner Denvall and Cecilia Heule and Arne Kristiansen",
year = "2007",
language = "English",
note = "Social change and social professions ; Conference date: 15-03-2007 Through 17-03-2007",