The good we preserve for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into common life.

Jane Addams (1860-1935)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Personal Practice Framework: Head, Heart and Hand

Head, Heart and Hand

A Personal Practice Framework


Tanya Wallace: c01065218

This album is the ongoing work of my personal practice frame work; it is organic and fluid in its creation, re inventing itself for future practice. The record symbolises a continuous flow of knowledge, skills and values with underlying tracks embedded deeply into each groove of the vinyl itself. Those embedded grooves consist of the Australian Association Social Work practice standards and code of ethics, Social work core values and principles, reflective and reflexive practice, critical analysis, self care, use of self .and awareness of macro, meso, micro practice. These elements are sub conscious layers which are present throughout the entire album. Between tracks there is a break in recording reserved for reflection. The speed of the turntable can be sped up or slowed down as practice requires. The tone arm which represents “me” can drop in and out when needed. This visual represents new and evolving knowledge values and skills.  The flip side of this record incorporates the six methods of change used in social work practice allowing side two to link with the knowledge, values and skills of side one. Practice contexts will allow for many more recordings as my PPF develops. All the while keeping core Social work values, principles and ethics on continuous play. The visual model allows for other recordings to be mixed, cut and sampled creating a contextual framework for practice.

Side one
Track 1:  Knowledge (12’’ remix)
 Theoretical, empirical, procedural, personal and practice wisdom Drury-Hudson (1997) are the types of knowledge used to inform my professional practice frame work The theoretical knowledge that underpins my PPF  consist of the following:
 Strengths based perspective has for me, a solid foundation for social work practice. The principles that define the strengths approach have been described as an essential means to respectful and empowering practice (Mc Cashen, 2005, p1) The belief that all people have strengths and capabilities, and that they are experts in their own situation is a perspective I embrace and aspire to enhance and develop overtime. Systems theory is a practical and holistic approach The strengths of systems theory is the focus on interactions between individuals and systems opposed to concentrating on the pathology of the individual, as well as nurture change between individuals and their social environment (Healy 2005). As a Social Worker, it is imperative for me to comprehend how several multifaceted systems and sub systems (Macro, Meso, and Micro) operate both with regards to their reliance on each other as well as the interface between them in providing best outcomes for the client.  For example, looking at all levels of systems in a clients life help identify areas of growth with the intention of building valuable supports and networks (Payne, 2005). This is essential when working in my current role With Disability Services, as networking and community access provides empowerment, self determination and equity for the clients I support. Anti oppressive practice has been essential part of my frame work Having an awareness of the levels of social and structural oppression within society has provided me with insight and understanding when working with different client groups. For example:
·       In my role as a support worker (Disability Services) working with people who are extremely marginalised and discriminated against
·       community development (Inala Community House) with culturally and linguistically and diverse cultures (CALD) and other minority groups
·         Drug and alcohol treatment with Queensland Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment program (QMERIT) these clients are not only dealing with alcohol and drug dependence, they are also involved with the criminal justice system.
Being critically reflective of the power imbalances between worker and client  is also a important part of my PPF as not to further oppress people ( Healy, 2005)

Using strengths, systems and anti oppressive practice equips me with the knowledge values and skills to advocate and address the power imbalances for people who are extremely marginalized.

I have gained empirical knowledge from social work literature and research over the past years of study and understand the need to commit to ongoing learning as outlined by the AASW practice standards (2003).

  Practice wisdom for me has been a combination of knowledge and skills surrounding effective communication, respect, rapport building, trust, empathy, empowerment and advocacy. Understanding policy and procedures and making that fit with my social work knowledge, skills and values, are a challenge and requires constant reflection on practice ( Alle-Corliss&  Alle-Corliss, 2006). As has been inspired by the works of O’Connor, Wilson& Setterland, (2003) Acquiring and demonstrating procedural knowledge and skills within an organisational context is vital to understanding my role and responsibilities to clients within an organisational environment.

Track 2: Values ( 12’ remix)
 The values that I possess for practice are a combination of personal (experience and upbringing), academic (AASW code of ethics, 1999) and my years of experience working with families and people with intellectual disabilities. Together these values have enriched and informed the way I work, think and act. I was brought up to believe that all people should be treated equally and with respect. These values are what attracted me to the work I do today as a support worker and in turn what lead me to study social work. The core social work values and principles sit comfortably with my work and personal life.  My sexuality has given me a sense of being part of a minority which has increased my empathy for other minority groups. At an ethical level I believe that making decisions for practice needs to be constantly monitored and scrutinised. As guide for practice we are equipped with the AASW code of ethics (1999) as a navigation tool. However a clear understanding of our own values and ethic base can ethically affect our decision making process. For example I consider virtue based ethics as a base line for decision making in practice as it complements the community well being, having said that doesn’t discount the deontological( duty and rules) and teleological (consequence and moral)  thinking that plays a part in the varying decisions  that I make as a social worker (Mattison, 2000)

Track 3: Skills (12’’ remix)
Skills for practice, like knowledge and values require constant reflection, improvement and development.   The key stages of interaction with clients are a guide whereby various social work skills collaborate with knowledge and values to create a practice framework within the helping phase (Maidment and Egan, 2004),
Core interpersonal micro and macro skills assist with are essential part of building rapport and trust. Active listening combined with effective communication skills have helped me engage with diverse client groups.
The ability to tune in to various styles of communication, whether it be with:
·       non verbal clients ( Disability Services)
·        Cultural awareness and sensitivity within community development ( Inala Community House)
·        Counselling, case management and therapeutic interventions with clients with drug and alcohol dependencies (QMERIT)
  The skills I possess combined with  my knowledge and values create a  visual circular movement of a record that although has been recorded remains an organic and growing production that encompasses the album entitled “Head, Heart and hand : A Personal Practice Framework
Track 1: case work and case management
Track 2: social group work
Track3 :Family work
Track 4:Community practice
Track 5: organisational practice
Track 6: Policy practice; and research

   Alle-Corliss, L &  Alle-Corliss, R 2006, Human Service Agencies: An Orientation to Fieldwork, Thomson Learning, Belmont, California.
   Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) code of ethics, viewed 20 August 2010, <http://svc037.bne242p.server-web.com/adobe/about/AASW code of ethics-2004.pdf>.
  Australian Association of social Workers (AASW) 2003, practice standards viewed 20 August 2010, <http://scv037.bne242p.server-web.com/about/prof practice stds.htm>.
  Drury-Hudson, J (1997) “A Model of Professional Knowledge for Social Work Practice”, Australian Social Work, 50, 35-44.
   Healy, K 2005 ,Social Work Theories in Context, Palgrave Macmillan Houndsmills Basingstoke, Hampshire.
   Maidment, J & Egan, L 2000 and four, Practice skills In Social Work and Wefare: more than just common sense, Allen And Unwin,
   Mattison, M 2000, Ethical Decision making: The Person in the Process” social work vol45, 3, pp201-212.

   Mc Cashen  , W 2005, The Strengths Approach: a  strengths based resource for sharing  power and creating change, St Lukes innovative resource, Bendigo, Victoria.
   O’connor,I, Wilson 2003, J and Setterland,D 2006, Social Work and Welfare practice, 4th edn, Pearson Longman, Frenchs Forest, NSW. 
   Payne, M 2005,  Modern Social Work theory, 3rd edn, Palgrave Macmillan, Hounds mills Basingstoke, Hampshire


  1. Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been
    blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is great, as well as the content!

    my blog ... know more

  2. Woah! I'm really loving the template/theme of this blog. It's
    simple, yet effective. A lot of times it's very difficult to get that "perfect balance" between superb usability and visual appearance. I must say you've done
    a excellent job with this. Also, the blog loads super fast for me on Opera.
    Exceptional Blog!

    my web-site :: more info

  3. Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account
    it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from
    you! However, how could we communicate?

    Also visit my website meditation chair Cape Town

  4. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I assumed
    this publish was once great. I don't recognise who you might be but definitely you are going to a famous blogger for those who are not already. Cheers!

    Also visit my website: website

  5. It's awesome in support of me to have a website, which is good for my experience. thanks admin

    Also visit my website click here

  6. Wow, this article is pleasant, my sister is
    analyzing these things, so I am going to inform her.

    Also visit my web page :: Visit Link

  7. I don't even know how I stopped up here, but I assumed this publish was once great. I don't recognize who you're however certainly you're going to a famous
    blogger in the event you aren't already. Cheers!

    Also visit my webpage Software consultant Gauteng

  8. Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all folks you really recognise what you're speaking about! Bookmarked. Please also talk over with my website =). We could have a link trade contract among us

    Feel free to surf to my blog post: piercings Port Elizabeth

  9. I've read several excellent stuff here. Definitely value bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much effort you put to make this sort of fantastic informative web site.

    my weblog - luxury villa marrakech

  10. Hello there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and
    found that it is really informative. I'm gonna watch out for brussels. I'll appreciate if you continue
    this in future. Many people will be benefited
    from your writing. Cheers!

    Here is my weblog :: oxygen Therapy cape Town

  11. I am sure this piece of writing has touched all the internet visitors, its
    really really fastidious paragraph on building up new blog.

    My web site - womens clothing store

  12. These are truly wonderful ideas in on the topic of blogging.

    You have touched some fastidious points here. Any way keep up wrinting.

    Review my blog post ... events management Cape Town

  13. I was curious if you ever considered changing the page layout of your website?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content
    so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two images.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

    My site - Interior Design And Architecture

  14. Hi to all, how is everything, I think every one is getting more from this web site, and your views are nice for new viewers.

    Here is my web page Click here

  15. Very nice post. I certainly appreciate this site. Keep writing!

    Here is my website recruitment Africa

  16. Hi, I check your blog on a regular basis. Your story-telling
    style is awesome, keep it up!

    Feel free to surf to my blog post :: specialised cakes

  17. Hello, for all time i used to check webpage posts here early in the
    break of day, as i love to gain knowledge of more and more.

    Feel free to surf to my page :: cranes

  18. I am not sure where you are getting your information, but good topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.
    Thanks for magnificent information I was looking for this information for my mission.

    my blog post - digital printing durban

  19. Every weekend i used to pay a visit this site, because i
    wish for enjoyment, for the reason that this this website conations genuinely good funny data too.

    Visit my website - calories burned walking

  20. I've tried to your former 35 quite a few many years to eliminate and Retain OFF my belly unwanted excess fat. I have attempted each factor from diet plan regime tablets, personal trainers, just about just about every diet plan regime ever proposed, I at this time spend on two gym memberships, at any given time, and in addition have not had the time for you to utilize the advantages of either among them in over a year. I have to state that only level that assisted me weight loss programs in long island hoping that the natural environment, ease as well as the availability about the amenities finding opened from 5:00a.m until eventually ultimately ten:00pm would inspire me to remain on course, attend a handful of on the cardio courses, aquatics lessons, phase programs etc…

    Have a look at my page http://wiki.caputosdeli.com/index.php?title=User:LeannaNutt

  21. Hi there! I could have sworn I've been to this site before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it's new to me.
    Nonetheless, I'm definitely glad I found it and I'll be bookmarking and checking back frequently!

    My webpage - pirater un compte facebook

  22. Hello, its nice piece of writing about media print, we all
    understand media is a great source of information.

    Also visit my website ... http://www.escamoes.pt/wiki/index.php?title=Do_It_Yourself_Simple_Juice_Smoothie_Recipes

  23. Hi, just wanted to mention, I loved this blog post. It was inspiring.

    Keep on posting!

    Here is my weblog - Generateur De Code PSN

  24. Here are some quick tips that help to lower their cost for
    car insurance Calgary or scotiabank auto insurance
    quotes Edmonton, you can also multiple insurance policies,
    anybody comparing prices should check them out. You may find that CA scotiabank
    auto insurance quotes will approve their application. Cutting your rush hour
    drive time in half through carpooling should save you a bundle over buying it
    from a flesh and blood agent. In order to get business.

  25. Hi there, I think your website could possibly be having browser compatibility problems.
    When I look at your web site in Safari,
    it looks fine however, when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping issues.
    I simply wanted to provide you with a quick heads
    up! Other than that, excellent site!

    my website ... Child Care Fullerton

  26. Greetings I am so excited I found your blog, I really found you by mistake, while I was browsing on Google for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to
    say thank you for a remarkable post and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design), I
    don’t have time to browse it all at the minute but I
    have saved it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a great
    deal more, Please do keep up the great jo.

    My weblog ... Abercrombie Paris ()

  27. I am actually glad to read this website posts which includes lots of valuable information,
    thanks for providing these information.

    my webpage ... Sac Louis Vuitton - -

  28. Appreciating the time and energy you put into your blog and detailed information you
    offer. It's nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn't the same outdated rehashed material.
    Fantastic read! I've bookmarked your site and I'm including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

    Also visit my web page Boutique Guess

  29. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you happen to be a great
    author. I will always bookmark your blog and may come back someday.
    I want to encourage you continue your great writing, have a nice day!

    Feel free to surf to my page; Air Max Pas Cher

  30. Everyone loves what you guys are usually up too. This type of clever work
    and exposure! Keep up the good works guys I've added you guys to my blogroll.

    My web site - Borsa Gucci

  31. Excellent. As a social work lecturer in South Africa, I find it inspiring and something that my student should take note of.

  32. this is a good blog

  33. What a information of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious knowledge concerning unpredicted emotions.

    Here is my site :: detox my body

  34. Hi Tanya. As a 4th year SW student currently finalising my own framework, this gave me some great ideas. I hope that you are still learning and adding to your "groove". Kindest regards, Ralph (future Qld SW)