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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Personal Practice Framework: Head, Heart and Hand

Head, Heart and Hand

A Personal Practice Framework



8/27/2010



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
SIDE TWO
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

References
   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

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