Socialinis darbas. Patirtis ir metodai / Social Work. Experience and Methods 2009, nr. 3(1)

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    Praktikos vadovas (mentorius) socialinio darbo mokomojoje praktikoje
    [Mentoring in social work practice]
    research article;
    Socialinis darbas. Patirtis ir metodai / Social Work. Experience and Methods, 2009, no. 3(1), p. 141-153
    Mentors provide their expertise to less experienced individuals in order to help them to advance their careers, enhance their education, and build their networks. Social work practice is an integral part of Social work studies at Vytautas Magnus University, School of Social Work. The key role in this process plays practice supervisor – mentor. The aim of the research is to reveal and elaborate the organizational aspects and functions of mentoring in social work practice. The research problem includes the following question: what are the organizational aspects and functions of mentoring in social work practice? The first part of the article focuses on the concept of mentoring and main functions of the mentor. Still, there is no common agreement on the meaning of mentoring conception. Despite different conceptions presented in scientific literature, mentoring could be characterized as two – way relationship in the process of the individual and professional development. The key role in this process plays mentor – a person, who has the greater knowledge and experience at the particular area in his or her disposal. The second part of the article presents organizational aspects of mentoring. Despite the particular difficulties in mentoring process, mentoring provides benefits to all participants of the mentoring relationship: mentee, mentor and organization. In nowadays society called as „changing society“, the benefits of mentorship are essential. The third part of the article presents the mentoring aspects in the practice of social work. The role of the mentor (main professional supervisor in particular organization, which offers the possibility to fulfil social work practice), has the main importance in implementation of social work practice program. Mentor encourages students’ reflection also professional an individual development performing the career and psychosocial functions.
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    Bendradarbiavimo su organizacijomis patirtis organizuojant socialinio darbo studentų praktiką
    [Experience of cooperation with organizations while organizing practice for social work students]
    research article
    Socialinis darbas. Patirtis ir metodai / Social Work. Experience and Methods, 2009, no. 3(1), p. 67-76
    Social work training is closely related to the social work study program. Training provides important skills for students. Social work training for fulltime students has been organized since 1999 at Vytautas Magnus University. Valuable experience in the organization and implementation of students’ training has been gained during these years. This article briefly describes a place of social work training in the study program and its links with theoretical subjects and gives a general overview of 6-year long experience of the training program organization for full-time students. Program participants are introduced through their responsibilities, involvement in the training process and their interrelations. On the grounds of accumulated experience, the author provides insights into the causes of successful or unsuccessful implementation of the training program in a particular organization. The impact of organizational culture, division of responsibilities, attitude towards students, and communication on the students’ training process is analyzed. The article seeks to identify the factors that underlie successful long-term cooperation between the University and some organizations and withdrawal of other organizations from the training process. Experience in the training organization reveals that vertical and horizontal communication inside an organization has a direct influence on implementation of social work training. Many training places lack such communication. Students face formal and informal organizational systems while undergoing social work training. To ensure successful implementation of the training process it is essential to accommodate expectations of participants of the training process and division of responsibilities.
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    Socialinio darbo studentų praktikos vadovo (mentoriaus) funkcijos
    [Functions of a mentor of social work students]
    research article;
    Socialinis darbas. Patirtis ir metodai / Social Work. Experience and Methods, 2009, no. 3(1), p. 117-139
    This article discusses the functions and activities of a social work mentor are. The problem that one encounters at work is that the work of the social work mentor is not standardized. Thus it is difficult to evaluate its quality and its effect on the implementation and improvement of social work studies program. The goal of the article is to discuss the field of occupation and functions of the social work mentor. In the article, the concept of mentorship is defined, the functions of the mentor are described, the research that reveals the fields of mentor’s occupation and functions in social work is presented. The article is based on published work related to the subject in general way, an analysis of documents pertinent to a social work mentorship at Vytautas Magnus University, and interviews with four mentors and one tutor at this university in 2008. Social work mentors carry out four basic functions: agreement with the student about the practical work, guidance for students in working in specific situations, assistance through consultation about questions and difficulties that arise during the practical work, and evaluation of the students’ progress. All the mentors agreed on the importance of the initial meeting with students. During the period of practice, mentors also stressed the significance of getting feedback regularly from the student. Mentors take part in a life-long learning process which also helps them renew their own expertise and learn about new ideas. A social work mentor supervises student’s practice and takes part in improving practice studies. The mentor is a person who shares his/her knowledge, insights, wisdom and experience that is useful for student’s professional and personal improvement. This complicated work demands certain competence; however, the occupation of the social work mentor and the needed competence were not fully discussed until now.
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    Socialinio darbuotojo patirtis mokomosios praktikos procese
    [The experience of a social worker in the process of practice]
    research article
    Butrimavičienė, Snieguolė
    Jurkuvienė, Ramunė
    Socialinis darbas. Patirtis ir metodai / Social Work. Experience and Methods, 2009, no. 3(1), p. 45-66
    Straipsnyje analizuojama socialinio darbuotojo, kaip praktikos vadovo, patirtis socialinio darbo mokomosios praktikos metu. Mokomosios socialinio darbo praktikos tikslas – patikrinti ir įtvirtinti teorines žinias, įgytas studentams mokantis specialybės bei specializacijos dalykų, padėti jiems suformuoti profesinius įgūdžius bei pasirengti savarankiškam darbui. Mokomosios praktikos metu studentą lydi praktikos vadovas – socialinis darbuotojas, kuris yra patyręs specialistas, gerai išmano savo darbą ir moka padėti studentui įgyti socialiniam darbuotojui reikalingas kompetencijas. Nagrinėjant socialinio darbuotojo, kaip praktikos vadovo, patirtis, atskleidžiama: 1) vadovavimo mokomajai praktikai reikšmė; 2) motyvai tapti studentų mokomosios praktikos vadovu; 3) sunkumai, su kuriais susiduria socialinis darbuotojas vadovaudamas mokomajai praktikai.
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