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Type of publication: Straipsnis / Article
Author(s): Šedienė, Polina
Title: Socialinio darbo praktikos vadovo vaidmenys ir funkcijos
Other Title: The role and function of managers leading social work practice students
Is part of: Socialinis darbas. Patirtis ir metodai, 2011, nr. 8(2), p. 173-181
Date: 2011
Keywords: Socialinio darbo praktika;Social work practice;Vadovavimas praktikai;Practice management
Abstract: Straipsnio tikslas – atskleisti socialinio darbo praktikos vadovo vaidmenį ir apibrėžti jo funkcijas. Subjektyvios straipsnio autorės patirties analizės rezultata įrodo, kad socialinio darbo praktikai vadovaujama keturiose srityse: administravimo, terapijos, ugdymo ir akademinėje. Socialinio darbo praktikos vadovo vaidmens raiška ir funkcijos priklauso nuo: praktikos vadovo išsimokslinimo, patirties, asmeninių savybių; praktikos organizacijos aplinkos; studento asmeninės motyvacijos; socialinio darbo mokymo praktikos organizavimo modelio.
This article analyses and presents the author’s ten years experience in managing students’ practical work placements. The aim of the article is to demonstrate the role of social work placement managers and to describe its function. The analysis of the experience of the practice manager shows that leadership for social work practice manifests itself in four fields: administration, therapy, training and academic. The functions of the social work practice manager in the administrative field are as follows: the formation of the setting of the practice, which involves the planning of practice time, place and structure; the integration of social work practice into the structure of the placement’s organization; the student’s activity combined with the activity of the organization’s workers and clients; mediation between the university and student, seeking to complete the practical tasks given from the university. The role of the social work practice manager as a therapist’s functions are: consulting, which involves finding a solution to the emotional and psychological problems that arise during the placement process; the supervision of professional relationships within the organization; its workers, volunteers and clients; the supervision of the student’s participation in the social therapy groups of clients/workers. The training function includes: student’s participation in the clients/workers occupations and meetings; providing information about specific client groups, organizational culture, management and activities; training about the methods of social work; training in the skills that are not connected with the concrete aims of the social work practice. The ability of the manager depends on the social worker’s competences, whereas the administrative capabilities depend on the skills of the social worker. The quality of the training provided for the social worker is of paramount importance in the process of the social work practice. Summarizing, the quality of the manager will depend on various different aspects that are covered in greater detail in the article.
Appears in Collections:Socialinis darbas. Patirtis ir metodai / Social Work. Experience and Methods 2011, nr. 8(2)

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