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INTERCOLLEGE SOCIAL WORK PROGRAMME. Social Work Education & Practice Placement in Cyprus. Dr. C. Panayiotopoulos Mrs. D. Cochliou. [email protected] [email protected] unic Outline. Current situation Some problems Implications SW Placement Levels

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  • Current situation
  • Some problems
  • Implications
  • SW Placement Levels
  • Social care organisations used for SW placement
  • Student Supervision
  • Practice Supervisor’s Role
  • Suggestions for improvement
current situation
Current Situation
  • Social Work Education & Training
    • Education was provided till 2001 solely from SW Departments in Greece
    • Since 2001 a new SW programme was developed which was covering educational needs in Cyprus for social workers
    • In 2005 a second programme is established, offered in two languages
current situation4
Current Situation
  • All programmes are based on the educational programme offered in Greece however
    • Social Work Education in Cyprus is offered only by private tertiary Educational Institutions
some problems
Some Problems
  • Teaching staff was not full based in Cyprus so there were gaps in the educational provision
    • Practitioners who hold a Masters are not being used in teaching due to the official guidelines…
  • Supervision was mainly provided by other professionals due to the lack of social workers who work in NGO’s
    • This is an issue that needs attention as there is a law in force (since 2005) who allows only Social Workers with a undergraduate degree in SW to register as a Social Worker
  • Students were receiving inadequate supervision in their practice placement
  • There is not an official body that supervises student’s field work so there are many examples of bad practice
  • A potential danger of having future professionals who have received inadequate training as far as their practicum concerns
  • Current social workers in non-governmental organisations have no previous experience in supervision (either to provide or receive)
  • In Social Welfare Services supervision is scarce due to increased workload…
sw placement levels
SW Placement Levels
  • 1οLevel = 4οSemester - 2 days per week
    • Understanding of key theoretical concepts which inform social work practice
    • Can produce a clear, concise & accurately presented written report
  • 2οLevel= 5οSemester - 3 days
    • Beginning ability to apply social work theories and methods
    • Demonstrates a beginning ability to analyse, evaluate & reflect on practice
  • 3οLevel = 6οSemester - 4 days
    • Ability to select, apply and sustain appropriate social work methods and demonstrate explicit use of same
    • Demonstrates an extended repertoire of skills integral to their practice
social care organisations used for sw placements
Social Care Organisations used for SW Placements
  • Students are placed only in organisations which employ a qualified SW
  • Examples:
    • Social Welfare Services
    • CYTA
    • Home for Mentally Retard Persons
    • Home for Elder People
    • The Cyprus Institute of Neurology &


    • Local Authorities
student supervision
Student Supervision
  • Students should have weekly protected supervision of 1½ hours with their practice supervisor
  • Supplemented by ongoing supervision as required with the university supervisor
  • Supervision is viewed as a shared responsibility between the student & practice supervisor
practice supervisor s role
Practice Supervisor’s Role
  • To help the student make links between theory to practice
  • To facilitate an understanding of the practice context & to consider how this knowledge impacts on their work with service users & carers
  • Help the student in supervision to revise relevant theory & link it to their practice & the placement setting. Make suggestions as to relevant reading material
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Practice Supervisor’s Role
  • Delegate tasks, read & feedback on any work requested to achieve the learning standards
  • Give continuous feedback to the student on their progress & encourage reflection & analysis of their practice
  • Work closely with the University supervisor in identifying the learning needs of the student, assessing & monitoring
the truth behind the scenes
The truth behind the scenes…
  • The support provided by practice supervisors is variable
  • Usually are too busy to perform their role & complete all the tasks
  • Lack of training on supervision
  • Their workload is overwhelming because their agencies are usually running with less personnel
  • There is not an established supervision system for professionals
  • As a result students do not receive professional supervision
suggestions for improvement
Suggestions for improvement
  • Develop training sessions to educated social work practitioners how to provide supervision to students
  • Develop an agency policy model on supervision for Cypriot social services
  • Establish links of collaboration & networking with universities abroad for practice placement
  • Support the local association of social workers to re-establish social worker’s role in the Cypriot welfare system