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Advanced Social Work Practice MA/PGDip/PGCert

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Code
PGL50M
Start
January 2019
Duration
2 years part-time
Attendance
Part-time
Fees
See individual modules
Course leader
Diane Apeah-Kubi

This programme will facilitate your transition of qualified social worker from being enabled by others, to becoming enablers of others, by meeting the practice education requirements as set out in the Practice Education Professional standards (PEPS). Enhance your professional social work skills and develop your capacities in critical reflection, supervision and professional leadership, so that you can practice at a specialist level and improve outcomes for users of services.

Why study MA/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Social Work Practice at Middlesex University?

Our academic staff and practitioners bring a wealth of experience and knowledge, and our long-standing and strong ties with local authorities, charities and independent agencies ensure our courses provide the most current policy and practice in social work.

Our social work team is also part of the North London Social Work Teaching Partnership, an initiative funded by the Department for Education to form a social work teaching partnership between local authorities. You will benefit from visiting practising Practice Educators supporting / facilitating teaching sessions.

Upon graduation, you will have developed the knowledge and skills to be able to apply for specialist practitioner roles and/or more advanced social work positions such as those within practice management.

What will you study on MA/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Social Work Practice?

Upon completion of this programme you will have knowledge and understanding of advanced application of theories, models and methods of social work interventions and related research in social work practice as well as understanding the lives and experiences of people who need social work services. You will be able to work in accordance with the relevant Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) and the social work regulatory body’s policies and guidance, and have the knowledge required to meet the requirements of PCF for social work at an advanced level.

What will you gain?

You will enhance and deepen your research practice skills and critical thinking so that you can evaluate research and scholarship in the field and apply it sensitively and systematically. You will develop your clinical and professional leadership, and demonstrate mastery of social work skills within your specialist area.

  • Modules

    • Practice Education (Stage 1) (30 credits) - Optional

      This module facilitate your transition of a qualified social worker from being enabled by others, to becoming enablers of others, and meeting the Stage 1 practice education requirements within a particular specialism such as adult, child and family, or mental health social work as set out in the Practice Education Professional standards (PEPS).

      Have a look at this module in more detail, including fees and learning outcomes.

    • Practice Education (Stage 2) (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will promote good practice in your assessment of and is supported by practice-based teaching. You will also be enabled to meet Stage 2 practice education requirements within a particular specialism of adult, children or mental health as set out in the Practice Education Professional Standards (PEPS).

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    • Best Interest Assesor (30 credits) - Optional

      This is an interprofessional module which aims to equip experienced practitioners in health and social care with the skills and knowledge required to enable you to undertake a Best Interest Assessment (BIA).

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    • Strengthening Mental Health Practice (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will enable you, as a qualified social worker, to demonstrate that since qualifying you have built on and extended both your practice and academic competence and capabilities in your practice within a mental health setting.

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    • Professional Supervision in Public and Community Services (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will further develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to enable you to enhance supervision practices within the workplace and ultimately improve service quality for service-users.

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    • Critical Thinking and Analysis in Social Work (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will facilitate and encourage you, as a qualified professional social worker, to engage with the underpinning principles of critical thinking and reasoned discernment in relation to your practice and decision making.

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    • Leadership for Public and Community Services (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will critically develop your knowledge and skills to enable you to work effectively within the context of leadership and service development in the workplace.

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    • Service Development and Quality Improvement (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide managers and practitioners with the opportunity to explore legislation and policy directions in public and community services. There will be a focus on the impact of the practitioner’s role in leading the development of services in a way that gives high importance to quality enhancing.

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    • Relationship Based Practice: Advanced Intervention Skills (15 credits) - Optional

      This module draws on a range of theories and principles to offer an interdisciplinary and in-depth understanding of relationship based practice for more effective social work interventions in child and family and adult social work.

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    • Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (15 credits) - Optional

      This module enables you, as a newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) during your assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE), to consolidate your social work knowledge, skills and values in your specialist area of practice.

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    • Developing Research Capability (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on developing your research capability as part of your professional practice within a health and social care context. You are given the opportunity to select a topic, or a concern which may be relevant to your professional practice and / or work context.

      Have a look at this module in more detail, including fees and learning outcomes.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MA/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Social Work Practice taught?

You will learn through research, reading and critical reflection, workshops, tutorials and class discussions. As part of the North London Social Work Teaching Partnership we have a range of academics delivering teaching as well as service users, carers and social work practitioners.

Assessment

You will be assessed via a combination of formative and summative written assignments, group work, assessed role plays and reflective writing based on practice experience. There are currently no examination assessments on the programme.

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How can the MA/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Social Work Practice support your career?

Upon graduation, you will have developed the knowledge and skills required to apply for specialist practitioner roles and/or more advanced social work/ welfare positions such as those within leadership and practice management.

Diane Apeah-Kubi
Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Work CPD Lead in the Department of Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine

Diane continues to keep her links to practice by acting as a Practice Educator to Social Work students and she has assisted the Metropolitan Police Training School (Hendon) with their Vulnerable Suspect and Witness Interviewing Course for trainee detectives.

Rahaman Mohammed
Senior lecturer

Prior to joining Middlesex, Rahman worked as a freelance trainer delivering workshops on safeguarding and Deprivation of Liberty. He also worked as an Approved Mental Health Professional and is a qualified Practice Educator.

Edd Carter
Senior lecturer

Edd leads the Law and Advanced Social Work Practice module. He has extensive social work practice experience of working in both Mental Health and Learning Disabilities services.

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Advanced Social Work Practice (Practice Education) PGCert

Start: January 2019

Duration: 2 years part-time

Code: PGL50P

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