The role of the liaison: reflection of practice

Carrington, Ann, Dickinson, Tracey, Mensinga, Jo, Mosby, Vinnitta, and Watson, Sally (2018) The role of the liaison: reflection of practice. In: Abstracts from ANZSWWER Symposium 2018 'Disruptive Social Work'. p. 14. From: ANZSWWER Symposium 2018: ‘Disruptive Social Work’, 20-21 September 2018, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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Field Education is recognised as a fundamental learning space for Social Work students to link theory to practice. The AASW provides Field Education guidelines (ASWEAS, 2012) that inform requirements, roles & responsibilities, location of placements and evaluation. The liaison role is identified as critical to field education and is clearly articulated in the ASWEAS standards (2012), yet there is limited literature expanding on the performance or evaluation of the liaison role.

A group of James Cook University social work academics met to discuss their interpretation of the liaison role. Using Fook and Gardner’s Critical Reflection Model (2007), the group explored critical questions on the diverse approaches to the liaison role in context of objective assessment and standardised grading, and our individual capacity to manage expectations regarding a uniform approach. The presentation recognises current Tertiary Education challenges, considers opportunities offered by the learning of alternate approaches from others and questions the importance of consistency in field education. The researchers suggest that beyond the identified core responsibilities of liaison in the guidelines, approaching the role with a different emphasis that reflects personal practice frameworks mirrors community based social work and meets the current complex needs of the University environment.

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Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2018 04:03
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940199 Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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