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Professional Studies in Social Work

Credits:
32 ects

Empowerment in Social Work

Enrollment

19.04.2022 - 07.09.2022

Timing

05.09.2022 - 16.12.2022

Credits

10 op

Teaching languages
  • English
Degree programmes
  • Professional Studies in Social Work
Teachers
  • Marja-Liisa Saariaho
Student groups
  • IEPSW22F
    Empowerment in Social Work
  • SOS20B
  • SOS20C

Objective

Students have gained experience of client-centred action designed to promote client engagement. Students have learnt to examine clients' needs and position and clientship from the perspectives of social structures and processes. They are able to recognise practices, frinze areas and dead zones in the services and systems, which impair clients' position and engagement. Students are able to implement a variety of empowering activities which promote client engagement, using psychosocial, activity-based, creative, community-based, structural and empowering methods. Students know how to select methods that best suit the clients' or groups' needs, situation and resources. When planning activities, students take into account the boundary conditions and resources of the organization. Students have gained experience of planning, implementing and evaluating a process to promote client engagement and empowerment in a social work setting or in a project context. Students know how to acquire and produce information. They evaluate their action, professional development needs and career planning.

Content

- client-centred action to promote client engagement
- assessing the client's position and clientship from a structural and empowering perspective
- planning, implementation and evaluation of a process designed to promote client engagement and empowerment
- evaluation and development of one's action

Teaching methods

Orientation, practical training, learning assignment, counselling, poster seminar

Employer connections

Practical training 7 weeks

International connections

Studying in international group

Student workload

Practical training time is 260 hours.

Further information

Students must have passed one of the following study courses: Structural Social Work, Community-oriented Social Work, Empowering social work or Communication and Media in Social Work.

Evaluation scale

1-5

Assessment criteria, satisfactory (1)

X

Assessment criteria, approved/failed

Pass:
Students have gained experience of client-centered action designed to promote client engagement. Students have learnt to examine clients' needs and position and clientship from the perspectives of social structures and processes. They are able to recognise practices, unconventional areas and dead zones in the services and systems, which impair clients' position and engagement. Students are able to implement a variety of empowering activities which promote client engagement, using psychosocial, activity-based, creative, community-based, structural and empowering methods. Students know how to select methods that best suit the clients' or groups' needs, situation and resources. When planning activities, students take into account the boundary conditions and resources of the organization. Students have gained experience of planning, implementing and evaluating a process to promote client engagement and empowerment in a social work setting or in a project context. Students know how to acquire and produce information. They evaluate their action, professional development needs and career planning.

Qualifications

one of the courses included in the module Empowerment Competence

Further information

The course can be taken in English language