Learning Through Observation in Social Work

Learning Through Observation in Social Work : A Bio-Psychosocial and Developmental Perspective

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Observation has long been recognised as an important and valuable component of social work teaching and learning and is an essential part of social work training programmes. Learning Through Observation in Social Work develops the reader's understanding and appreciation of observation, its importance and relevance to social work practice and the inherent challenges. The book offers a psychosocial, or psychodynamic, understanding of observation. Beginning with infant and child observation, Megele addresses the developmental aspects of human experience and growth and chapters also cover young adults experiencing mental health and behavioural challenges, people with disabilities, and older adults. The book is firmly grounded in practice and will develop and enhance the reader's observational abilities and their capacity for self-awareness, analytical and critical thinking, and critical reflection. Referring to different settings ranging from home visits, to school, playground, group and social settings, both personal and professional contexts (e.g. self-observation, supervisory observation, observation of qualifying social workers or trainee practice educators), and clinical observations, this book is relevant to all social work students and practitioners who need a greater understanding of this vital part of their daily activity and training.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138905496
  • 9781138905498

About Claudia Megele

Claudia Megele is Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Head of Practice Learning/CPD at the University of Middlesex, UK. She is the author of Psychosocial and Relationship-Based Practice.show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Observation from a Psychosocial and Developmental Perspective 2. The changing views and dimensions of observation 3. Observation and Mindfulness: unpacking sensitivities and sensibilities 4. Preparing for and carrying out your observation 5. Theoretical dimensions of infant and child observation 6. Theoretical dimensions of observation across life course 7. Infant and Child Observation: Selma's Story 8. Young people with mental health and behavioural challenges 9. Thinking about and observing diverse-ability and neurodiversity 10. Observing an older adult: Jonathan's story: A narrative life course 11. Observation in systemic family group/therapy setting 12. Social Work and Observation: Observation in home visit 13. Supervisory and direct observation in placement and practice education 14. Observation for BIA and AMHP 15. Concluding reflectionsshow more