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WS1006 - Self in Professional Helping

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

This subject introduces students to the foundations of professional helping, with an emphasis on exploring the role of 'the self' in such work. Using a range of sources, students will explore the meaning of self and the social processes involved in its construction. The nature of professional helping is then examined, including an introduction to the philosophical origins, ethical and value orientations and knowledge base that underpin professional social welfare practice. Consideration is given to the different perspectives and theoretical frameworks which shape the understanding and practice of professional helping. The role of the self in helping practice is then explored, with an emphasis on the importance in this process of critical awareness and reflection.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe the key features of professional helping and their role in the helping process;
  • assess different perspectives on the nature of self and relate these to both personal experience and professional practice;
  • apply their knowledge of the nature and role of critical reflection to develop a piece of critically reflective writing;
  • construct a response to a case study that reflects their knowledge of professional helping and the use of self.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
WS1002 WS1004 WS3516

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: Dr Peter Jones
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
Assessment: quizzes or tests (20%); assignments (30%); case study response (50%).

Townsville, Limited, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Face to face teaching 11-Apr-2011 to 17-Apr-2011 (compusory on campus workshop)
Coordinator: Dr Peter Jones
Workload expectations:
  • 49 hours workshops/Seminars - 7 days on campus workshop in Townsville.
Assessment: quizzes or tests (20%); assignments (30%); case study response (50%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: Dr Jo Mensinga
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
Assessment: quizzes or tests (20%); assignments (30%); case study response (50%).

Mackay, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: Dr Peter Jones
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours tutorials
Assessment: quizzes or tests (20%); assignments (30%); case study response (50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.