Revisiting Social Work Theory for Contemporary Social Work Practice
Part of BASW's Taught Skills Development Programme
A session uniquely designed and delivered by Siobhan Maclean
Research throughout the pandemic has shown us how practice wisdom is critical to good social work – both for social workers themselves and the people they are working with. The essence of professional knowledge stems from social work theory. However, many of us have experienced that, in the pressure of procedural and process-driven social work, theory can easily fall off the busy professional agenda.
A refresher on theories, models, methods and approaches in contemporary social work is a ‘must’ for everyone. Siobhan has written widely about social work theory. Many students and social workers have benefitted from the famous Social Work Theory Cards. You can also carry social work theory around with you with the excellent Social Work Theory app. Siobhan will tailor this training to participants’ needs and interests so come along with any questions or queries.
Siobhan has been a social worker for 30 years and became a practice educator in 1995. Siobhan has worked independently for a number of years. As an independent her work is varied but includes training, devising practice learning resources and consultancy work. Siobhan still very much enjoys working as a practice educator and currently works with a few students a year in an off site capacity.
In 2004 Siobhan was appointed to the position of Secretary of the International Federation of Social Workers, holding this position for eight years. She still maintains close international links and enjoys working to support practice educators in countries where social work education is in the early stages of development.
Siobhan was recently appointed a Visiting Professor at the University of Chester. She is also an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning.
Siobhan has written widely, mostly around social work theory and critical reflection. She is committed to making the knowledge base accessible to busy practitioners and set up Kirwin Maclean Associates as an independent publishing organisation based on the values and ethics of social work.