Stepping Stones – preparing for placement training
Part of BASW's taught skills development programme
A session uniquely designed and delivered by Siobhan Maclean
In many ways placements are the treasure of social work training. Whilst the specific requirements around placements differ from one programme to another there are some key things that students can do to prepare for placement effectively to ensure that they get the most from the treasure available. Siobhan has been a practice educator for 27 years and in that time has worked with more than 200 students, she will draw on this experience to provide some very practical hints and tips around getting the most from every placement opportunity
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.