The How and the Why: Competencies and Holistic Practice

Horder, William M. and Kelly, J.. 2001. The How and the Why: Competencies and Holistic Practice. Social Work Education, 20(6), pp. 689-699. ISSN 02615479 [Article]

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Social work education and training in the UK was, in the 1990s, restructured on a competence-based model. Drawing on the literature and a survey of students from one Diploma in Social Work programme, this paper offers a critical appraisal of this approach to social work education, placing it in the context of opposing ideological frameworks. It reviews the strengths and limitations of the system and discusses some of the problems and dilemmas arising in training for work involving values conflicts and complex tasks. It argues that there is a need for a new synthesis drawn from the strengths of technical rationalism and holistic reflective practice.

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Social Work



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12 Mar 2009 15:42

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13 Mar 2013 14:55

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