Using the AASW Code of Ethics analyse the ethical considerations that would guide your behaviour. Be specific with references to sections of the Code.

AASW Code of Ethics

To complete the requirements for assessment three you must:
1. Complete the three ALS presentations that are presented in tutoriala 2, 4 and 7
2. Complete four written items – two due five days before mid-placement and two five days before
end placement
3. Complete the pre-placement quiz before the first tutorial.
4. Complete the mid-placement quiz by tutorial 3.
The portfolio is designed to help you integrate what you have learned in your course work with your
placement experience. Some of the portfolio items involve writing about your experiences and some
involve presenting or discussing them.
THREE ALS PRESENTATIONS – 5 minutes each plus answering questions
• Agency analysis – tutorial 2
• Ethics review – tutorial 4
• My developing role as a social work professional – tutorial 7
Guidelines
1. Stick to five minutes
2. Use all of your five minutes
3. Practise speaking aloud before the tutorial so you feel confident and knowledgeable
4. No notes are allowed. You are speaking to the group – not reading to them.
EXCEPTION – for the Ethics Review you may have a piece of paper with the section and/or page
numbers of relevant parts of the Code.
5. A PowerPoint with the questions will be displayed to guide you in your presentation.
WRITTEN PORTFOLIO – total 4500 words
The word allowance for each item is 10% plus or minus the stated word count.
Due mid placement
• Process recording -1000 words – (There is some leeway in this because some people’s responses
will be longer than others and some responses will require more explanation.)
No set number of references – use as required
• Critical incident assessments – 1000 words – references as specified on template
Due end placement
• Theory with practice – 1500 words – references as specified on template
• Placement contribution – 1000 – A detailed account of one contribution you have made to the
agency and/or the social work profession.
Submission of Portfolio Template
The written portfolio pieces AND the mid and end placement report are submitted to your tutor via
email using the template.
Updated Feb 2018 2
PORTFOLIO PRESENTATIONS
Portfolio Presentation 1 – Agency Analysis (in tutorial 2)
• Presentation 5 minutes – as a guide to time spend about one minute of the first point and two
minutes each on points 2 and 3.
• Then there will be questions from the class. Everyone is expected to comment or ask questions
about at least two other students.
Purpose of this assessment
• To give you practice in explaining the work of your agency, theoretical frameworks used by the
agency and to discuss you proposed learning on placement in professional terms in the relative
safety of you Action Learning Set.
• I have added some dot points in red that give you a guide about things to include. It is important
to elaborate on the dot points when you speak. You are not limited to these dot points.
1. Overview of the agency
An overview of your agency and more specific information on the program that you are
placed in
o Name and whether government or non-government
o Large or small, number of staff, number of locations
o Where you, on your placement, fit into the organisation
2. Key theories or knowledge
1. Discuss key theories that underpin the service/ program.
2. Specialised knowledge that you think you need to develop for your placement setting – e.g.
in a school based placement you may need to develop specialist knowledge on autism.
o E.g. with drug and alcohol services they use motivational interviewing
o The key points of motivational interviewing are…
o They use motivational interviewing in practice by doing the following…
o I will need to learn about the different types of drugs and their physical and
psychological effects. So far I have learned about ‘ice’ and this is important because…
3. Social Work skills
1. Identify three of the social work skills you could develop on placement. Explain why these
skills are important to your placement. Be very specific.
I need to learn and practise the following:
o A client denied using currently drugs and one of the social workers challenged him on
this. Her questions and responses were skilful and I need to practise asking challenging
questions in a calm and pleasant manner.
o Writing concise case notes soon after an interview. I want to learn about how I best
write up direct speech and how to summarise a conversation.
o Writing a draft recommendation for my field educator. It needs to be factual, the
recommendations need to flow from the background facts and my words need to be
clear and specific
Updated Feb 2018 3
Feedback Sheet – Portfolio Presentation 1 – Agency Analysis – all requirements must be met to pass
Tutor Name Student Name Date
Requirements Requirement met √ or not
met ×
Comment if not met
Presentation spoken and not read
Overview of the agency clearly
explained
Specialised knowledge identified
3 social work skills identified and
discussed
Overall result pass or fail
Portfolio Presentation 2 – Ethics Review (in tutorial 4)
Purpose
The purpose of this activity is for you to critically analyse and apply one or two aspects of the Code of
Ethics to a specific situation and to explain how your practice has been influences by these aspects of
the Code.
Process for Presentation
Step 1
Choose a specific situation at your agency. It needs to be a situation where you are active rather than an
observer. Describe the situation clearly.
About 1 minute
Step 2
Using the AASW Code of Ethics analyse the ethical considerations that would guide your behaviour. Be
specific with references to sections of the Code.
3 1/2 minutes
Step 3
Summary – 30 seconds
Updated Feb 2018 4
Examples – Step 1 – For information only
Example 1
I am running a group for year seven students at a primary school. One of the students is worried about
what information will be given to other people. She was referred to the group because her teacher
thought she was lonely and withdrawn. She has behaved this way in the group.
Example 2
The mother of a teenager (18 years) with a physical disability is making choices for him that I assess he
could make for himself. I have a health related condition and was wondering whether I should share my
story with the mother and son about my experiences of growing up and being very protected.
Example 3
I am running a community consultation as part of writing a grant proposal. The room in the community
house where we meet has no air conditioning and is very hot. Also there are some very rickety stairs
with an unstable rail. I am told there is nowhere else to meet. I am worried that someone will be hurt.
Example 2– Step 2 – Longer answer
The value of professional integrity Code 3.3 needs to guide my intervention. When considering
something that may be helpful but which also has a chance of not being helpful I need to ensure that I
am acting from a position of self-awareness, transparency, competence and empathy (Code p.13, 3.3).
Under Code 5.1.1 e) I need to be aware of and ensure that my personal experiences are not clouding my
judgment in this situation. I am aware that I feel very strongly about maximum independence because
of my experience and I will discuss this in supervision. I have reflected on this at some length and think
that a carefully stated example of my experience could be helpful.
I am clear that the son is my client and Code 5.2.1 a) states that I need to maintain the best interests of
my clients as a priority with due regard to the respective interests of others. I need to be clear what my
wants and what would be in his best interests. I also know that his relationship with his mother is very
important.
Very specifically under Code 5.1.6 f) I need to use self-disclosure with circumspection and only if it will
benefit the client. When I am unsure I need to seek supervision.
In my last supervision session I discussed the situation with my field educator. She asked me to role play
what I would say. When I started to give my example I realised I was becoming very emotional. I realised
that I was not yet in a position to give my example in a way that would be helpful to the client. I
discussed other options with my supervisor. What I did in the end was meet with the mother and my
client with another social worker. We discussed activities that my client could do. I observed as my
colleague carefully drew out the mother’s concerns about her son’s independence.
Reference
Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), 2010, Code of Ethics 2010 (the Code),
https://www.aasw.asn.au/practitioner-resources/code-of-ethics
Step 3
Summary – 30 seconds
Updated Feb 2018 5
Feedback Sheet – Portfolio Presentation 2– Ethics Review – all requirements must be met to pass
Tutor Name Student Name Date
Requirements Requirement met √ or not
met ×
Comment if not met
Presentation spoken and not read
For the Ethics Review you may have a
piece of paper with the section and/or
page numbers of relevant parts of the
Code.
Specific situation where the student is
active in the situation is identified
Ethical considerations and how it would
affect your behaviours identified
Overall result pass or fail
Tutorial Presentation 3–My Developing Role as a Social Work Professional (T7)
Purpose
1. To articulate your development as a social worker in a professional manner in front of your peers
2. To demonstrate your awareness and understanding of the social work role
Guidelines
1. No PowerPoint – this is a personal professional narrative and we are interested in your
2. authentic voice without the distraction of props
3. You have very wide scope. For example, you can:
a) Do a before and after view of placement
b) Focus on where to from here re your professional development
c) Discuss what being a social worker means to you
d) Compare the social work role with that of other professionals
e) Discuss your ideal social work career
f) Choose a value and focus on that
Updated Feb 2018 6
Feedback Sheet – Portfolio Presentation 3
Developing Role as a Social Work Professional
– all requirements must be met to pass
Tutor Name Student Name Date
Requirements Requirement met √
or not met ×
Comment if not met
Presentation spoken and not read
Your development as a social worker was clearly
articulated in a professional manner
You demonstrated your awareness and
understanding of the social work role.
Overall result pass or fail
WRITTEN ITEMS
1. All written items must be written on the portfolio template – available from the website. Please
use this template to upload all four written portfolio items.
2. By the end of placement all four written items should be uploaded into the one template
DUE by email 5 days before mid-placement interview
PORTFOLIO ITEM 4: CRITICAL INCIDENT REPORT – 1000 words
1. Answer each question
2. Use an academic reference/s for questions 6
3. Word counts are suggested as a guide by each question
A critical learning incident
A critical incident is one that you believe or feel was crucial to your learning or practice as a social
worker or had a significant effect on it. It is an incident that is critical to your development as a social
worker on placement. It may mark a turning point, or, in a particular way, a change in your thinking or
acting.
A critical learning incident may be an incident:
• Which went unusually well
• Which did not happen as planned
• Which was ordinary and typical
• Which captured the essential nature of social work
• Which was particularly demanding
• Which raised conflicts or doubts
• Which caused you to reflect on the nature of social work or your role as a social worker
Note: Choose a specific incident that you can write up briefly, rather than a case or situation.
Updated Feb 2018 7
Questions – Answer each question – numbers are approximate word counts
1. Describe the incident itself in detail – 200
2. Explain why the incident was critical to you? – 100
3. What were you thinking and feeling as it was taking place? -100
4. What did you think and feel after the incident? -100
5. What did you learn about yourself as a social work professional? 200
6. Link your learning to one body of knowledge or framework that you have 200
7. How has your learning from this incident changed your thinking and your social work practice? –
100
Feedback sheet – Critical Learning Incident – Requirement met √ or not met ×
Clarity of description of incident
Ability to explain why the incident was critical to you and ability to
express personal information in a professional manner
Demonstration of self-awareness through identification of
thoughts and feelings
Clarity and relevance of linkage to social work knowledge
Articulation of what you learned about yourself as a social work
professional
Explanation of learning from the incident
Comment and overall grade – Pass or Fail
Portfolio written Item 2 – PROCESS RECORDING TEMPLATE: 1000 words:
This activity requires you to
1) Clearly state what you said or did in a conversation or interview
2) Reflect of what you said and why
3) Link your actions with social work knowledge and frameworks.
Updated Feb 2018 8
Feedback Sheet – Process Recording Requirement met √ or not met ×
Clarity of description of interactions
Demonstration of self-awareness through
identification of thoughts, feelings and
responses
Clarity and relevance of linkage to social work
knowledge
Comment and grade – Pass or Fail
Due 5 working days before end placement interview
Portfolio Item 3 –– 1500 words – Integrating Theory with Practice
1. Choose a client, project or group
2. Select a theory that guides your practice in this situation. Explain briefly why it is relevant
and include at least one reference for the theory
Portfolio Item 2
PROCESS RECORDING TEMPLATE: 1000 words:
Acknowledging Trish Hensley for developing this March 2104; Updated march 2017
Context of the interview
Purpose of the interview
Content of interaction
(verbal & non-verbal)
Student’sreflection
(Initial thoughts,
feelings, responses)
Knowledge utilised including theoretical
frameworks. Theories may be skills-based, a
particular ‘helping’ theory or derived from
disciplines such as psychology or sociology.
Updated Feb 2018 9
3. Briefly write at least three theoretical assumptions of the model – Use one or more
academic references for this
4. How do these assumptions affect your plan and intervention? Explain
each one in turn
1.
2.
3.
5. What are the limitations and advantages of this approach?
6. What skills do you need to implement this theory in this context? – state three skills and
explain why
1.
2.
3.
7. Give an example of how you have or would apply these skills in your placement
8. How would you evaluate your application of this theory?
Feedback sheet – Integrating Theory with practice Requirement met √ or not met ×
Clarity of writing
Explanation of relevance of chosen theory
Clarity and relevance of linkage to social work knowledge – ability to
identify and explain assumptions of the theory
Ability to critique the theory by identifying limitations and advantages of
the theory
Ability to identify skills needed and how you would apply them
Ability to evaluate your own practice
Comment and grade – Pass or Fail
Updated Feb 2018 10
Portfolio written item #4 – Placement Contribution– 1000 words
A detailed account of one contribution you have made to the agency and/or the social work profession.
Purpose:
1) Present a piece of work that is a highlight of placement
2) Demonstrate your knowledge, skills and values as a developing social worker
Explain the situation in detail e.g. a project, a group that was developed or a research conducted
1. What happened
2. What needed to be done
3. How did this come about– how was this need identified
References not required for this section although you may choose to refer to agency documents
My contribution
1. What I did
2. How/why it was useful to the social work profession
3. What I learned about social work and myself from this
You should link your answer to Q2 to social work literature. The number of references is at your
discretion.
Q3 should be linked to your developing social work identity
You are encouraged to use photographs, videos and/or audio where useful.
Do not include photographs of service users unless you include written approval by the agency.
Feedback sheet – Placement Project Requirement met √ or not
met ×
Clarity of writing
Ability to choose a relevant situation and to explain it
Clarity and relevance of linkage to social work knowledge – ability to
identify and explain assumptions of the theory
Ability to evaluate your own practice and contribution
Comment and grade – Pass or Fail

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