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Learning Resources

Required Readings

Birkenmaier, J., & Berg-Weger, M. (2018). The practicum companion for social work: Integrating class and fieldwork (4th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.
Chapter 7, “Social Work Practice in the Field: Working with Groups” (pp. 156-185)

Optional Resources

Click the following link to access the MSW home page, which provides resources for your social work program:
MSW home page

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Assignment 2: Application: Process Recordings

A process recording is a written tool field education experience students, field instructors, and faculty use to examine the dynamics of social work interactions in time. Process recordings can help in developing and refining interviewing and intervention skills. By conceptualizing and organizing ongoing activities with social work clients, you are able to clarify the purpose of interviews and interventions, identify personal and professional strengths and weaknesses, and improve self-awareness. The process recording is also a useful tool in exploring the interpersonal dynamics and values operating between you and the client system through an analysis of filtering the process used in recording a session.

For this Assignment, you will submit a process recording of your field education experiences specific to this week.

The Assignment (2–4 pages):

  • Provide a transcript of what happened during your field education experience, including a dialogue of interaction with a client.
  • Explain your interpretation of what occurred in the dialogue, including social work practice or theories, and explain how it might relate to intervention covered this week.
  • Describe your reactions and/or any issues related to your interaction with a client during your field education experience.
  • Explain how you applied social work practice skills when performing the activities during your process recording.
By Day 7

Submit your Assignment.

Note: You should also share your process recordings with your field instructor during your individual supervision.
Note: Adherence to confidentiality is required in your process recordings. Do not include real names of clients, supervisors, or social workers with whom you may come into contact during your social work field education experience. Omit any personal identifiers when detailing the interaction with your social work clients.

Template

The first section is for introducing the client. Please include the following information:Agency InformationClient information (confidentiality of course)Session NumberDatePresenting Issue (reason for referral)Relevant InformationGoal of Session1. Client Goal2. Your Goal
DialoguePlease group dialogue together.Identify (for each section)1. Theory2. Practice Model3. Techniques and4. SkillsAnalysis/assessment of dialogueWhat was going on?  What were the patient’s reactions to your feedback?  How did the client respond verbally (quality of voice, tone, did the respond better to closed or open-ended questions?) How did the client respond non-verbally (how did you know they were listening? were they distracted? Did they welcome your feedback?)Personal reactions and self-reflection to the interactionWhat were you thinking?  How do you feel the session went?  What could you have done better?  What will you do differently/the same next time?

Process Recording- Cavanagh (Advanced Year) 2019

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