What is a mistake in social work and how can we turn it into a positive learning experience? Simply going over the events of the day is often not enough and can become overwhelming.
Learning from professional errors is, however, vital for successful reflective practice. This important book presents a theoretical framework that underpins this learning, along with a series of strategies for social workers to use either by themselves or as part of a group. These include creating questions and narratives to enhance learning, assertive techniques for receiving and offering criticism and organisational learning from mistakes.
With plenty of practice examples and questions for reflection, this is essential reading for both social work students, and practitioners and managers at all stages of their career.
The never-ending cycle of reflective practice;
What is a mistake in social work?;
Risks, responsibilities and opportunities from mistakes in social work;
Questions and narratives: basic tools for enhancing learning from professional mistakes;
Feedback and other tools for learning together from mistakes in organisations.
"raises some important issues...an interesting read." Professional Social Work Magazine
"A valuable exploration of mistakes as a rich source of learning to enhance the intellectual abilities needed for contemporary practice." Jane Foggin, Sheffield Hallam University
"Books on social work seldom address what can be learned from the inevitable mistakes that all professionals make in their careers. Dr. Sicora courageously confronts this issue with his remarkable book." Jack Wall, San José State University