Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

Social Work Field Education Enhanced – (part two)

Supervisor

Cherie Appleton (or mobile phone 027-3214660 or land line 623-8899 ext. 48558)
Jenny Hare
Jinling Lin

Discipline

Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

Project code: EDU011

In 2018 part two of this project aims to engage a summer scholar
who will:

  1. Assist us to undertake a further analysis of the data gathered from the survey with pilot cohorts of Bachelor of Social work and Masters of Social Work students, their field work supervisors and university educators.
  2. Begin a draft of an article for publication, reporting on key themes emerging from the above analysis.
  3. Develop an interview guide and begin the process of assisting us to gather further qualitative data through semi structured interviews with selected respondents.
  4. As necessary prepare an extended ethics application to extend the research period and refine participant selection 

Part one context and results so far with this research

This research intends to discover ‘if and how’ the application of an E Portfolio pedagogy emboldens transformational learning in social work field placements. The aim of the research enquiry is to discover ‘what’ the parties to practicum field work partnerships are experiencing in the E Portfolio process and to identify enablers and barriers to enhanced transformative learning. 

In 2016 we piloted E-portfolio pedagogy with 6 cohorts of social work students. Part one of this project engaged a summer scholar to work with the Practise Learning Team to complete an annotated literature review in relation to the application of E-portfolios in educational field work settings and to assist us in administrating our survey. 

Results to date

The practice learning team have results from a Qualtrics survey, providing input from a number of stakeholders. This has generated an initial data set that was analyzed for themes, possibilities and pitfalls. A presentation of these results was made to an international conference last year 2017. Richer qualitative data is now sought to better understand the impact of these recent pedagogical changes.

The Youth-Adult Partnerships Project: Relational ingredients that promote youth thriving

Supervisor

Dr Kelsey Deane

Discipline

Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

Project code: EDU014

Relational social interventions, like youth mentoring programmes, are widely implemented to promote the positive development of young people but the effects of such attempts are variable, and many mentoring relationships fail.

The Youth-Adult Partnerships (Y-AP) project aims to identify the critical ingredients of successful youth mentoring relationships and is the first in the field to longitudinally link behavioural observations of actual mentor-mentee interactions to important relationship and youth development outcomes.

The summer scholar will join the research team and contribute to participant recruitment, laboratory-based data collection and organisation, and coding of video-based observational data. Extensive training will be provided.

The Taranaki Reflective Supervision Initiative (TRSI) – pilot project with Oranga Tamariki

Supervisor

Matt Rankine

Discipline

Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

Project code: EDU018

The TRSI is a pilot research project with the New Plymouth Oranga Tamariki practice supervisors that aims to strength reflective supervision and improve outcomes for children and young people. The pilot will include two interventions over 6 months and the evaluation of these.

The summer scholar would be involved in the gathering of the data for the project, analysis and drafting of findings towards a final research report. This would involve the summer scholar to be familiar with Nvivo software, have strong writing skills and an interest in analysing and coding information for further research with Oranga Tamariki.

Professional Development for Counselling Supervisors

Supervisor

Dr Margaret Agee (ph 923 7852)

Discipline

Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

Project code: EDU027

Engaging in professional supervision is an ethical requirement of all members of the NZ Association of Counsellors. This project will involve (a) an investigation by means of a questionnaire into the professional development courses and events for supervisors that are currently offered by counsellor education programmes and NZAC branches; and (b) a review of literature on the education and professional development of counselling supervisors. Outputs from this project will include a report that will help indicate to NZAC and counsellor educators where growth is needed in the provision of professional development for counselling supervision, and a journal article.