Intercultural consolidation: exploring the experiences of internationally qualified social workers and the English post-qualifying framework
Sims, David (2012) Intercultural consolidation: exploring the experiences of internationally qualified social workers and the English post-qualifying framework. European Journal of Social Work . ISSN 1369-1457 (print) 1468-2664 (online) (In Press)Full text not available from this repository.
The increasing movement of social workers from one country to another, especially with the expansion of the European Union, appears likely to pose a number of challenges to
host countries in terms of receiving, supporting and developing social workers who trained in other countries. This paper explores the provision of a post-qualifying
‘consolidation’ module to a group of 15 internationally qualified social workers and evaluates both the student experience and the cultural challenges faced by individual
social workers who came to practise in England after qualifying in their home countries.
These social workers undertook the module at the University of Greenwich in London, England, and were selected for this as a part of a project with two London boroughs.
Factors which have an important influence on successful ‘settlement’ into a new role and culture are discussed and analysed. It is argued that the provision of post-qualifying
training can be a key part of the acculturation process but timing and other factors need to be considered. The paper explores what was learned from the project and its
evaluation about the experiences and support needs of internationally qualified social workers. The project took place in 2007-2008 and was evaluated.
|Additional Information:||An earlier version of this article was given as a conference paper at 11th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference with the 3rd UK Social Work Research Conference: Changing Identities, held 8-10 July 2009, at University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK (see also http://gala.gre.ac.uk/6719).|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||acculturation, internationally qualified social workers, consolidation, continuing professional development|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare|
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Health & Social Care|
School of Health & Social Care > Family Care & Mental Health Department
|Last Modified:||11 Jan 2013 16:07|
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