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Från Novis till Mästare: En berättelse om socialarbetares yrkeskunnande
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world

These words sum up my account of social worker expertise. How does one become skillful―a master―in the profession? I answer this question by exploring how social worker proficiency can be developed and grow with the help and support of supervisors, clients and colleagues. Development through professional supervision and in the encounter with clients is an essential part of the work. I also discuss what it means to be new in the field (a novice) in relation to being experienced (a master). For the novice, rules and regulations and clear-cut advice may be necessary in everyday work as well as in supervisory sessions; for the more experienced, dialogue and reflection become increasingly important tools.

For this work I have collected material from my own professional life as well as from other experienced colleagues. Using social workers’ own reflections along with the various situations and occurrences that arise in their work, I have tried to capture the complexity of many of the tasks and to understand how professionalism can be enhanced.

My narrative contains reasoning on issues of trust, views of humanity and professional improvisation. I shed light on detachment vs. involvement with clients, practical hands-on knowledge and the importance of having been listened to. Might the ability to instigate trust be the most important tool in social work?

Abstract [sv]

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.

Med dessa ord vill jag sammanfatta min berättelse som handlar om socialarbetares

yrkeskunnande. Hur blir man skicklig i sitt yrke – en mästare? Jag beskriver hur

socialarbetares yrkeskunnande kan utvecklats och växa med stöd och hjälp av

handledning, klienter och kollegor.

Att utvecklas genom professionell handledning och i mötet med klienter utgör centrala

delar i arbetet. Jag diskuterar också vad det innebär att vara ny i yrket (novis) i relation till

att vara erfaren (mästare). För noviser kan regelverk, handfasta råd behövas såväl i

vardagsarbetet som i handledning. För mer erfarna socialarbetare blir dialog och

reflektion alltmer viktiga redskap.

I mitt arbete har jag hämtat material både från mitt eget yrkesliv och från samtal med

erfarna kollegor. Med hjälp av socialarbetares tankar, olika situationer och händelser från

deras yrkesliv försöker jag beskriva det sociala arbetets komplexitet och förstå hur

socialarbetares yrkeskunnande kan utvecklas.

Min berättelse innehåller resonemang kring tillit, människosyn och professionell

improvisation. Jag belyser frågor kring avstånd och närhet till klienter, handlingsburen

kunskap och vikten av att ha blivit lyssnad till. Kanske är förmågan att skapa tillit det

sociala arbetets viktigaste verktyg?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 40 p.
Keyword [sv]
Handledning. Socialarbetare.Yrkeskunnande. Tillit. Människosyn. Professionell
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-30485OAI: diva2:664970
Subject / course
Other Subjects
Educational program
Skill and Professional Development, 60 credits
Available from: 2013-11-26 Created: 2013-11-18 Last updated: 2013-11-26Bibliographically approved

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