Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Social Work


Dr Grace Brown




Supervised Professional Practice 1 enables students to operationalise the professional social work role. The unit comprises 480 hours of supervised professional practice in the field and 20 hours of skills development and integration of theory and practice in the classroom and in the field. On-campus students will attend placement briefings and integration sessions where their placement experiences will be critically reviewed in order to connect with social work knowledge and theory, while off-campus students will work attend skills and integration sessions at compulsory workshops. Contact with the university liaison social worker allocated to the student and supervisor while on placement will also be opportunities to review skills and to facilitate the integration of theory and practice. The successful completion of a total of 1,000 hours (clinical placements and skills) in the MSW (Qualifying) will enable graduates to seek social work positions overseas where the completion of 1,000 hours of clinical practice placement is often an eligibility requirement.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how theory and practice can be integrated for effective direct service delivery.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to practice in accordance with professional social work ethics and familiarity with the AASW Code of Ethics.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to articulate and adhere to professional social work values, skills and attributes including an understanding of the nature of professional roles and responsibilities.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of social work intervention strategies applicable to work with individuals, families and communities.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to assess and plan appropriate intervention, including evaluation of outcomes, for a range of individual, family and community problems.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to appropriately and effectively utilise professional supervision to explore professional practice and to enhance competence and professional identity.
  7. Demonstrate an ability to reflectively and critically evaluate client situations and policy approaches.


Clinical placement: 480 hours.


6 pre-placement tutorials (Hurdle)

While on placement, students are required to complete:
Learning agreement and assessment report (Hurdle)
Mid placement oral presentation (1,000 words)
Case study or report (1,000 words)
Critical learning analyis (1,000 words)

A final evaluation report is completed by the field educator in consultation with the student, where 9 core learning areas are rated. To meet AASW accreditation requirements the student must reach a level of 'beginning capability' (2) for 9 core learning outcome areas appropriate to the setting by the end of the placement.

The unit is pass grade only (PGO).

Workload requirements

For this unit, 480 hours will be spent on placement in agencies and organizations. A further 20 hours will be spent at placement briefings or integration sessions, or in private study. Students are required to complete 5 assessment tasks including two joint reports with field educators.

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