By Ewan Ingleby
Psychology is a vital a part of the social paintings syllabus, frequently studied as a separate module within the first yr, but in addition built-in in the educational curriculum. This absolutely up to date variation can help scholars comprehend the suggestions of psychology and observe them to their very own perform. It exhibits that, for social employees, it is vital for psychology to be studied within the contexts of social care, because it deals strength motives of complicated features of human behaviour and development.
An evaluation of the main mental ways is given and the writer demonstrates how those could be utilized to social paintings perform.
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A further important way of enhancing verbal communication is to offer appropriate, effective explanations of professional practice. Many service-users know very little about social work other than the impressions they have formed about the profession. It is, therefore, particularly important that the service-users are made aware of what professional processes are going to affect them when it is in their best interests to know about these processes. Koprowska (2005, p80) goes on to emphasise the importance of opinions and proposals in determining the effectiveness of communication.
22 Verbal communication. An example of patronising service-users through verbal communication is talking to the service-user in a way that is condescending. A more specific example would be to assume that an older person always requires help, or addressing a service-user with learning disabilities in ‘baby talk’. This unfortunate consequence can be a result of the best of intentions. Many social workers automatically assume that the people they work with require help and this leads them to treat their service-users as if they were vulnerable and childlike.
It is especially important that we ensure that we show awareness of positive non-verbal communication as opposed to trying to ‘put on an act’. It can be argued that whereas showing awareness of the importance of positive NVC is demonstrating assertiveness, ‘putting on an act’ and communicating in an insincere way is likely to have as negative a consequence as being unaware of NVC altogether. Most of us have met people who appear to be ‘naturals’ in particular contexts. There are academic, teaching, parental, sporting, dancing and social ‘naturals’.