Welcome to the Practice Development Days Resource
This resource aims to provide both BSW students and their tutors with guidance on the Practice Development Days programme together with a platform to advertising current learning opportunities and a forum for student discussion and feedback.
As you are aware the NISCC requirements for Practice Learning (Revised August 2010 – Flexible Learning Days Guidelines apply prior to this date) specify that there are 15 days to be used for individual practice development. These days are in addition to current teaching time, linked to the curriculum and structured to meet the learning outcomes for Practice Development Days (PDD). Students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their own professional development through participation in a range of individual practice development opportunities. Students should aim to address gaps in learning which are not already addressed within the course modules. PDD opportunities should assist students meet personal learning goals by developing their knowledge, skills and/or values in the areas they feel least confident. You are encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning as an on-going commitment to life-long learning. We encourage students to take the opportunity to be creative and innovative in their learning. (See PDD Guidance and PDD Forms)
Examples of Ways Students Use Practice Development Days
*PDD’s should be discussed with tutors based on identified student learning needs.
Upcoming Events 2014
Extern are running two Professional Development Days in the voluntary sector:
These PDDs are free and will be delivered by social workers from the Voluntary Sector who are being assessed for their Post Qualifying Social Work award. Tea and coffee will be provided but not lunch.
In addition, Extern have opened up their in-house training programme to social work students. This means that any free places on training events can be taken by students. You should contact Ian Dinsmore to check on availability.
Welcome to the Practice Development Days Blog for Students and Tutors
This blog is designed to provide you with information on PDD opportunities and events, together with the option of providing feedback on any events you have participated in as part of your PDD program.The blog also gives students the opportunity to evaluate the PDD program.