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Mend the gap – strategies for user involvement in social work education

Askheim, Ole Petter; Beresford, Peter and Heule, Cecilia LU (2017) In Social Work Education 36(2). p.128-140
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A major strand in social work’s history has been its paternalistic character, partly due to a philanthropic tradition, but also to the tendency to import an individualist expert model into social work practice. As a result, gaps have arisen between expert and experiential knowledge. In this article, so called ‘gap mending strategies’ developed by the international network PowerUs are discussed. PowerUs consists of teachers and researchers from schools of social work and representatives from service user organizations in nine European countries. The gaps as the network identifies them are presented and we share some processes within our practices that mend or maintain gaps between service users and professionals. Two main strategies will... (More)

A major strand in social work’s history has been its paternalistic character, partly due to a philanthropic tradition, but also to the tendency to import an individualist expert model into social work practice. As a result, gaps have arisen between expert and experiential knowledge. In this article, so called ‘gap mending strategies’ developed by the international network PowerUs are discussed. PowerUs consists of teachers and researchers from schools of social work and representatives from service user organizations in nine European countries. The gaps as the network identifies them are presented and we share some processes within our practices that mend or maintain gaps between service users and professionals. Two main strategies will be explored in more detail—a strategy that has been developed in the UK of mainstreaming service user participation in all stages of social work education, and a strategy that has been developed in Scandinavia of developing joint courses for social work students and students from service user organizations. A main conclusion is that alliances between educational institutions and service user organizations will be important to get a fuller understanding of what gaps we are facing and how they best could be mended.

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European experiences, gap mending strategies, social work education, User involvement
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36
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Taylor & Francis
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10.1080/02615479.2016.1248930
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  author       = {Askheim, Ole Petter and Beresford, Peter and Heule, Cecilia},
  issn         = {0261-5479},
  keyword      = {European experiences,gap mending strategies,social work education,User involvement},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {128--140},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Social Work Education},
  title        = {Mend the gap – strategies for user involvement in social work education},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2016.1248930},
  volume       = {36},
  year         = {2017},
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