Transparency in social work: Having the hard conversations

Title Transparency in social work: Having the hard conversations
Faculty/College/Unit Arts
Status Completed
Duration 1 Year
Initiation 04/01/2015
Completion 03/31/2016
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2015/2016
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Carolyn Oliver
Year 1: Funded Amount 19,229
Year 1: Team Members

Elizabeth Jones, Senior Instructor, School of Social Work, Faculty of Law

Project Summary

There is growing recognition of the importance of transparency in the ‘helping professions'. The ability to clearly and compassionately speak difficult truths to clients and colleagues reduces moral distress, underpins strengths-based relationships and supports effective teamwork. Social work teaching about transparency tends to be didactic, involve complex case simulations, or happen opportunistically during practica. In collaboration with students, we will develop easily implementable experiential learning activities that exploit naturally occurring "difficult conversations" as opportunities to help students safely practice transparency.

We hope to adapt the curriculum for social work graduates and associated disciplines and contribute findings to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The project utilizes student peer evaluations as a learning activity, thereby supporting the development of faculty expertise in this technique.