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Research Seminar: Reflective Thinking in Social Work – Learning from studen...

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In this seminar Prof. Makeda Graham and Dr Maria Avila from California State University present their work using narrative approaches to model reflective practice. Using stories told by a range of social work students they discuss issues such as identity, motivation to enter the social work profession and lived experiences in the journey into social work, bringing together stories of hardship, privilege, families, hopes, interests and community activism from many diverse ethnic backgrounds. Key themes from the narratives are drawn out and explored within frameworks for reflective practice. The seminar concludes with discussion of the use of narratives in constructing identities and enhancing social workers’ own understanding and critical thinking, and ability to engage in transformative practice.

Mekada J. Graham is a British academic now working in California. She has published widely on social work theory, child welfare, and social work with Black families and communities.

Maria Avila began her career in social work, organising in the rural areas of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Her research focuses on civic engagement and community organising practice using narrative approaches and participatory methods.

Both Mekeda and Maria currently work in the Department of Social Work at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

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