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Seminar - NQSW's - Emotional Aspects of Transition to their Workplace
Wed 17 May 2017, 16:00 – 19:00 BST
How do Newly Qualified Social Workers describe the emotional aspects of their transition to the workplace, and what factors and processes influence their experience?
There is growing international interest in the extent to which Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) are prepared for their entry to the workplace and how they can be better supported to manage the pressures of front-line practice as early career practitioners. This seminar presents preliminary findings on doctoral research currently being undertaken to explore how NQSWs describe the emotional experience of their transition from the completion of a qualifying social work programme to their first professional role in the workplace.
The research is examining what factors influence this process of transition and the interactions between the NQSW’s internal psychological processes (cognitive and affective) and their external environment (social). The research participants are drawn from the UK and Canada and builds upon a pilot study undertaken in 2014 with newly qualified Canadian social workers.
It is hoped the research findings can address some of the shortfalls in the current literature on the transition of social work graduates into the workplace and more importantly, the findings can in part inform (a) universities about how to better prepare students and (b) employers about how to support staff on their entry to the workplace given the higher rates of 'burnout' and stress experienced by early career social work practitioners compared to other helping professions.
Dr Shergill Makhan qualified as a Probation Officer in 1990 and began practice working with high risk offenders convicted of sexual abuse against children. In 1995 he moved to work in statutory child protection work, later moving to the NSPCC and therapeutic work with children and young people victimised by sexual violence.
Since 2000, Makhan has held a number of academic leadership roles; these include Programme Director for Post Qualifying Child Care Programmes at the University of York (2003-2006) and Director MA Social Work at the University of Warwick (2007-2012). Makhan briefly returned to direct child welfare practice during 2006 working with indigenous First Nations children in Canada. He later returned to Canada in 2013 to take up the role of Director of Professional Practice with the British Columbia College of Social Workers; the statutory regulator in the province of BC. He returned to the UK in November 2015 to take up his current post as Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Coventry University.
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