‘Inspiring Conversations’: a comparative analysis of the involvement of Experts By Experience in Italian and Scottish Social Work Education

Susan Levy, Elena Cabiati

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Abstract

The involvement of service users and carers, Experts by Experience (EBE), in social work education at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy and the University of Dundee, Scotland, is rooted and connected epistemologically and pedagogically. Differences emerge in how these roots are manifest in the models of EBE involvement adopted in the two universities. This paper explores these similarities and differences through discussion of the different models of EBE involvement in use at the two European universities, and thus provides a comparative European insight into approaches, experiences and impact of EBE involvement in social work education. The authors contextualize the pedagogy and core values underpinning EBE involvement and introduce the concept of ‘inspiring conversations’. The comparative analysis is centred on five areas of EBE involvement in social work education: Context and Types of involvement; Recruitment of EBE; Roles and Responsibilities of EBE; Resource Implications; and Impact and Outcomes of involvement. The paper calls for a focus on Coherence, Prudence and Sustainability as a foundation for other universities to enhance their social work programmes through cultivating EBE involvement to co-create knowledge to inform future innovative practice.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Early online date3 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • comparative research
  • experiential learning
  • Experts by Experience
  • Italy and Scotland
  • service user involvement
  • social work education

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