Reflections on inspiring conversations in social work education: the voices of Scottish experts by experience and Italian students.

Susan Levy, Elena Cabiati, John Dow, Elinor Dowson, Keith Swankie, Gil Martin

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    Abstract

    For many years, Experts by Experience (EBE) have participated in the learning journeys of social work students at the University of Dundee (Scotland) and the Catholic University of Milan (Italy). This chapter draws on practices of user involvement at these two European Universities. Drawing on the voices of three EBE, as co-authors, and three undergraduate students, the chapter explores the experience and impact of user involvement on: student learning; challenging perceptions of service users, and at a personal level. Considering the increasing literature on models and the practice of service user involvement in social work education, understanding the impact of this involvement from the perspective of EBE and students is limited. This chapter contributes to addressing this lacuna, we use the concept of ‘inspiring conversations’ as a conduit for guiding the future inclusion of tacit knowledge in social work education across Europe.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInvolving Service Users in Social Work Education, Research and Policy
    Subtitle of host publicationA Comparative European Analysis
    EditorsKristel Driessens, Vicky Lyssens-Danneboom
    Place of PublicationBristol University
    PublisherPolicy Press
    Chapter9
    ISBN (Electronic)9781447358329, 9781447358350
    ISBN (Print)9781447358329
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2021

    Publication series

    NameResearch in Social Work Series
    PublisherPolicy Press

    Keywords

    • Service user involvement
    • Expert by experience
    • social work education
    • experiential learning

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