1. Which practical and technical skills enhanced your creativity and resilience during your field placement?
2. With reference to the BHCS program, which units/learning material has been useful to maximise your field placement experience?
3. With regards to your individual field placement, which new skills have you aquired and which factors determined this process?
1. Practical and technical skills
My intellectual skill was the main center in case of practical and technical skill that helped me in improving my creativity and flexibility at the time of field placement. The onsite professionals guided me to have a track of my own self-awareness in terms of emotions and capabilities. Moreover, I focused on Australian Red Cross so that it can motivate to attend English classes. On the other hand, I advised my supervisor to introduce drinks and food to boost the people to attend class. I faced some challenges on certain levels during my placement to reach out to professionals and colleagues but this helped me know my own capabilities. Apart from that, I gave one suggestion to my facilitator of football that instead of playing football for 45 min we can plan for 30 min and the remaining 15 min can be used for giving English lecture. Therefore, slowly we can encourage them to attend English session along with continuing lesson. Thus, I can point that my creativity thinking helped in improving my resilience.
2. Units or Learning Material
The major units of BHCS program have been productive to boost my field placement experience. The Dynamic of Group Work, Working with Community and Developing community and Social Policy were effective to provide me better experience. The Australian Red Cross Migration Support Program was valuable in providing support to immigration detainees, refugees, asylum seekers, etc. Therefore, group was formed in order to attain the expected objective (D'Cruz and Stagnitti, 2009). On the other hand, the Australian Red Cross was involved in community development. It worked for saving the life of the people and provided necessary medical aids such as blood donation to people having emergency condition (Briskman, 2005). The clients that were highly vulnerable, health and welfare support was provided. Apart from that, Australian Red Cross provided benefit to disadvantage people for implementing social policy (Duffy, 2010). Therefore, I worked with 14 people of different nationalities so that strong relationship can be build.
3. New Skills acquired
During my placement phase, I consider myself lucky to attend professional development training along with onsite psychologists. I was able to address the emotional intelligence and was able to arrive at conflict resolution which really helped me in working effectively in worst environment situation. On the other hand, I learnt different personal and professional skill at my placement area. I developed a flexibility characteristic in myself in the event of changing environment and it helped in me placing my personal and political emotion. Moreover, I did not let my emotional feeling to come into play while making tough decision. However, I discovered communication skills while working with Australian Red Cross. I carried telephonic questionnaire with the clients of Red Cross to know their feedback. The interpersonal skill was gained which helped me in interacting with the clients and providing solution to their issues and problems. I discovered leadership skill in me and participated in organizing function, meeting, etc. Further, I generated support skill feature and provided ample support and guidance to the clients.
Briskman, L. (2005). Reclaiming humanity for asylum-seekers: A social work response. International Social Work, 48(6), pp.714-724.
D'Cruz, H. and Stagnitti, K. (2009). When parents love and don't love their children: some children's stories. Child & Family Social Work, 15(2), pp.216-225.
Duffy, M. (2010). "We are the Union": Care Work, Unions, and Social Movements. Humanity & Society, 34(2), pp.125-140.