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The Status of Professional Practice Skills of Social Work Students in Vietnam
American Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume 9, Issue 3, May 2020, Pages: 77-82
Received: May 26, 2020; Accepted: Jun. 9, 2020; Published: Jun. 20, 2020
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Nguyen Huu Long, Vietnam Youth Academy, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Social workers need to have certain skills to provide the best services for their clients. Therefore, assessing the status of professional practice skills of social work students in practice is a necessary task that can help managers of training institutions to have timely accurate information on the quality of training to change and adjust to improve the quality of training. On the other hand, the results of the research on practical skills of social work students will also help schools to review the connection and orientation between training institutions and the actual requirements of professional activities. This study aims to discover the status of professional practice skills of social work students in Vietnam. 174 students studying social work at the Colleges of Social Work in Thua Thien Hue, Soc Trang, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City participated in the survey. A questionnaire and a situational judgement test are used to survey the performance of professional practice skills of social work students during their internship. The results of the study show that performance of professional practice skills of social work students during the internship initially is quite well. The professional practice skills performed best by students are the client access and assessment and self-test and self-assessment skills. The skills that students did not perform well are connecting resources and making support plans. Therefore, the academic subjects related to client support services should be paid more attention to in the training program. The author also recommends that training institutions strengthen exchanges between social work experts and students to help students improve their professional skills.
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Nguyen Huu Long, The Status of Professional Practice Skills of Social Work Students in Vietnam, American Journal of Applied Psychology. Vol. 9, No. 3, 2020, pp. 77-82. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.20200903.14
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