– 4 double-spaced pages of content (MAX) using APA style (format, citations,
etc). Your bibliography and title page are not included in the 3-4 page
Friday of Week 5. Late assignments will be docked 5% per day and not
accepted more than one week past the due date.
1. To gain experiential knowledge of the field of
2. To assess the practical application of the
concepts you are studying.
3. To learn from other students’ interviews and
their interviewees’ areas of practice.
Contact a social service
agency/organization/group that is concerned with an issue of interest to you
and arrange to interview a social worker who is connected to the
must interview a Social Worker, someone who has completed a BSW, an MSW or is a
Registered Social Worker (RSW). If there person you interview is not a
Social Worker, you will not receive marks for this assignment.
The website www.kcr.ca may be helpful in finding
a social agency (for the Kelowna area). Click on “Community Information search”
and input key words (like “women” or “disability”) and you will find some local
resources. Other communities may have similar sites which you can search for on
Google. Also visit the website for the BC College of Social Workers to view a
public listing of Registered Social Workers. Finally, if you cannot find a
Social Worker to interview, I can send you links to Interviews with Social
Workers you can use for this assignment.
Conduct the interview using the Guidelines for
Summarize your interview and personal reflections
in two parts, using the questions below as a guideline. Link what you learned
in the interview to course readings and materials. Be sure to use academic
writing, grammar, and spelling. Since this is a personal experience essay, you
may use first-person language (ie, “I”).
Submit your essay to me via Moodle. Then, post
250 – 500 words on the discussion forum about some key learning you gained from
this interview. You might highlight the most interesting things your
interviewee shared, or touch on issues you hadn’t considered before. If you
choose to discuss areas in which you disagree with your interviewee, please be
Guidelines for Interviewing
If this is your first interview experience, the
following suggestions will provide some direction.
1. When arranging your interview, clarify who you
are, the purpose of your request, and the amount of time you anticipate the
interview will take. As social workers are notoriously busy, it is recommended
that you ask for no more that 30 minutes of this person’s time. I recommend you
make contact with a social worker as soon as possible to ensure you have enough
2. Offer to e-mail your questions in advance of
the meeting. (Sometimes offering to bring coffee or cookies helps, too.)
3. A face-to-face meeting is preferable as this
will provide an opportunity for you to “experience” the workplace
setting. However, if this is difficult for you and/or the interviewee, a
telephone conversation is acceptable. E-mailed correspondence is not
4. Be sure to thank your interviewee and to share
how her/his input will assist you in your coursework.
Suggested Interview Questions
You may want to use the following questions to
help you gather information. You can adapt these questions to suit your
personal interviewing style and the interests of your interviewee.
What is your social work training?
What would you define as the primary purpose of social work?
What do you see as the important broader issues that affect the
individuals/groups/families you work with? How do you address these issues
in your social work practice?
How do you ensure your social work practice is culturally competent
when working with various client groups?
What do you see as the important broader/structural issues that
affect these individuals? How do you address these issues in your social
What is an example of a value or ethical dilemma that you might
deal with in your practice? How do you deal with ethical dilemmas?
What theories guide your social work practice?
What is your definition of social justice and how do you act on
Do you believe Social Work should be engaged in social justice
efforts? If so, how?
What do you see as the challenges facing the profession of social
What do you do for self-care? Does your workplace support your
self-care efforts? If so, how?
I recommend you separate the reflections portion
of your paper from the main section (above). After your interview when you are
writing your paper, consider:
Is this an area of Social Work you would like to enter?
What do you think the biggest challenges of this particular job
would be for you?
How do you think your attitude & approach would differ / be
similar to that of your interviewee?
What stood out as particularly interesting about this social
worker / job / agency for you?
Any other personal reflections are welcome as well.
Note: For purposes of
confidentiality, please ask your interviewee if she/he would like to remain
confidential in your essay. If she/he says yes, please delete all identifying
information such as the social worker’s name, the agency’s name, etc., from
your paper. It will be important, however, to indicate the area of work in
which this individual practices. If your interviewee is not concerned about
remaining confidential, you may use whatever identifying information you wish.
Content – an assessment of the depth of your ideas, including
your integration and critical reflection on course
concepts/theories/readings, your ability to link theory to practice, and
your willingness to examine “self” in relation to the issue
Writing ability – an assessment of your ability to write in a
clear, organized manner, including grammar, spelling, and citing of
sources in APA style. /5
Online posting – 250 – 500 word post on the
Discussion Forum about your key learning. Use of academic writing, grammar,
spelling, and citations (if used).