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Professional Practice in Context (PAED90007)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePAED90007
Semester 1 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject asks students to examine the assumptions, values, experiences, skills, forms of knowledge and broader influences on your work with young people. The subject is structured into four connected modules that build on each other across the semester:

  • Reflective practice
  • Working with resilience
  • Working with other professionals
  • Being resilient

Using experiences as a starting point, and building on this with topics notes and selected reading students will explore frameworks and interventions for working with young people to improve health outcomes. These include risk and resiliency, professional role boundaries, ethical practice and collaboration.

Students will draw on theoretical perspectives and ideas from contemporary literature as well as insights generated through critical reflection and sharing thoughts and experiences with their subject colleagues. Through this critical enquiry it is expected that they will further develop their understandings of their own practice and change and develop aspects of that practice.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject is designed to enable students to:

  • examine professional practice in a variety of contexts using a critically reflective approach;
  • describe different types of knowledge and how these are used in practice;
  • recognize factors which enable and hinder workers with young people in various contexts;
  • compare different professional settings and explore strategies to enhance inter-agency collaboration, communication and referral;
  • analyze current practice against ethical, legal and confidentiality principles;
  • apply the concept of resilience to inform decision making in working with young people in a range of contexts; and
  • identify research literature and professional information to develop practice.

Generic skills

This subject also incorporates key generic skills and professional capabilities that can be applied across the course and into the future. On completion of this subject it is expected that students will be able to:

  • apply the concepts of resilience, risk factors and protective factors to assessment and planning care and interventions;
  • develop your capacity to reflect on your professional experiences to enhance your practice
  • better communicate with other agencies and professionals who also have a stake in the young people you work with
  • develop collaborative ways of working across different disciplines and sectors

This subject is closely linked to the Young People in Context subject which critiques the ‘adolescence’ and ‘health’ and explores frameworks for understanding adolescent development and the diversity of adolescent experience. Both subjects provide a foundation for learning and professional development throughout the Masters/Graduate Diploma/Certificate in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing course.

Last updated: 15 August 2019