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Code: BH/20/1127 Adults CPD Module - The Dissertation: Research in Advanced Social Work Practice

To log your interest for this CPD module please click on “request a place" by 19th June 2020. 

You can find further details about CPD modules and awards in the document attached to this course. 

The 60 credit Dissertation offers students the opportunity to carry out an in-depth inquiry into an area of their advanced social work practice (relating to advanced practice, education, management) which is of particular interest to them; to develop an understanding of, and skills in, research planning in relation to advanced professional practice and to develop further self-directed skills in advanced scholarship.

To apply for the Dissertation you must have completed the PGDip (120 credits). Completion of the Dissertation + the PGDip will result in the Advanced Masters in Social Work (MSc).

You can find further details about CPD modules and awards in the document attached to this course.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 28 September 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
2 29 September 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
3 30 September 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
4 01 October 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
5 16 October 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
6 17 October 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
7 11 January 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
8 17 March 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map

Code: BH/20/1119 Adults CPD Module - Critical Reflection on Practice

To log your interest for this CPD module please click on “request a place" by 19th June 2020

This 20 credit module supports students’ professional development as advanced practitioners in relation to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) descriptions of the capabilities required of ‘Experienced Social Worker’. 

The module offers students the opportunity to review their practice against the guidance of the nine domains of the PCF in relation to their practice as either Advanced practitioners, or educators, or managers. The module enables students particularly to focus upon their development and skills in relation to professionalism and leadership in either complex/high risk practice, or in education, or management. Module learning is aimed at supporting students in the development of advanced reflective and critically analytic skills and in planning career development.

This module uses independent or personalised learning. Students are supported and guided in their study by regular individual or group tutorials (depending on the number of students following the module). In this forum critical analysis and reflection is encouraged. It enables students individually and/ or collaboratively to develop further/ review their knowledge base and review their practice and professional development. Key themes in tutorials are the concepts of professionalism and professional leadership in the student’s area of practice.

Tutorial learning is supplemented by self-directed study, which is in terms of developing and refreshing practice knowledge and in terms of further critical reflection and analysis of practice.  

Assessment will be through a 3000 word Critical and Reflective Analysis and Evaluation of Own Practice.

This module can be taken as part of a PGDip, MSc or as a stand alone module. Please see further details in the application information document attached to this course.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 14 October 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
2 04 November 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
3 02 December 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
4 06 January 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
5 03 February 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
6 03 March 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
7 29 April 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map

Code: BH/20/1121 Adults CPD Module - Independent Learning for Advanced Practice in Mental Health or Social Care

To log your interest for this CPD module please click on “request a place" by 19th June 2020.

This module is offered as either a 20 credit or 40 credit version. Both modules enable practitioners in social work, health or social care services to examine research evidence and other relevant knowledge and theory, relevant and specific to their practice setting in order to support their advanced, evidenced based practice in challenging, complex decision making when assessing need or providing services more generally. 

Practitioners who follow these modules normally have significant or high levels of responsibility in their services and have a concern with promoting sound, reflective and ethical practice in their field.  The 40 credit version of the module requires a longer assessment:

20 credit module - The assessment task is to write a 3000 word article, as for a journal article, exploring the research and knowledge base of a practice issue, in relation to decision making in mental health or social care.

40 credit module - The assessment task for this module is in two parts The first part is to write a 5000 word article, as for a journal article, exploring the research and knowledge base of a practice issue, in relation to decision making in mental health or social care. 

The second part is a 10 minute presentation, to a panel made up of two of the course team, where the student discusses critically how the examination of research evidence and relevant knowledge has informed and advanced the student’s practice; this is followed by 10 minutes of questions from the panel.

This module can be taken as part of a PGDip or as a stand alone module. Please see the attached document for further details about the modules and awards and how they fit together.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 14 October 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
2 04 November 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
3 02 December 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
4 06 January 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
5 03 February 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
6 03 March 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
7 29 April 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map

Code: BH/20/1120 Adults CPD Module - Social Work Practice Education, Assessment and Supervision (Practice Education Stage 2)

To log your interest for this CPD module please click on “request a place" by the 19th June 2020.

Learning on the module supports social work practitioners in developing the knowledge, skills and values to plan enable and assess the learning of a social work student. Learning on the module covers the requirements of Stage 2 of the College of Social Work’s Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS).

The module is delivered over 5 days using a range of methods including presentations, structured discussions and exercises designed to draw on participants practice and personal experience.

Small groups of students will be encouraged to share their perspectives, critique the concepts which are presented to them and apply learning to their own specialist social work context.

Whilst on the module you must have a Stage 2 qualified practice educator allocated to support you and assess your practice (via Direct Observations) in meeting your responsibilities towards your allocated student. Learning on the module reviews Stage 1 learning and introduces the additional requirements for Stage 2 of the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS)

There are two elements to the assessment of this module. These are:
Part 1: a portfolio of Practice Evidence
Part 2: A 3000 word Reflective analysis of Practice and development as a Practice Educator

This module can be taken as part of a PGCert, PGDip or as a stand alone module. Students who complete this module + the Enabling Learning (Stage 1) module will be able to gain the PGCert in Practice Education. See attached document for further information.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 19 October 2020 09:30 - 16:00 University of Brighton Map
2 07 December 2020 09:30 - 16:00 University of Brighton Map
3 25 January 2021 09:30 - 16:00 University of Brighton Map
4 15 February 2021 09:30 - 16:00 University of Brighton Map
5 22 February 2021 09:30 - 16:00 University of Brighton Map

Code: BH/20/1124 CPD Module - Attachment Theory Informed Practice Across the Lifespan

Register your interest in this 20 Credit, Masters Level module by requesting a place by the 12th June 2020

STAFF IN FCL: To apply for this module please 'request a place' and download the FCL Social Work CPD Funding Application Pack from Attached Documents, complete this and return to learning@brighton-hove.gov.uk by the 12th June 2020.

This standalone module aims to equip social workers in all fields, and professionals within related health and social care services, with an in-depth critical awareness of contemporary attachment theory and research. It is designed to inform their practice with vulnerable groups across the lifespan particularly when thinking about longer-term intervention work and trauma-informed approaches. This module will also consider developments within neuroscience, developmental trauma and related theories of attachment such as mentalisation

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 03 November 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
2 04 November 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
3 05 November 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
4 27 January 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
5 28 January 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
6 24 February 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
7 25 February 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map

Code: BH/20/1122 Adults CPD Module - Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: Skills and Assessment

To log your interest for this CPD module please click on “request a place" by the 19th June 2020.

This 20 credit module enables practitioners to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to be appointed as Best Interest Assessors, under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. You will learn to apply the relevant law and codes of practice to best interest assessments as well as how to complete the necessary documentation and follow statutory procedures. The module also explores issues of disadvantage and oppression in the context of Deprivation of Liberty.

Learning is supported by formal lectures and other presentations; simulated case material; and small group discussions. Input is from practitioners, lawyers, service users and carers and other professionals, such as IMCAs. There is focus also upon the development of skills in the use and application of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, related Codes of Practice and Regulations to assessments for Deprivation of Liberty. Students are supported by module teaching staff who are available in person during the intensive teaching phase and via email and prearranged tutorials after it, during the preparation for the Open Book examination.

The assessment for this module is a 3500 word Take Home Examination Paper (i.e. the Examination Paper is accessed electronically and a number of days are given to complete the questions, based on a case study), which explores critically the application of relevant knowledge, theory and research to Best Interest Assessments.The assessment will be both a Take Home Examination paper and completion of appropriate relevant statutory paperwork. Students must pass both parts of the assessment to pass the module.

This module can be taken as part of a PGCert, PGDip or as a stand alone module. This module + Enabling Learning + ASYE module make up the PGCert. There is further information about modules and awards in the attached document.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 09 November 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
2 10 November 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
3 11 November 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
4 12 November 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
5 13 November 2020 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map

Code: BH/20/1126 Adults CPD - Ethics, Values and Equalities in Mental Health

Register your interest in this 20 Credit, Masters Level 7, course by the 19th June 2020. 

The module offers an in-depth exploration of issues in relation to ethics, values and equalities in the field of mental health.  The overarching aim is to enable students to reflect critically upon the contested nature of mental health and the debates in relation to ethics and values that this engenders.  An exploration of service users’ experiences of stigma, discrimination and inequality will be central to the module, as well as a critical perspective on power.  Students will also examine the development of users and carers as consumers and researchers of mental health interventions, and what this means for social inclusion.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 12 January 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
2 13 January 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
3 18 January 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
4 19 January 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
5 20 January 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map

Code: BH/20/1105 CPD Module - Exploring Death and Dying: bereavement and the end of life in Social Work and Social Care

To express an interest in this module please request a place by 12th June 2020. Applicants in FCL must also complete and return the attached FCL Social Work CPD Funding application form to learning@brighton-hove.gov.uk by 12th June 2020. 

This module explores social interactions with death and dying. It aims to take a creative approach to death, dying and bereavement in social work, health and social care.

Teaching will take place through 6 three-hour sessions across the University’s spring term.

The aim of the module is to create a space for practitioners to consider their own  approaches and experiences of death, as well as the emotional impact of the death of an adult or child they are working with, while learning about recent theories, policies and practices in the field.

Please note some or all of this module will be delivered virtually due to the University’s Covid-19 restrictions. The published dates may be amended or shortened and further dates added to spread this module out. Further details will be available nearer the time.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 27 January 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Sussex Map
2 10 February 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Sussex Map
3 24 February 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Sussex Map
4 10 March 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Sussex Map
5 24 March 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Sussex Map
6 28 April 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Sussex Map

Code: BH/20/1115 CPD Module - Understanding Autism and Learning Disability for Social Work, Health and Social Care

To express and interest in this module please 'request a place' by the 12th June 2020.

Practitioners in FCL must also download, complete and return the FCL CPD Funding Application Pack by 12th June 2020 to complete their expression of interest. Forms should be sent to learning@brighton-hove.gov.uk 


Knowledge is changing rapidly around the experiences and capabilities of those who are autistic or have a learning disability, many changes coming from within these communities themselves.

This module takes a research and rights focused approach to working with autistic people, learning disabled people, and those who are both autistic and learning disabled.

You will look at these challenges from a family perspective across the lifecourse, considering work with autistic/LD parents, children, teenagers and adults.

This will be taught through 3 full-day sessions over a five week period during the University’s spring term.

You can choose to take the module at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Whilst both will receive the same taught content, the module assessment will be tailored to meet either BA year 3 standards or MA standards.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 03 February 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Sussex Map
2 17 February 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Sussex Map
3 03 March 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Sussex Map

Code: BH/20/1125 Adults CPD Module: Social Work in Multidisciplinary Settings

To express and interest in this module please 'request a place' by the 19th June 2020.

This module will explore social work practice in private, voluntary, independent or health-based settings working with complex issues such as mental health, substance misuse and/or homelessness, either with children and young people, or with adults. Students will consider issues of social work professional identity, as well as the skills and knowledge that social workers use in these settings and the value bases applicable to such work. The module will also enable students to update their knowledge regarding the legal and policy framework and implications for their practice.

The module is delivered over 5 days using a range of methods including presentations, structured discussions and exercises designed to draw on participants practice and personal experience.  Small groups of students will be encouraged to share their perspectives, critique the concepts which are presented to them and apply learning to their own specialist social work context.

The aim is for students to:

  • Explore what it means to be a qualified social worker practicing in either a healthcare setting, or in a non-statutory agency, as part of a multidisciplinary team. 
  • Enable students to critically reflect upon the application of social work theory, knowledge, values and skills to practice in their setting.
  • Update students’ knowledge and critical understanding of relevant law and policy, including safeguarding.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 22 February 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
2 23 February 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
3 04 March 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
4 05 March 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map
5 10 March 2021 09:30 - 16:30 University of Brighton Map