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Following Sarah Rose's fantastic Keep On Practice Educating workshop, Weathering The Storm: promoting emotional resilience, Sarah has provided some further links to wellbeing/resilience resources. The SSSC one is Covid specific and the IRISS one is more general. Please check out:

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Just Keep on Practice Teaching

Spring 2020 Workshop Collection

The next in our series of workshops will take place on 29th July from 12 to 2pm.  Gillian Ferguson will discuss 'Keep on Practice Educating'. Bringing the SiSWE to life: Exploring the revised standards in social work education for practice educators and link workers.   Gillian is a Learning and Development Adviser in the Professional Learning Team at SSSC, registered Social Worker, passionate practice educator former lecturer with Open University and previous programme lead for the practice learning qualification in Tayforth partnership.  Click here to download flyer.

To book a place contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.


Practice Wisdom - 4th September 2020

 Weekly wisdom 27th Feb

After a summer break, Practice Wisdom is back with an article shared by IPE and resilience guru, Sarah Rose. Harry Ferguson, Professor of Social Work at the University of Birmingham has written an important piece called Social Work from home: Creating Thinking Space.
This article will be helpful for social work students returning to placement and undertaking virtual social work, in addition to practice educators supporting students remotely. As always, please share anything that you find helpful practice education.

Social work from home: Creating thinking spaces 

All over the world there is a vast workforce of people in caring professions whose work involves seeing people in their homes – social workers, family support workers, community nurses, GPs – but who because of social distancing are now doing much of this work remotely within their own homes.



Practice Wisdom - 7th July 2020


Practice Wisdom: A Day In The Life
This weeks’ Practice Wisdom comes from Robyn Moffat-Wall. Robyn is a social worker having graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2018. Robyn went straight into working as a Refugee Integration Adviser at the Scottish Refugee Council in Glasgow and “hasn’t stopped learning since”.  Robyn shares her personal and professional experiences of lockdown including the value of digital learning, particularly to support #BlackLivesMatter (with some recommended links) and how their service has adapted to meet the needs of service users. Click here to read further.


Practice Wisdom - 19th June 2020

PT 27th March 2020

This week's Practice Wisdom comes from the heart of island community social work in the Outer Hebrides. Laura is a social worker based within a Children and Families team and has provided an incredibly meaningful account of her practice experiences during lockdown. I was one of Laura’s practice educators during her training and she demonstrates the same exceptional level of depth, insight and reflection in practice during a global pandemic as she did as a student social worker in Mid-Argyll.   Click here to download.  Have a good weekend Cath Shaw.


Practice Wisdom - 5th June 2020

PT 27th March 2020


In support of this week's Black Tuesday and the use of space to amplify the voices, work and message of the Black Community, Practice Wisdom is sharing workpromoting anti-racist practice within practice education in Scotland.

Click here to download the powerpoint slides from Dr Dina Sidhva's recent Keep On Practice Educating workshop on Supporting Black and Minority Ethnic Students from April 2020. Dina’s purpose in delivering this workshop was to enable a deeper and more critical appreciation for the experiences of BME social work students, and how a deeper understanding can inform our role as educators.

Opening up a debate on an uncomfortable truth, No Problem Here: Understanding Racism in Scotland (Davidson et al, 2018) gathers together the views of academics, activists and anti-racism campaigners who argue that it is vital that the issue of racism be brought into the centre of public conversations.

No problem here


Please read and share. #blacklivesmatter.

Thank you, Cath


News Bulletin April 2020

Learning Network West

Learning Network West like everyone is trying to understand the new world we currently find ourselves in.  We want to keep you informed and are here for your information and support.

We have, in this News Bulletin, included some up to date information which you may find useful and would be happy to distribute further information for a regular news update.  Click on link to read Bulletin

Please keep in touch. Have a safe and Happy Easter.

Anne Conlin

Network Manager



Practice Wisdom 15th May 2020

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Practice wisdom is in the therapeutic form of a good old laugh this week and shared from discussions at this week’s Lunch Space.

For anyone who has n’t heard of Andrew Cotter and his zoom meeting with his dogs, then please watch the following clip (for those that have, please enjoy again!). For link, please click here:

Have  a lovely weekend, Cath 



Practice Wisdom - 7th May 2020

Weekly wisdom 27th Feb

This Practice Wisdom comes from Dr Gabor Mate, speaker, physician and author. He is best known for his expertise on addiction, stress, childhood trauma, and the mind-body connection. During this CORONAVIRUS global lockdown, Gabor is providing guidance on coping with isolation, raising emotional awareness and finding opportunities for growth. For link to interview, please click here:

I was super influenced by Gabor when I was working in substance misuse and justice services on being able to listen to where the pain and trauma was for each individual to help understand their behaviour.

In this interview, Gabor touches on social and individual challenges and solutions. He considers that the current higher death rate amongst BME health workers is likely to be from those individuals having  a more compromised immune system as a result of being traumatised by  existing oppression. In the Keep On Practice Teaching workshop series in April on Supporting BME Students, Dina Sidhva reflected on such multiple disadvantages  and on the need for Covid-19 to focus positively on our shared common humanity.

In our next workshop on Wednesday 27th May, Dr Heather Lynch extends this by suggesting that the Covid-19 pandemic has not just exposed inequalities in human structures but also in the human relationship with environment and that we must reconsider our relationship with environments that can both sustain and harm human life. To book a space on this workshop, please click here:

Gabor highlights that the global pandemic can a time of opportunity when we are recognising that we are all connected as one unit. Yet what about the real, day-day signs of ‘untogetherness’ and fear- the anxiety which exists at the supermarket, the queues, when some-one comes too close, the judgement if people are perceived not to be following current rules? Gabor  reflects that rational  fear is an authentic  response to a threat and then we can think about how to protect ourselves. Irrational fear tends to be overwhelm, anxiety and panic. He invites these real, daily situations for us all  as  opportunities to learn how  to be with other people under situations of stress and tension.

I find Gabor to have a really warm, reassuring, compassionate, evidence based approach so have a watch if you get a chance! And remember, this is also a time for tremendous human creativity and inventiveness which demonstrates that human security is created by connection! 

Have a lovely weekend, Cath

Please see below link to job advert on behalf of Fiona Stansfield, Strathclyde University.

Position is for a part-time placement supervisor (personal tutor) at Strathclyde University, Closing date is 27th July. 

Any queries or for further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Click here to apply.

Placement Supervisor (Personal Tutor) in Social Work (311088) Vacancies