Developing Analytic Skills in Report Writing
Assessment in social work reports is more than telling the story. Analysing what information means, evidencing and drawing hypotheses is the key to the quality of good practice in social work assessments. This workshop will look at what makes analysis a different process from information gathering and focus on the skills involved. The approach will be experiential and give participants the opportunity to use video as source material in composing an analysis of what they observe.
The course will consider the different purposes for which reports are written, who will be receiving the report and how that influences the language and perspective the author uses.
Information gathering in report writing is not just what is said during an assessment session. There is much to learn from behaviour, observation and seeing different combinations of family members. The use of information obtained in files and from previous assessments also has an influence on the author’s impression of how the family functions.
The quality of how the report is written will be covered in the course by looking at such components as achieving neutrality in tone, distinguishing between fact, opinion and hearsay and eliminating extraneous information.
There will be an opportunity to put the learning into practice by writing brief reports on the day based on video material and having those reports constructively critiqued by other course participants.
By the end of the day participants will have had the opportunity to:
- Consider elements of their own practice in report writing
- Explore ways of improving the accuracy and relevance of their reports
- Enhance their ability to distinguish between information gathering and analysis and improve their analytical skills
- Distinguish between fact, opinion and hearsay in report writing
- Examining the concept of neutrality and judgement describing and analysing
The day will begin at 9.30am for registration and tea / coffee, with a prompt 10.00am start, the course will end at approx 4.00pm
A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any allergies or dietary requirements of each individual when booking places on this course.
An electronic certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees by email after attendance at the course.