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Involvement of expert by experience in social work education in Slovenia

Authored by: Petra Videmšek

The Routledge Handbook of Service User Involvement in Human Services Research and Education

Print publication date:  August  2020
Online publication date:  August  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138360143
eBook ISBN: 9780429433306
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429433306-19

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Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to present how students of social work can learn from first-hand experiences and recognise that experts by experience can be a valued contribution to changing existing social services as well as contribute to the increase in gaining competences for future social workers. The chapter is based on the assertion that involvement in the curriculum for future social workers by experts by experience mirrors the profession’s values of respect, partnership, co-creation and partnership. Research suggests that a change in culture within universities and academia is needed; inclusion in teaching requires the whole system to be adapted in order to “prepare” the field for new participants (in our experience, experts by experience).

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