Allen, Lita; Norman, Lisa R.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work
A Human Skills Laboratory Approach to training social workers: Evaluation and implications for social work education
Caribbean journal of social work
Date of Publication
Argues that a Human Skills Laboratory (HSL) as a means for self and other understanding and for dealing with personal life issues has been debated since the Human Potential Movement of the 1970s (Kurtz 1975; Hill 1998). However, various other authors (Pfieffer and Jones 1972; Middleman and Goldberg1972; Marks and Davis 1975), have pointed the way towards ethical practices in the conduct of these laboratory experiences and other types of growth group. Explains that after three years of implementing an HSL approach to the professional training of first year social work students at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, an evaluative pilot study was done to determine the perceived impact of this approach. A sample of 54 students or 58.1 percent of the total population fully endorse the continuation of this programme and indicate that all objectives were achieved to some extent. However, these were not far-reaching enough to meet the expectations of all staff. Concludes that the findings indicate that a mere integrative and team approach is needed in the development of the core curricula for social work education.....