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EXPERIENCE IN SERVICE USER INVOLVEMENT IN THE EDUCATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS IN SERBIA

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Author(s): Miroslav Brkić | Aleksandar Jugović

Journal: Ljetopis Studijskog Centra Socijalnog Rada
ISSN 1846-5412

Volume: 16;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 469;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: ducation of social workers | modalities of involvement | planning | participation

ABSTRACT
The experience in service user involvement in the education of social workers in Serbia is very limited. This fact was significantly influenced by a medical model of social work practice which has dominated the education process. Gradually, as this model has been abandoned, the awareness on the importance of involvement of service users and their carers as partners in the education of social workers has risen. The limited experience, however, reveals numerous benefits of such an approach. The first steps, which relate to the curricular reform and the reform of the social care system, have been undertaken. However, they are not sufficient and it is necessary to continue to develop an organized and structured approach which would provide basic conditions, forms and modalities of involvement of service users and their carers in the education process.
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