Conversations you should have with your student

Conversations play a key role in student learning during placement. Conversations are where supervisors and students exchange observations, thoughts, opinions, and feelings about the placement experience. These exchanges help your student articulate, explore and make sense of the “real life/real time/real people/real complexity” social work context. If the conversations you have with your student are experienced as safe, open and respectful then they are more likely to continue to use conversations to unpack experiences, even the most dismal, as well as spotlight the most amazing personal and professional lessons.

Opportunities to role model what ‘good conversations’ should look like are available right at the beginning of placement with the following ‘must have conversations’ that help to minimise any conflicts as well as optimise the students learning experience.

In this section we cover:


Question: Life doesn't stop. Things that get in the way of placement – Life Placement balance

Answer: Just because you are a student on placement doesn't mean that your life just stops to allow you to be a student on placement on full time placement. In my case you still have to earn money to pay rent, you need to have to survive still you've got work commitments you've carried on from being a student.

Question: Fun in placement?

Answer: It's a lot serious but a lot fun I think. Its exciting to be there and be thrown in the deep end a little bit. Well I was thrown in the deepend a little bit so it is a bit exciting and fun to have people think you can do this, I'm comfortable you can do this. With my supervisor we focus on the little victories a lot so that is pretty exciting. And I have a lot of fun anyway.