Awareness of Interventions
As social work is so diverse, being able to address a variety of problems requires knowing a wide range of intervention as there isn’t a one-size-fits-all. Therefore, by increasing our awareness of the different interventions, it helps us discern between which interventions are more appropriate for different situations.
Besides the well know interventions such as advocacy, counselling, social skills, family therapy, legal action, and although there are many others, the interesting thing is that not many practitioners are overly aware of them and even fewer have been trained in using them, including counselling, social skills.
With this in mind, after considerable research in identifying possible interventions it resulted in so many that we have been able to create a unique and innovative range of strategies, techniques and therapies that practitioners are not usually aware of. In fact, so many that we have divided them into different categories such as practical, social, emotional, cognitive, etc.
As with most complex tasks, it’s unrealistic to expect people just starting in the profession to develop an expertise in interventions as this takes time and practice. With this in mind, we have endeavoured to identify interventions suitable for practitioners to learn in accordance with their level of experience such as Basic, Foundation, Qualified, Experienced, Advanced, Expert, Specialist and Master.
For example, basic interventions can be really easy to apply like offering advice, giving encouragement or providing simple practical support, etc, where more experienced workers might be able to teach life skills, while advanced workers could be trained in different types of therapies.
This helps practitioners learn to use a whole variety of interventions and enables them to keep developing their skills, stage be stage, through continuous professional development. This is not only important to effective practice but it also improves our professional standing.