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Mend the gap

Watch the movie “Mend the gap. A challenge in social work education”...

Involved Institution

Located near Stuttgart in the south of Germany, Esslingen University of Applied Sciences offers a bachelor’s degree course (7 semesters, 210 ECTS) as well as a masters’ degree course (3 semesters, 90 ECTS) in social work with an intake of 93 students per semester in...

Critical reflection

Besides all the positive aspects discussed above, we are aware that the work done on service user involvement in our department is only a starting point: coming back to the qualification framework of social work introduced above, there are a large number of areas for...

Evaluations of the SUI Seminars and projects

All the activities reported so far were carefully evaluated using different methodological approaches. After two one-year user involvement seminars with a total of 26 students and more than 30 service users in the course of the Esslingen BA Social Work curriculum, our evaluation is very positive:...

SUI Seminar I – a short description

The conceptualisation of SUI seminar I was done collaboratively between the two lecturers (the authors of this text Marion Laging and Thomas Heidenreich) and the student group of 8 students using input from professionals (a platform called “regional practice”) and service users. During these discussions...

Approaching service users for SUI projects and EX-IN

Across Europe, different service user groups have already been included in SUI seminars (e.g. users of mental health services, people who grew up in care). Initially, we had no constraints as to which service users to include in our seminar. Rather, we chose a participatory...

Critical reflection of the conducted SUI Seminars and Projects

Besides all the positive aspects discussed above, we are aware that the work done on service user involvement in our department is only a starting point: coming back to the qualification framework of social work introduced above, there are a large number of areas for...

Service User Involvement seminars and projects

Two project seminars (one of which started in March 2014, the other in March 2015) had been conducted. Both of these project seminars organized SUI seminars. The first group of eight students decided to start working on the SUI idea (project seminar I) in March 2014....

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences

Located near Stuttgart in the south of Germany, Esslingen University of Applied Sciences offers a bachelor’s degree course (7 semesters, 210 ECTS) as well as a masters’ degree course (3 semesters, 90 ECTS) in social work with an intake of 93 students per semester in...

Evaluation of the conducted SUI Seminars and Projects

All the activities reported so far were carefully evaluated using different methodological approaches. After two one-year user involvement seminars with a total of 26 students and more than 30 service users in the course of the Esslingen BA Social Work curriculum, our evaluation is very positive:...