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:...

SUI Project Seminar I

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...

Service user perspective

Service user perspective in social work education in Germany Generally the degree program of Social Work at a university of applied sciences in Germany enables the students to work in practice. Therefore, encounters with service users are systematically implemented in several courses. Additionally, in almost every...

SUI Project Seminars

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....

Description of the 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....

Imlpementing SUI into Social Work education

Social work as an academic discipline has – at least compared to other disciplines – a relatively short history in Germany (Kuhlmann 2013). After their early history as colleges without university status, schools of social work underwent a process of professional development by being changed...

The “HUSK-project”

An important project in Norway is the so-called HUSK-project. In the years 2006-2011 the Norwegian Directorate of Health and Social Affairs provided funds to establish a university research program for selected municipal social service offices (The Norwegian abbreviation is HUSK). The main goal of the...