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A transformative approach to social work education

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journey guides, transformative learning, mentorship, social work

Abstract (summary)

The paper presents an overview of “The Journey Guides Program” - a mentorship and experiential learning framework developed by the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary in Canada. This program was implemented in an Advanced Graduate Seminar, a preparatory course for graduate Social Work students prior to entering their field placements. The purpose of this program is to advance practice-based knowledge in transformative learning. This article begins by discussing critical pedagogy, the theoretical framework that underpinned “The Journey Guides Program”, followed by a description of the eight-step process the authors adopted to implement this program. This paper concludes by presenting our evaluation plan and subsequent steps.

Publication Information

Lorenzetti, L., Dhungel, R., Lorenzetti, D, Oshchepkova, T. & Haile, L. (2017). A transformative approach to social work education. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Higher Education Advances. Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, 801-809. Doi:


Presented on June 21-23, 2017, at the "3rd International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’17) held at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) in Valencia, Spain.

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Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)