I would encourage practitioners in the field to think very seriously about taking a student from ACU. Having been lucky enough to have 5 students in the past 5 years, my experience and that of my colleagues has been an extremely positive one. I hope to continue offering placements with ACU. Our Department has a student unit with a designated social worker as Student Educator and she has found that ACU students are very interactive in her student groups and provide good models for students from other universities and professions. In fact they have been so good that we even employed an ACU student (when we had a vacancy) and would have loved to take on more of their students as well!
Children's Hospital Westmead
There is always some hesitancy about providing a placement for a social work student, particularly in my case as my past experiences with students on placement had not been very positive.
Working with ACU in Brisbane has restored my enthusiasm to work with students. The collaborative partnership we were able to establish with ACU supported my ability as a supervisor and enhanced the learning experience for the student. The student came to placement well prepared and ready to take on the challenge of working in mental health. It's great to feel like you are apart of a team, working towards creating a better learning environment for future social workers.
Senior Social Worker, Metro North, Mental Health - RBWH