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People with experience of long-term drug use and homelessness teaching with us : experts by experience participation in university social work education



Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Social Work Education
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords empowerment; participation; participatory action research; service user involvement; university education
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Description Participation of experts by experience in university social work education is an important shaping factor for future social workers. This article presents two-year long experience in lecturing together with people who have had experience with long-term drug use, homelessness and have a lot of experience with being in a role of social work clients as well. The aim of the presented approach is to recognize their experience, opinions, and attitudes as an important source of knowledge in social work. Based on the research outcomes, the authors discuss topics such as: the role of experts, empowerment, breaking the stereotypes and ethical issues related to experts’ participation. They conclude with practical recommendations.
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