The Theoretical Assumptions of Development of Coaching Competence in Social Worker Training

Aušra Kolbergytė, Valdonė Indrašienė


There are different kinds of occupations that vary from day to day, getting more complex and requiring new knowledge and skills in this modern world. Economic developments and the rapidly changing needs of members of the public encourage schools to frame the outcomes which are oriented towards responding to the exclusive competences depending on nowadays. The social workers who provide assistance to the client (person or group) take an important role in this period of change. Social worker activities are focused on activation and empowerment of the client, so in order to provide with adequate and effective assistance, the specialist must be able not only advise costumers on how they can get help from various social institutions, but also to provide coaching. The purpose of this paper is to reveal the theoretical assumptions of development opportunities of coaching competence in social worker training.
Coaching is understood as the motivation and help in achieving specific goals, and is also self-directed learning based on cooperation. The importance of coaching as an innovative approach to social worker education is displayed in supervision during which people learn how to solve problems together. The study found that the coaching competence in social worker practice is one of the essential skills, developing leadership, management skills in social work and enabling clients to strengthen their power in solving personal problems. Coaching competence development and in-depth training of social workers is one of the most important phenomenons in social work practice, by encouraging clients to solve independently their own problems, to adapt to the changing conditions of society and to integrate into the labor market.


socialinių darbuotojų veikla; konsultuojamasis ugdymas (koučingas); kompetencijos; saviugda

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