Handbook for Student Social Work Recording

Process recording is a major learning tool in social work. Social work is unique in its heavy reliance on process recording to teach intervention skills. Because in social work the practitioner’s major tool is one's self and one's ability to interact effectively with clients and other professionals, training must focus on the interactive skills necessary to be effective. Process recordings require that the student attend to interactions on a level not required by verbal review or theoretical analysis. They encourage integration of the multiple levels of learning that a student is exposed to in field and class. Finally, they allow for close oversight of students' work by both agency and school.