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Service Learning Experiences in the Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work


  • Coordinator: David Dueñas Cid (david.duenas@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Mestral Federation of Physical and Organic Disabilities Mestral - COCEMFE, Tarragona’s Platform for People Affected by Mortgages, Tega’s Occupational Therapy Service
  • Summary: Students on this course collaborate with the "Federación Mestral", a federation of organizations that support functionally diverse people (e.g. AFANOC, the Association of Family and Friends of Child Cancer Patients in Catalonia, the Tarragona Association for Sufferers of Parkinson's Disease, the Network for Solidarity and Equality and the Association for Alzheimer Sufferers in Reus and the Baix Camp Region, etc.). The aim of the programme is to analyze the support network for functionally diverse people in the region in order to determine the level of social support they receive and assess the impact of any reduction in the activities of organizations in the voluntary sector. This analysis, conducted by URV students from interviews with these organizations and their users, reveals the importance of such organizations in evaluating expectations for improvements in the living conditions of the functionally diverse, and so helps us to recognize the value to society of the work they carry out.
  • You can listen to the experience in Tarragona Ràdio
  • Group picture from the course 2018-19
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Constitution and public administration

  • Coordinator: Aitana de la Varga (aitana.delavarga@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Mestral Federation of Physical and Organic Disabilities Mestral - COCEMFE
  • Summary: In this project students have to put the theoretical concepts of administrative law into practice. It applies administrative law to one of the scenarios that social workers may find in the course of their duties. Students are organized into groups and have to carry out certain activities, each of which match one of the topics studied on the course. The groups have to work with the Mestral Federation. Each activity addresses real issues, so students learn about administrative law and acquire the skills they need while they provide the Federation with a service.

Applied social research

  • Coordinator: Blanca Deusdad (blanca.deusdad@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Association of relatives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities - Taller Baix Camp
  • Summary: In this activity students carry out the research typical of this subject and then propose intervention. The research aims to address issues that the organization has with aging people with intellectual disabilities. There are two main threads -  intellectual disability and aging - which separately involve a number of constraints, dependencies and problems.

    The disability-aging duality has to be studied as a whole. It is a relatively new concern resulting from medical, social, political and theoretical advances, all of which have increased the life expectancy of people with intellectual disabilities. The following points are of particular interest:
    - The consequences of aging for user needs
    - The involvement of caregivers, families and professionals
    - Meeting the needs of the public, private and third sector with existing resources in the area
    - The cuts that have been made to social policies and services
    - The many challenges faced by the disability law

Deontology in Social Work

  • Coordinator: Elisa Abellán Hernández (elisa.abellan@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Association of persons with mental disabilities (APRODISCA, Cuenca de Barberà)
  • Summary: This is a group project in which students will work with an association that helps disable people with the aim of analysing their problems and deliberating on real ethical dilemmas. In doing so, the students gain real-life professional and ethical experience. The students will provide the association with feedback on the results of their ethical reflections.

Social Work in Mental Health

  • Coordinator: Elisa Abellán Hernández (elisa.abellan@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Association of persons with mental disabilities (APRODISCA, Conca de Barberà), Pere Mata Fundation
  • Summary: The methodology used in this project will enable students to get a better understanding of the community social work conducted by APRODISCA, which provides services for adult persons with an intellectual disability and/or mental disorder. Students will gain interesting and important knowledge on the difficulties faced by this community and the valuable assistance provided by the association. They will also learn and absorb the values that they will require in their future careers in the field of mental health. The APS will consist of trying to raise awareness and to fight against the stigmatisation of people with an intellectual disability and/or mental disorder in order to prevent their exclusion on the basis of preconceived and prejudiced ideas about their ability to work. 

Spaces of intervention in gender violence

  • Coordinator: Eva Zafra Aparci (eva.zafra@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Red Cross-Tarragona
  • Summary: This experience consists of two projects:

Project 1: "Reception, care and counseling for women in precarious situation".
The students will participate in the project that aims to articulate a comprehensive response that allows to deal with different situations of social vulnerability, mainly due to gender violence, through: a) reception and protection devices in specific accommodations (emergency homes, shelters and apartments for women in social difficulties); b) to inform, guide and strengthen capacities of women victims of violence and/or women facing other situations of social vulnerability (prostitution, trafficking victims for sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, forced marriages, etc.); c) sensitize the population on aspects related to gender inequality and violence.

Project 2: "Good treatment of the elderly: Promotion of appropriate treatment and protection against abuse".
The students will join the project, which aims to improve the protection and coping capacity of a possible situation of abuse of an elderly person through two lines of intervention directed to two different profiles: 1), improvement of skills and provision of resources for those elderly people who, because of their special vulnerability, do not have the resources (human or material) or personal tools sufficient to be able to deal with a possible situation of abuse alone; 2) care for elderly people/women who may be suffering or have suffered abuse situations, supporting them to overcome this situation and its consequences.

Social clinic and supervision

  • Coordinator: Carmina Puig Cruells (carmina.puig@urv.cat)
  • Community organization:
    • Academc year 2011-12: Community Care Service Campoclaro Civic Center, Child Care Services City of Tarragona.
    • Academc year 2012-13: Reus City Council, Valls City Council.
    • Academc year 2013-14: Reus City Council, Valls City Council.
    • Academc year 2014-15: Ithaca Educational Association, Hospital de la Santa Cruz de Vic Foundation.
    • Academc year 2015-16: Ithaca Educational Association, Hospital de la Santa Cruz de Vic Foundation.
    • Academc year 2016-17: Ithaca Educational Association, Hospital de la Santa Cruz de Vic Foundation, Reus City Council, Institute Pere Mata.
    • Academc year 2017-18: Reus City Council, Institute Pere Mata.
  • Summary: Students on this course organize themselves and work together to solve real problems in society by providing a service that enables them to understand more fully the real meaning of their degree. In this exchange-consult programme, communication flows among various community groups and feedback is generated. These professionals present real cases of individuals, families or communities and pose a series of questions. The students have to study cases, suggest alternatives using various methods proposed by their tutors, and find solutions or recommend interventions for three situations presented by professionals in the field. They also keep a working diary of all their experiences and all the work they have completed as part of their service learning programme. The contributions of the students are transfers in professional actions that helps to improve their practice and the injection of creativity and new tools to design intervention plans appropriate to the needs raised.

Practicum of intervention

  • Coordinator: Ramona Torrens Bonet (ramona.torrens@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Support Network for Care-providing Families in Tarragona
  • Summary: This project seeks to create and promote Mutual Support Groups (MSG) as part of the Support Network for Care-providing Families in Tarragona. The aim is establish two MSGs for carer-providers who have relatives with various conditions that cause them to be dependent. The student forms part of the work groups in the network linked to the MSG and of the group that encourages people to volunteer. The student draws up an action plan to encourage volunteers to promote and disseminate the activities of the support groups. The ultimate objective is for the groups to be able to operate autonomously and continuously.

Final project - Updating the map of social resources of the Social Observatory of Tarragona

  • Coordinator: Ramona Torrens Bonet (ramona.torrens@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Local plan for inclusion and social cohesion in Tarragona
  • Summary: This project arises from the Second Market of Social Projects carried out in Tarragona and was developed the academic year 2015-16. The experience was based on collaboration for the knowledge of the entities and resources of the territory in the tasks of updating the map of resources of the Social Observatory of the city. The project allowed students to discover the world of the entities and social resources working in the city, promote active engagement in their community, strengthen the relationship with professionals and resources in the area of social integration, as well as practice communicative skills and social. In the activity, three students had worked on the Tarragona resource map in three areas: women (violence), childhood (socio-educational) and health partner; through the accomplishment of a total of 20 interviews to the different entities of the Third Social Sector of the territory that make interventions. The updating of the resource map allows a base with the resources that work for inclusion and cohesion in Tarragona, under the pretext of strengthening the network and transversal work between the different agents and resources of the city. The student's contribution to the entity is part of a global project of the Social Observatory of the Tarragona City Council and, therefore, his work has contributed to enrich this project.
  • It's available a poster of the experience at the Revista de Treball Social de Catalunya (n. 209, pp. 145).

Final project - Creation and design of Mutual Help Groups of Families caregivers

  • Coordinator: Ramona Torrens Bonet (ramona.torrens@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Support Network for Care-providing Families in Tarragona
  • Summary: The proposal of work arises from the second edition of the ll Market of Social Projects realized in Tarragona and was developed the academic year 2015-16. This project sought the creation and dynamization of the Groups of Mutual Aid (GAM) synergic in the Framework of the Network of Support to the Caring Families of Tarragona. It has been proposed to create two GAMs: a foster and a transversal, in order to accommodate caregivers with relatives who present different types of affectations that make them dependent. The student body has been integrated into the working groups of the network linked to the GAM and the group that energizes the action of volunteering. During the development of the experience, students have developed action planning, dissemination, dynamization of groups and support through the volunteer group and evaluation of the development of the action. The ultimate goal is that groups can function in an autochthonous and continuous way over time. The APS experience has been carried out in a complementary way between a student of the Degree of Social Work and the Degree of Psychology, and the results have allowed the design of a project of Mutual Assistance Groups for family caregivers in a transversal way, integrating the partners of different entities and affectations. In addition, a pilot action has been developed with a Mutual Aid Group and the evaluation has been carried out.
  • You can listen to the experience in Tarragona Ràdio

Final Project – Analysis of the new entertainment posibilities for people with intelectual disabilities

  • Coordinator: Maria Victòria Forns (mariavictoria.forns@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Fundación La Tutela
  • Summary: The objective of this project of the academic year 2016-17 was to study the need to develop leisure activities for people with disabilities from Fundación La Tutela. The study is divided into four phases: to know the needs and expectations of leisure of this population, to map the leisure offer of the city of Reus, to buy the expectations, the offer and the possibilities, and to elaborate a scientific article with the systematization of the experience.