The BUSG operates on a facilitator led peer group support model (Maywald 2000).
With agencies that have continued to supervise BUSG students the facilitator has developed some familiarity with the type of work, range of staff and this certainly assists the facilitator's understanding of the student's experience;
Until 2003, the BUSG meetings were held on practicum days.
The author has led a variety of education and therapeutic groups over twenty years but the BUSG has proved to be a special one indeed.
Confidentiality is carefully dealt with in the BUSG. Although confidentiality is built into the group contract, students are reminded to think carefully before sharing controversial material about their agency.
It has been possible to compare the different groups and tease out some of particular characteristics of the BUSG. Student review of content, objectives, group facilitation, what each found particularly valuable and how the BUSG either complemented or overlapped with agency supervision occurs in the last session.
* Lone students emphasized the wonderful group learning that the BUSG offered.
Although this BUSG was developed to meet the specific needs of a small group of social work students at the UNSW, some implications for other field education programs include: