The successful integration of theory and practice is at the heart of developing professionally accountable social work practice. Despite integration being central to the development of professional practice, multiple pedagogical challenges in achieving this learning have been cited in the literature. These barriers are identified along with providing the rationale for actively seeking ways to bridge the perceived gap between theory and practice. Drawing upon a constructivist framework for learning the ‘Critical intersections model: Mapping knowledge for practice’ is presented and explained. The model is curriculum based, centred on bringing together theory from key knowledge bases with dimensions integral to critically reflecting on social work practice. Mapping knowledge is a process intended to help students and their field educators facilitate integration. This model is embedded in an understanding of practice that is underpinned by critical theory, taking account of factors related to culture and diversity, the ‘expert by experience’ perspective and considering implications for the profession of social work. This article concludes with a case example of the application of the critical intersections model.