Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families – SOWK 350

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/01/2021

Course Description

Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families is the study of practice from a generalist social work point of view. Particular emphasis is placed on the practice behaviors associated with engagement, assessment, and intervention.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Social workers interact with individuals and families on a daily basis. This course aids the student in developing competency in the areas of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation when working with individuals and families. The course also prepares the student with foundational knowledge necessary for effective generalist social work practice.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

A. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior (CSWE Competency 1)

  • make ethical decisions by applying the standards of the NASW Code of Ethics, relevant laws and regulations, models for ethical decision-making, ethical conduct of research, and additional codes of ethics as appropriate to context
  • use reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain professionalism in practice situations
  • demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and oral, written and electronic communication
  • use technology ethically and appropriately to facilitate practice outcomes
  • use supervision and consultation to guide professional judgment and behavior.

B. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice (CSWE Competency 2)

  • apply and communicate understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo and macro levels;
  • present themselves as learners and engage client systems as experts of their own experiences; and
  • apply self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies. 

C. Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice (CSWE Competency 4)

  • use practice experience and theory to inform scientific inquiry and research
  • apply critical thinking to engage in analysis of quantitative and qualitative research methods and research findings
  • use and translate research evidence to inform and improve practice and service delivery. 

D. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities (CSWE Competency 6)

  • apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage with clients and constituencies
  • use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage diverse clients and constituencies.

E. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities (CSWE Competency 7)

  • collect and organize data and apply critical thinking to interpret information from clients and constituencies
  • apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the analysis of assessment data from clients and constituencies
  • develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives based on the critical assessment of strengths, needs, and challenges within clients and constituencies
  • select appropriate intervention strategies based on the assessment, research knowledge, and values and preferences of clients and constituencies.

F. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities (CSWE Competency 8)

  • critically choose and implement interventions to achieve practice goals and enhance capacities of clients and constituencies
  • apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in interventions with clients and constituencies
  • use inter-professional collaboration as appropriate to achieve beneficial practice outcomes
  • negotiate, mediate, and advocate with and on behalf of diverse clients and constituencies
  • facilitate effective transitions and endings that advance mutually agreed-on goals.

G. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities (CSWE Competency 9)

  • select and use appropriate methods for evaluation of outcomes;
  • apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the evaluation of outcomes.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussion: Active Listening

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt. The thread must be 350–450 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and follow current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–250 words.

Triad: First Session Assignment

For the Triad: First Session, Triad: Second Session, and Triad: Final Session Assignments, students will be placed in a group to participate in simulated interviews that addresses a particular client situation. To conduct these interviews and record them, students must use Microsoft Teams.

You and your group will record three 10–15-minute interviews with each group member acting as a practice worker, a practice client, and an observer of one of the simulations.

For the Triad: First Session, students will consider a fun memory that they would like to share about in the session in which they serve as the client. Students will meet together and practice. If there are 3 in a group, then there will be 3 separate sessions of 10–15 minutes each (if there are 4 in your sessions, there will be 4 sessions). It is advisable to set aside at least 1 hour to do all 3 sessions.

Ecomap and Spiritual Life Map Assignment

Students will complete a spiritual life map and an ecomap. This assignment will provide you with content to discuss in your Triad: Second Session Assignment.

The Ecomap and Spiritual Life Map Assignment paper must contain 2 pages of narrative content, 2 diagrams which are not included in the 2 pages of narrative, and title and reference pages. Students must include at least 1–2 sources, such as the course texts, the Bible, relevant journal articles and/or websites. The paper must be in current APA format.

Triad: Second Session Assignment

For the Triad: First Session, Triad: Second Session, and Triad: Final Session Assignments, students will be placed in a group to participate in simulated interviews that addresses a particular client situation. To conduct these interviews and record them, students must use Microsoft Teams.

You and your group will record three 10–15-minute interviews with each group member acting as a practice worker, a practice client, and an observer of one of the simulations.

Students will share their spiritual lifemap or your eco-map from the Ecomap and Spiritual Life Map Assignment when it is their turn to be the client. Students must have one of these drawn out to show their worker during the video session.

Genogram and Culturgram Assignment

Students will complete a narrative paper that includes a genogram and culturagram, as well as a conclusion of the assessment tools.

The Genogram and Culturagram Assignment paper must contain 3 pages of narrative content, 2 diagrams (not included in the 3 pages of narrative), and title and reference pages. Students must include at least 3 sources, such as the course texts, the Bible, relevant journal articles and/or websites. The paper must be in current APA format.

Triad: Final Session Assignment

For the Triad: Final Session Assignment, the student and their assigned group will participate in a simulated interview for their final project that addresses a particular client situation.

Using Microsoft Teams, the student and their group will record a 15–20-minute interview of the group members acting as a practice worker, a practice client, and an observer of the simulation. The student will submit a recorded video of the session in which they are the social worker.

Triad: Journal Article Review Assignment

For this assignment, students will select 1 peer-reviewed journal article that reflects research applicable to the Triad: Final Session Assignment.

Triad: Self-Evaluation Assignment

For this assignment, students will demonstrate self-reflection and correction by watching their Triad: Final Session Assignment and writing a report of their preparation activities, assessment and intervention strategies, areas of strength, and needed improvements. The student must indicate how you can use supervision and consultation to enhance your social work practice.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the course material for the assigned Module: Week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit.