Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families – SOWK 350

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.

Prerequisites

(SOWK 294 or Social Work Gate 1 with a score of 3) and SOWK 300 (may be taken concurrently)

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for the forum. 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.

Discuss Board Forums assess Competency 1-Ethics/Prof. Behavior, Competency 2-Diversity,(Knowledge/Values/Cog & Affective Processes).

Triad Practice Sessions (2)

The student will be placed in a group in order to complete three 10–15-minute video-recorded practice sessions using a free, online synchronous tool (WebEx, Google Hangout, Skype for Business, etc.) on a provided topic. The student will submit a 1-paragraph paper regarding his/her session in addition to the recorded session.

Competency 1– Ethical/Prof. Behavior (Values/Skills),Competency 2– Diversity (Values/Skills). Competency 6–Engage, Competency 7–Assess, Competency 8–Intervene, Competency 9-Evaluate (all measure: Knowledge/Values/Skills/ Cog & Affective Processes).

Peer Review

The student will submit a 1-page peer review of his/her group providing constructive feedback regarding the sessions, as well as areas of improvement for group members.

This exercise assesses learning outcomes: Competency 1– Ethical/Prof. Behavior (Knowledge/Values/Skills/Cog & Affective Processes), Competency 2– Diversity(Knowledge/Values/Skills/Cog & Affective Processes), Competency 6–Engage (Skills/Cog & Affective Processes), Competency 7–Assess(Skills/Cog & Affective Processes), Competency 9-Evaluate (Skills/Cog & Affective Processes).

Peer Review Response

The student will write a 250–350-word response to the feedback given about him/her by the other group members’ Peer Reviews. The student will respond to the suggested improvements and other applicable information given.

This exercise assesses learning outcomes: Competency 1– Ethical/Prof. Behavior (Knowledge/Values/Skills/Cog & Affective Processes), Competency 2– Diversity(Knowledge/Values/Skills/Cog & Affective Processes), Competency 6–Engage (Skills/Cog & Affective Processes), Competency 7–Assess(Skills/Cog & Affective Processes), Competency 9-Evaluate (Skills/Cog & Affective Processes).

Self-Assessment

Two-part Assignment

Part 1

The student will write a 2-page biopsychosocial-spiritual self-assessment that includes an eco-map and spiritual lifemap. The assessment must include at least 1–2 references, which may include the course textbooks, relevant journal articles, and/or the Bible. The assessment must be in current APA format.

Part 2

The student will write a 3-page biopsychosocial-spiritual self-assessment that includes a genogram and culturegram. The assessment must include at least 3 references, which may include the course textbooks, relevant journal articles, and/or the Bible. The assessment must be in current APA format.

Both measure learning outcomes: Competency 1– Ethical/Prof. Behavior (Values/Cog & Affective Processes) Competency 4–Research (Knowledge/Cog & Affective Processes) Competency 6–Engage (Knowledge/ Cog & Affective Processes) Competency 7–Assess (Knowledge/ Cog & Affective Processes).

Final Project

Three-Part Assignment:

Triad Practice Interview

The student will be placed in a group in order to participate in a simulated interview that addresses a particular client situation. Using a synchronous tool, such as WebEx, Google Hangouts, Skype for Business, or another communication tool, the student and his/her peers 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.

Journal Article Review

The student will select 1 peer-reviewed journal article that reflects research applicable to the issues raised during the practice session in his/her video interview. The student will write a 2-page review that summarizes the purpose of the article and 2 concepts learned from the article that relate to the practice client’s issue. The paper must include a title page and a reference page (not included in the required page total) and be in current APA format.

Interview Self-Evaluation

The student will demonstrate self-reflection and correction by writing a report of his/her preparation activities, assessment and intervention strategies, and areas of strength and improvement needs after watching his/her interview simulation. The student will indicate how he/she can use supervision and consultation to enhance his/her social work practice. The paper must be 4–5 pages, not including the title/reference pages, and must use current APA format. The reference page must contain 3–4 sources, which may include textbooks and journal articles. Bible verses are encouraged with proper context but will not be counted as a source.

This project assesses learning outcomes Competency 1– Ethical/Prof. Behavior (Knowledge/Values/Skills/ Cog & Affective Processes) Competency 4–Research (Knowledge/ Cog & Affective Processes). Competency 6–Engage, Competency 7–Assess, Competency 8–Intervene, Competency 9-Evaluate (all measure: Knowledge/Skills/ Cog & Affective Processes).

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study 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 20-minute time limit.

Quizzes assess learning outcomes Competency 1– Ethical/Prof. Behavior, Competency 2– Diversity, Competency 6–Engage, Competency 7–Assess, Competency 8–Intervene, Competency 9-Evaluate, (Knowledge/Cog. and Affective Processes).