Jun 20, 2018  
2017-2018 Saint Joseph's College Online 
    
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online
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SW 331 - Social Work Practice with Groups


Builds on social work practice, knowledge, skills and techniques.  Describes social work practice with groups and begins by delving into the history and theory of group work in social work practice.  Explains the stages of group development, as well as concepts and theories related to group work treatment.  Presents different styles of group leadership, as well as group member roles.  Role-playing various stages of group development is required.  Incorporates an ecosystems perspective, with overall emphasis on utilizing a strengths perspective.  Focuses on:  human rights, social and economic justice, diversity and cultural issues with respect to social work practice with groups.

Assignment Overview
Assignment Overview: 4 Units

Assignments: Proposal, Midterm

Interactivity: High

Final Assessment: Video project

Course Learning Objectives
Course Objectives:

  • Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  •  Make ethical decisions by applying the standards of the NASW Code of Ethics, relevant laws 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
  • Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  •  Present themselves as learners and engage clients and constituencies as experts of their own experiences
  • Apply self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies
  • Engage in practices that advance social economic, and environmental justice
  • Use and translate research evidence to inform and improve practice, policy, and service delivery
  • Apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
  • 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
  • Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • 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
  • 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
  • Facilitate effective transitions and endings that advance mutually agreed-on goals
  • 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


Credits: 3 credits



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