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2021-2022 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2021-2022 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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SW 330 - Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families

Integrates theory with practice by developing theory-based assessment.  Examines generalist professional social work practice, through the lenses of social justice and human rights for our clients. Emphasizes interviewing skills and assessment strategies, particularly in relationship to various ethno cultures, social classes and oppressed populations.  Includes assessment and evaluation based on the strengths perspective as a way to help individuals and groups to realize their fullest potential in life. 

Prerequisites & Notes
Co-requisite: SW 330L

Assignment Overview
Assignments: midterm, quiz, final paper

Course Learning Objectives
In accordance with the Council on Social Work’s Education Educational and Accreditation Standards, the following core competencies and practice behaviors are critical to successful outcome in this course:


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



Use supervision and consultation to guide professional judgment and behavior


Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice


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 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


Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice


Apply their understanding of social, economic, and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at the individual and system levels


Engage in practices that advance social economic, and environmental justice


Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice


Use practice experience and theory to inform scientific inquiry and research


Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities


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

Credits: 3 credits

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