WELF 7023 Social Work Practice Methods 1

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102390

Coordinator Hongjae Park Opens in new window

Description Social Work Practice Methods1 introduces students to a range of skills, knowledge and professional values for work with individuals and families in diverse practice settings. Students are supported to develop core verbal and written communication skills including engagement, assessment, designing and implementing interventions, evaluation, report writing and record keeping practices. There is an emphasis on safe, inclusive and responsive practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

School Social Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 1792 Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Compare and contrast social work practice theories, approaches and models with individuals and families.
  2. Utilise communication and interviewing skills for engaging with individuals and families in social work practice.
  3. Integrate social work theories, models and methods to facilitate casework practice.
  4. Critically reflect on personal values, skills and use of self in a way that allows professional values to guide own professional practice to enhance professional development.
  5. Evaluate the application of individual and family work to diverse fields of practice including mental health and child wellbeing.
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of safe, inclusive and responsive practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from culturally and diverse backgrounds.

Subject Content

1.Knowledge, skills and professional values for Social Work practice.
2.Core verbal and written communication skills for work with individuals and families (e.g. engagement, assessment, designing and implementing interventions, evaluation, report writing and record keeping).
3. Advocacy, self-determination, empowerment and social justice.
4. Individual and family work in diverse fields of practice including mental health and child wellbeing.
5. Safe, inclusive and responsive practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from culturally and diverse backgrounds.
6. Working with voluntary and involuntary individuals and families in diverse practice settings.
7. Critically reflexive practice.

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Online Journal based on class learning and discussion. 3 x 300 word entries (900 words) 30 N Individual
Interview – recorded- demonstrating case work and interviewing skills. 12 minute video 20 N Individual
Critical reflection of recorded interview 300 words 10 N Individual
Assessment Report based on recorded interview 1,200 words 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Maidment, J & Egan, R, 2009, Practice skills in social work & welfare: more than just common sense, 2nd edn, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Parramatta - Victoria Rd

Weekend

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