SWK 305: Direct Practice with Individuals / Couples

Course Description

The first course in the practice sequence introduces the application of generalist social work practice. Processes and strategies for relationship building, assuming a collaborative partnership, describing problems, assessing resources, developing plans, and evaluating progress with people are emphasized. A strengths perspective is stressed with a focus on work with individuals and couples. Students develop personal skills and enhance their self-awareness and self-reflection in relation to their role as leaders and change agents with individuals and couples. Additionally, a fundamental understanding of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Code of Ethics will be reviewed. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • SWK 101: Introduction to Social Work
  • SWK 110: History of Social Welfare
  • SWK 225: Human Behavior in the Social Environment 1
  • SWK 226: Human Behavior in the Social Environment 2
  • Acceptance into the Social Work Program

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding the context, mission and purposes and opportunities of social work services with individuals and couples.
  2. Recognize the role of systems and ecological concepts for understanding the interaction of individuals and couples in their environments.
  3. Analyze the impact of anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion with individuals and couples.
  4. Define direct and clinical social work practice with individuals and couples.
  5. Delineate roles performed by direct practice social worker with individuals and couples.
  6. Identify steps in the helping process, from exploration through implementation and termination with individuals and couples.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) / Competencies

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  4. Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
  5. Engage in Policy Practice
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Course Activities and Grading

 

AssignmentsWeight

Reflection Discussion Boards (Weeks 1-7)

20%

Chapter Helper Studios (Weeks 1-3, 5-7)

5%

Chapter Case Studies (Weeks 1-7)

10%

Chapter Video Activities (Weeks 1-7)

20%

Chapter Exercises (Weeks 1, 2, 5)

5%

Weekly Quizzes (Weeks 1- 8)

20%

Group and Individual Project (Week 8)

20%

Total

100%

 

Required Textbook

Available through Charter Oak State College's Book Bundle

  • Cengage Unlimited - Access (12 months)
    • Vitalsource Rentals (2018)
  • The Social Work Program has partnered with Cengage to provide all e-texts, MindTap activities, and other resources through the Cengage Unlimited Subscription. All Social Work courses will use Cengage Unlimited and MindTap content activities. You will only need to purchase this product one time for theyear. Please do not purchase this product multiple times within a subscription year. In addition, this subscription allows students to rent textbooks through the Cengage website for $9.99 per book. Please refer to your course syllabus forthe required textbook information. Students will have access to all materials for their social work courses from the day of purchase. The subscription expires 365 days after students access and opens their first e-text link. Optional hardcopy textbook purchase can be independently. 
  • The textbook used for this course obtained through Cengage Unlimited is:
    • Hepworth, D., Rooney, R., Rooney, G., Strom-Gottfried, K. (2022). Empowerment Series: Direct Social Work Practice: Theory and Skills. Cengage Learning. 

Course Schedule

Week

PLOs

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1-9

1-5

TopicWhat are the Challenges and Opportunities of Social Work?

  • Read and Review:
    • "How to Register for MindTap in Blackboard" (click on "Course Materials" in the left-hand menu)
    • Hepworth, et al., Chapter 1
  • Read and review the assigned materials
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete the Week 1 assignments:
    • Chapter 1 Helper Studio
    • Chapter 1 Case Study
    • Chapter 1 Video Activity
    • Chapter 1 Exercise
    • Chapter 1 Quiz

2

1-9

1-6

Topic: Identifying the Role of Social Workers in the Helping Process with Social Work Clients

  • Read: 
    • Hepworth et al., Chapters 2 and 3
  • Read the assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete the Week 2 assignments:
    • Chapters 2 and 3 Helper Studios
    • Chapters 2 and 3 Case Studies
    • Chapter 3 Video Activities
    • Chapter 2 Exercises
    • Chapters 2 and 3 Quizzes

3

1-3

2-5

Topic: Cardinals of Social Work Practice

  • Read:
    • Hepworth et al., Chapter 4
  • Read the assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete the Week 3 assignments:
    • Chapter 4 Helper Studio
    • Chapter 4 Case Study
    • Chapter 4 Video Activities
    • Chapter 4 Quiz

4

1,6,7

1,4,5

Topic: Building Blocks of Communication With Clients

  • Read:
    • Hepworth et al., Chapter 5
  • Read the assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete the Week 4 assignments:
    • Chapter 5 Case Study
    • Chapter 5 Video Activities
    • Chapter 5 Quiz

5

3,6,7

2-6

Topic: How to Positively and Effectively Communicate With Clients

  • Read:
    • Hepworth et al., Chapters 6 and 7
  • Read the assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete the Week 5 assignments:
    • Chapter 7 Helper Studio
    • Chapters 6 and 7 Case Studies
    • Chapters 6 and 7 Video Activities
    • Chapter 6 Exercise
    • Chapters 6 and 7 Quizzes

6

3,4,7,9

2,3,5,6

Topics: Assessment: Exploring and Understanding Problems and Strengths

  • Read:
    • Hepworth et al., Chapter 8
  • Read the assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete the Week 6 assignments:
    • Chapter 8 Helper Studio
    • Chapter 8 Case Study
    • Chapter 8 Video Activities
    • Chapter 8 Quiz

7

1,3,7

1-4

Topics: Assessment: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal and Environmental Factors

  • Read:
    • Hepworth et al., Chapter 9
  • Review:
    • Strengths-based Family Therapy Session – Sessions 1 and 2
  • Read the assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete the Week 7 assignments:
    • Chapter 9 Helper Studio
    • Chapter 9 Case Study
    • Chapter 9 Video Activities
    • Chapter 9 Quiz

8

1,3,7

1-4

Topics: Intervention: Process Recording with Individuals/Couples

  • Read:
    • Domestic Violence & Survivor Therapy
  • Watch:
    • Strengths-based Family Therapy Session – Sessions 1 and 2
  • Read assigned materials
  • Watch assigned videos
  • Submit the Week 8 – Group Project and Individual Process Recording Paper
  • Complete Course Evaluation

 

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