SWK 310: Direct Practice with Families/Groups

Course Description

The second course in the practice sequence focuses on mezzo level social work practice with families and groups, emphasizing empowerment and social justice. The course focuses on practice approaches, problem solving, and intervention modalities using the systems perspective at the mezzo level of generalist practice. Students will understand their role with families and groups as leaders and change agents. 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
  • SWK 305: Direct Practice with Individuals/Couples
  • Acceptance into the Social Work Program

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

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

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

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

25%

Chapter Quizzes (Weeks 1-8)

25%

Weekly Assignments (Weeks 1-8)

25%

Group Facilitation Project (Week 3 & Week 8)

25%

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:
    • Dean H. Hepworth, Ronald Rooney, Glenda Dewberry Rooney, Kim Strom-Gottfried (2023). Empowerment Series: Direct Social Work Practice: Theory and Skills – with MindTap Access. 10th ed. ISBN-13: 978-0-357-48454-8

Course Schedule

Week

PLOs

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

2,3,7

1-5

Topics: How to Assess Family Functioning When Working with Families for Culturally Diverse Backgrounds

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 10
  • Review Course Materials
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 10 Video Activity
    • Chapter 10 Helper Studio
    • Chapter 10 Case Study
    • Chapter 10 Exercise
    • Chapter 10 Quiz

2

1,3-8

1-5

Topics: How to Successfully Form and Run a Social Work Group

  • Reading: 
    • Chapter 11
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 11: Helper Studio
    • Chapter 11: Case Study
    • Chapter 11: Exercise
    • Chapter 11: Exercise
    • Chapter 11: Quiz
  • Begin working on your Group Facilitation Project

3

1,3,7,9

1-3,6

Topics: Understanding the Purpose and Functioning of Client Goals

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 12
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 12: Video Activities 1-5
    • Chapter 12: Quiz
  • Submit Group Facilitation Project Part A: Group Facilitation Planning Paper
  • Continue working on your Group Facilitation Project

4

1-9

1-6

Topics: Utilizing Resources and Interventions to Implement Change

  • Readings: 
    • Chapter 13
    • Chapter 14
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 13: Video Activity
    • Chapter 13: Helper Studio
    • Chapter 13: Case Study
    • Chapter 13: Exercise
    • Chapter 14: Helper Studio
    • Chapter 14: Case Study
    • Chapter 14: Exercise
    • Chapter 14: Exercise
    • Chapter 13 & 14: Quiz
  • Continue working on your Group Facilitation Project

5

3,6,8

1-5

Topics: Intervention Skills Used When Working with Couples, Families, and Parents

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 15
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 15: Video Activity
    • Chapter 15: Helper Studio
    • Chapter 15: Case Study
    • Chapter 15: Exercise
    • Chapter 15: Quiz
  • Continue working on your Group Facilitation Project

6

4,6,7,8

1-5

Topics: How to Successfully Intervene in Social Work Groups

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 16
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 16: Helper Studio
    • Chapter 16: Case Study
    • Chapter 16: Exercise
    • Chapter 16: Exercise
    • Chapter 16: Quiz
  • Continue working on your Group Facilitation Project

7

1,3,6-9

1-6

Topics: Utilizing Additive Empathy, Interpretation and Confrontation to Manage Barriers of Change

  • Readings: 
    • Chapter 17
    • Chapter 18
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 17: Video Activity
    • Chapter 17: Helper Studio
    • Chapter 17: Case Study
    • Chapter 18: Video Activity
    • Chapter 18: Helper Studio
    • Chapter 18: Case Study
    • Chapter 18: Exercise
    • Chapter 17 & 18: Quiz
  • Continue working on your Group Facilitation Project

8

1,3,4,8,9

3-6

Topic: How to Terminate a Client

  • Reading:
    • Chapter 19
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 19: Video Activity
    • Chapter 19: Helper Studio
    • Chapter 19: Case Study
    • Chapter 19: Exercise
    • Chapter 19: Quiz
  • Submit Group Facilitation Project Part B: Group Facilitation Video & Process Journal
  • Complete Course Evaluation

 

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