SOCWK 5200 Micro Practice
In this generalist practice course students will explore and apply theories of human behavior and the social environment, the strengths perspective, and person-in-environment perspective when working with diverse clients and constituencies. Role plays, as a form of experiential learning, will be used to help students practice basic attending skills, empathic responses, and apply the generalist intervention model, with a focus on analyzing and implementing evidence-informed interventions with diverse clients and constituencies. In addition to role plays, students will observe, discuss, and provide feedback to each other about the application of micro-practice skills as an integral aspect of learning throughout the course. Students will develop skills in inter-professional collaboration to achieve beneficial practice outcomes for their clients and constituencies. Finally, students will examine how a person's life experiences is often an intersection of multiple factors. Self-reflection and evaluation of the student's own life experiences will facilitate this understanding.
In this generalist course students will be introduced to the historical development, mission and current state of the field of social work. Students will identify the impact of social problems on individuals, families and/or communities. In preparation for the Generalist Field Practicum Placement, students will be introduced to the professional social work code of ethics and ethical decision-making frameworks, as well as explore the intersection of their personal and professional values. Students will explore various social work practice roles, and the interaction of these roles with other disciplines.
In this generalist course, students will identify mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and forms of power and privilege embedded within the history of the United States. By understanding our country's social, economic, and political history through the lens of oppression, discrimination, power and privilege, students will increase their awareness of how these mechanisms have personally, culturally and historically impacted individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities in the United States. By means of self and collective reflection, students will evaluate and regulate their own biases and values as learners and will learn to uphold their professional obligation to engage with diverse clients and constituencies as the experts in their own lives.
In this generalist course students will be provided an introduction and overview of research methods used in generalist social work practice. Course content includes both quantitative and qualitative methods and emphasizes critiquing research methodologies, including data collection, sampling and analysis. Students will engage in a single-subject design study where they will identify and implement an intervention and evaluate its outcomes for practice effectiveness. Students will explore ethical considerations in research as practice and the application of evidence-based practice to improve policy and social service delivery.
Prerequisite(s): SOCWK 5000 History of Social Work, SOCWK 5100 Privilege and Oppression.
Pre or corequisite(s): SOCWK 5010 Human Behavior in Social Environment.