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Interpersonal Practice with Individuals, Families and Small Groups

SW521

Subject: Interpersonal Practice
Credits: 3
Prerequesites: Not Available
Applies To & Method Type: Foundation, IP Methods
Faculty Approval Date: 10/17/2012
Competency Practice Behavior
1.1 Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly. Advocate for client access to the services of social work
1.2 Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly. Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development
1.3 Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly. Attend to professional roles and boundaries
1.4 Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly. Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication
1.6 Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly. Use supervision and consultation
2.1 Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice. Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice
2.2 Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice. Make ethical decisions by applying standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work Statement of Principles
2.3 Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice. Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts
2.4 Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice. Apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions
3.1 Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments. Distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom
3.2 Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments. Analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation
3.3 Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues
4.1 Engage diversity and difference in practice. Recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power
4.2 Engage diversity and difference in practice. Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups
4.3 Engage diversity and difference in practice. Recognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences
4.4 Engage diversity and difference in practice. View themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants
5.1 Advance human rights and social and economic justice. Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination
6.1 Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research. Use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry
6.2 Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research. Use research evidence to inform practice
7.1 Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment. Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation
7.2 Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment. Critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment
9.1 Respond to contexts that shape practice. Continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services
10a.1 Engagement Substantively and affectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
10a.2 Engagement Use empathy and other interpersonal skills
10a.3 Engagement Develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes
10b.1 Assessment Collect, organize, and interpret client data
10b.2 Assessment Assess client strengths and limitations
10b.3 Assessment Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives
10b.4 Assessment Select appropriate intervention strategies
10c.2 Intervention Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities
10c.3 Intervention Help clients resolve problems
10c.4 Intervention Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients
10c.5 Intervention Facilitate transitions and endings
10d.1 Evaluation Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions

Course Description

This course presents social work foundation knowledge and skills essential to interpersonal practice with individuals, families and small groups in social contexts. It integrates content on multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice issues, and it relies on the historical, contextual, and social science knowledge presented concurrently in the foundation SWPS and HBSE courses. The student's field experience and future practice methods courses will build upon the skills presented in this basic course. Throughout this course, students examine social work values and ethics as well as issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, religion, and ability as these relate to interpersonal practice.

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