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Interpersonal Practice with Families

SW623, Section 002

This course will build on the content presented in course SW 521 (i.e. Interpersonal Practice with Individuals, Families and Small Groups). This course will present a theoretical analysis of family functioning and integrate this analysis with social work practice. Broad definitions of "family" will be used, including extended families, unmarried couples, single parent families, gay or lesbian couples, adult siblings, "fictive kin," and other inclusive definitions. Along with theories and knowledge of family structure and process, guidelines and tools for engaging, assessing, and intervening with families will be introduced. The most recent social science theories and evidence will be employed in guiding family assessment and intervention. This course will cover all stages of the helping process with families (i.e. engagement, assessment, planning, evaluation, intervention, and termination). During these stages, client-worker differences will be taken into account including a range of diversity dimensions such as ability, age, class, color, culture, ethnicity, family structure, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), marital status, national origin, race, religion or spirituality, sex, and sexual orientation. Various theoretical approaches will be presented in order to help students understand family structure, communication patterns, and behavioral and coping repertoires. The family will also be studied as part of larger social systems, as having its own life cycles, and as influencing multiple generations. An overview will be given of current models of practice.

Topic Description / Additional Information

This section will be taught as a hybrid course which means you will have a combination of web-based class sessions and face to face class sessions. Please consider this when choosing a section in which to enroll. At this time you need to be available in person all term until the in person dates are scheduled. A schedule of when you will not be required to be present will be distributed by the class instructor before the class begins

Semester: Spring / Summer 2019
Instructor: Richard M. Tolman
Category: Advanced IP Methods
U-M Class #: 60470
Prerequesites: SW 521/permission of instructor
Time: Tue 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: B760 SSWB

Course Codes

H:Hybrid - a combination of web-based and face to face in person sessions

Other SW623 Offerings

* The course listings below are provided for reference only. These offerings may be subject to change or cancellation.


Term Section Days Time  
Fall 2019 001 Wed 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM View Course
Fall 2019 003 Fri 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM View Course
Fall 2019 004 Fri 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM View Course

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