SW18E: Introduction to Social Work I (Generalist Perspective) by H2yE7H

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									        Learning about the
    Practice of Social Work


Lecturer: Mrs. Lita Allen
The University of the West Indies
Mona Campus
Course: SW28A & SW28B
     SW18E: Introduction to
        Social Work I
                 Semester I
           (Generalist Perspective)


    SW18F: Introduction to
       Social Work II
                   Semester II
(Introduction to the 3 methods to Social Work)
SW28A: Introduction to Social
 Work Theory and Practice I
(The 3 methods, connecting theory with practice)
                  Semester I



SW28B: Introduction to Social
 Work Theory and Practice II
 (The 3 methods, connecting theory with practice)
                   Semester II
The three methods of Social Work

 Casework
      work
 Group
 Community work (with policy practice)


       under girded by effective

 Organization, management and
 administration
Group Work
                                  Casework




                                Community
                                  Work


All other courses provide the broader context
          and knowledge for practice
            Year III
Building practical competencies

 SW38A:  Counselling, Treatment and
 Rehabilitation

 SW38C:   Applied Social Group Work

 SW38B:   Community Organization
     Generalist Social Worker
 Equivalent of general practitioner in
  medicine
 Wide repertoire of skills to deal with basic
  conditions
 Casework perspective – concrete services
 Counselling perspective – person, problem
 Case management – good organizational
  and administrative skills
 Knowledgeable of ethical practices, law
  and other agency services
 Backed by specialists – for referral
Advanced Social Work Practice
        Three Fields of Specialization

   Administration and Management of Human
    Services

   Clinical Social Work Practice

   Community Organization and Policy
    Practice
  Academic Year, 2007/2008
SEMESTER I (SW28A)
 Casework – 10 weeks

 Group Work – 3 weeks



SEMESTER II (SW28B)
 Group Work – 5 weeks

 Community work – 8 weeks
         Diploma Students
 Purchase  handouts for level I
 Do required reading
 Attend “makeup” session
 Value of attending Human Skills
  Laboratory (HSL)
 Departmental requirement only
  (double your coursework grade)
 Consider level of readiness at this
  stage for doing “real” social work
    Coursework Expectations
 Research

 Read

 Reflect

 Respond

 - creative participation
 - leadership actions
 - connecting theory and practice
        Class Expectations


 Be  on time at all times
 Pay attention and respect when
  others are speaking
 Affirm each other

 Ask for what you need

 Agree to disagree agreeably
Students’ expectations
                         REVIEW
   2 areas of practice – direct; indirect

   3 levels of practice:
    – Micro (individuals and those closely associated)
    – Mezzo (groups and less intimate interpersonal relationships)
    – Macro (organizations, communities, working to change
      statutes and policies



 Primary focus of social work practice – PIE
 (individual, family, group, organization, community)


   Relationship with other helping professionals
                    REVIEW

8    Goals of social work practice
                                     (Zastrow, pp.19-21)


   Values of the profession

   Biestak’s 7 social work values for relationships

   Roles and functions of the social worker
    Roles and Functions
    of the Social Worker
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     Getting to know your client
 Previous records
 Assessment forms
 Psychological tests
 Interviews & counselling sessions
 Client’s verbal reports
 Collateral sources
 Observation of non-verbal behaviours
 Home visits


N.B. Self-awareness and self-knowledge will enable more
  open and honest dialogue for eliciting honest responses
  from clients. (Class contribution, 2007/8))
Interviewing vs Counselling



     Difference lies in the
    purpose of the session
           Interviewing
Definition:
Structured meetings with clients in
  order to:
- obtain information for a social
  study or a social history;
- make an assessment of the client
  and his/her situation;
- make a therapeutic intervention
  in order to help clients change.
    KEY: COMMUNICATION
Effective interpersonal communication
  is the key for facilitating effective
  interviewing or counselling in terms
  of the:

 relationship

 content

 process

								
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