(See chapter objectives for refinement of course objectives)
Knowledge (Declarative Knowledge)
By the end of this course should possess declarative knowledge about:
- The standards of cultural competency
- The legal and regulatory context of social work practice
- A wide variety of theories borrowed from psychology, sociology, political science, economics and moral philosophy and their applicability to social work practice
- How declarative knowledge leads to the enactment of a therapeutic or change process through procedural and tacit knowing.
- The desired end-goals of policy, advocacy, management, and community practice which are ideologically and value-based. e.g. normative and prescriptive
- How the practitioner"s use of self in clinical practice differs from the use of self needed for policy, advocacy, management and community practice
- Relationship as a key ingredient in therapeutic outcome
- Evidence-based social work practice
- Five models of clinical practice: the fiduciary model, crisis intervention, case advocacy, case management, and welfare services for children and families
- Therapy applied to individuals, families, and groups as a function of direct practice
- Four models of macro practice: the policy and program context of social welfare, crisis management, class advocacy, and the use of groups in 4 areas of macro practice: policy, advocacy, management and community practice
- Communication skills needed for clinical practice and those needed for policy, advocacy, management, and community practice.
- The limitations of a specific method, theory, or empirical finding
- The contra-indications of a theory, method, or empirically supported treatment
- Missteps and ruptures in the worker-client relationship
- The harmful effects of improperly applied practice models
Skills (Application of Knowledge- Procedural and Tacit Knowing)
By the end of this course you should demonstrate beginning competency in social work theory and practice by being able to:
- Apply two skill sets: one for clinical practice and another for policy, advocacy, management and community practice
- Engage in the differential use of self; the art of healing in clinical practice, and the art of leadership in policy, advocacy, management and community practice
- Apply the standards of cultural competency to all areas of practice
- Conform to the legal statutes governing clinical and macro practice
- Establish an appropriate working relationship with all client systems
- Access and appraise (levels of evidence) the empirical evidence relevant to the case situation at hand, regardless of the system"s size
- Access and appraise (critical thinking) the multiple theories and methods relevant to each step of the decision hierarchy .
- Prioritize interventions for the case/situation at hand, using the steps of the decision tree
- Build a case-specific model of practice (treatment plan) using more than one theory or more than one method as warranted by the facts of the case or situation at hand
- Move from declarative knowledge to the enactment of an intervention through procedural and tacit knowing while under field supervision.
- Engage in ethical analysis and decision-making when ethical dilemmas occur
- Examine theories, methods, and evidence for underlying value-assumption and for their cultural relevance or bias
- Use communication skills and formats appropriate to each area of social work practice: clinical, policy, advocacy, management and community practice
- Become competent in the use of crisis intervention, crisis management, case management, case & class advocacy, therapy with individuals, families, and groups, and services delivery to recipients of child and family welfare.
- Become competent in managing the dynamics of social groups used or found in policy, advocacy, management and community practice.
- Exercise effective and ethical leadership (leader and led)
- Respect different ways of knowing: faith, science, philosophical and moral reasoning
- Respect both direct and indirect practice as methods having value equal to one another and differential value in their proper or improper application.
- Appreciate the different skill sets required for direct and indirect practice
- Appreciate generalist practice as a framework that allows for open assessment of systems of different sizes, multiple theories, multiple methods, and appraisal of empirical evidence
- Respect the differences that may exist between personal, professional and client values
- Honor the legal and fiduciary context within which social work practice occurs
- Respect the regulatory and procedural context of agency-based policies and programs
- Adhere to the NASW code of Ethics and ethical decision-making processes; respect the importance of moral scrutiny .
- Commit to ethical and effective leadership (leader and led)
- Respect cultural differences and similarities
- Appreciate the linkage between research, theory and best practices.
- Respect the worth and dignity of all human beings and all client populations served by social work.
- Respect all venues of social work practice
- Respect the principles of democracy (deliberation, nondiscrimination, non-repression) as essential to rational discourse, critical thinking, and moral scrutiny.