Overall Objectives

(See chapter objectives for refinement of course objectives)

Knowledge (Declarative Knowledge)

By the end of this course should possess declarative knowledge about:
  1. The standards of cultural competency
  2. The legal and regulatory context of social work practice
  3. A wide variety of theories borrowed from psychology, sociology, political science, economics and moral philosophy and their applicability to social work practice
  4. How declarative knowledge leads to the enactment of a therapeutic or change process through procedural and tacit knowing.
  5. The desired end-goals of policy, advocacy, management, and community practice which are ideologically and value-based. e.g. normative and prescriptive
  6. How the practitioner"s use of self in clinical practice differs from the use of self needed for policy, advocacy, management and community practice
  7. Relationship as a key ingredient in therapeutic outcome
  8. Evidence-based social work practice
  9. Five models of clinical practice: the fiduciary model, crisis intervention, case advocacy, case management, and welfare services for children and families
  10. Therapy applied to individuals, families, and groups as a function of direct practice
  11. 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
  12. Communication skills needed for clinical practice and those needed for policy, advocacy, management, and community practice.
  13. The limitations of a specific method, theory, or empirical finding
  14. The contra-indications of a theory, method, or empirically supported treatment
  15. Missteps and ruptures in the worker-client relationship
  16. 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:
  1. Apply two skill sets: one for clinical practice and another for policy, advocacy, management and community practice
  2. 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
  3. Apply the standards of cultural competency to all areas of practice
  4. Conform to the legal statutes governing clinical and macro practice
  5. Establish an appropriate working relationship with all client systems
  6. Access and appraise (levels of evidence) the empirical evidence relevant to the case situation at hand, regardless of the system"s size
  7. Access and appraise (critical thinking) the multiple theories and methods relevant to each step of the decision hierarchy
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  9. Prioritize interventions for the case/situation at hand, using the steps of the decision tree
  10. 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
  11. Move from declarative knowledge to the enactment of an intervention through procedural and tacit knowing while under field supervision.
  12. Engage in ethical analysis and decision-making when ethical dilemmas occur
  13. Examine theories, methods, and evidence for underlying value-assumption and for their cultural relevance or bias
  14. Use communication skills and formats appropriate to each area of social work practice: clinical, policy, advocacy, management and community practice
  15. 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.
  16. Become competent in managing the dynamics of social groups used or found in policy, advocacy, management and community practice.
  17. Exercise effective and ethical leadership (leader and led)


  1. Respect different ways of knowing: faith, science, philosophical and moral reasoning
  2. Respect both direct and indirect practice as methods having value equal to one another and differential value in their proper or improper application.
  3. Appreciate the different skill sets required for direct and indirect practice
  4. 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
  5. Respect the differences that may exist between personal, professional and client values
  6. Honor the legal and fiduciary context within which social work practice occurs
  7. Respect the regulatory and procedural context of agency-based policies and programs
  8. Adhere to the NASW code of Ethics and ethical decision-making processes; respect the importance of moral scrutiny
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  10. Commit to ethical and effective leadership (leader and led)
  11. Respect cultural differences and similarities
  12. Appreciate the linkage between research, theory and best practices.
  13. Respect the worth and dignity of all human beings and all client populations served by social work.
  14. Respect all venues of social work practice
  15. Respect the principles of democracy (deliberation, nondiscrimination, non-repression) as essential to rational discourse, critical thinking, and moral scrutiny.

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