Essential Skills for Social Work Practice

SOCW 6101: Essential Skills for Social Work Practice

Course Schedule

Table of Contents Week 1 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 1 Week 2 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4 Week 3 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 6 Week 4 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 8 Week 5 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 10 Week 6 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 13 Week 7 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 14 Week 8 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 16 Week 9 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 19 Week 10 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 22 Week 11 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 24 This Course Schedule outlines the assignments and due dates for the course. For full assignment details and directions, see each corresponding area in the Weekly Dashboard. Week 1 Generalist Intervention Model

Resources Required Resources

Readings Day 1 – Monday

• Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2015). Understanding generalist practice (6th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

o Chapter 1, “Introducing Generalist Practice: The Generalist Intervention Model” (pp. 1–52)

Day 3 – Wednesday

• Squires, J., & Kramaric-Trojak, N. (2003). Centrelink: How social workers make a difference for young persons. A model of intervention. Australian Social Work, 56(4), 293–304. Retrieved from the Walden Library Database.

Day 6 – Saturday

• Document: Final Project Overview (PDF)

Discussion 1 Ungraded Introduction Video

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For this ungraded assignment, record a 2- to 3-minute video introducing yourself to your colleagues. Your video should include:

• Your name • Your geographic location • A brief description of your educational accomplishments (i.e.,

degrees and schools attended) • A brief description of your employment history • A description of the topic area in which you might specialize

upon graduation (i.e., substance abuse, child welfare, mental health, etc)

Upload your video using the Mashup Tool in the classroom. For instructions on how to upload your video, refer to the Kaltura Media Uploader area on the course navigation menu Submit your video and transcript by Day 3 of Week 1.

Respond by Day 6 to at least two colleagues with a thoughtful question or suggestion.

Note to Students: While this introduction video is an ungraded assignment that will not be calculated into your final grade, it is a required assignment. The purpose of this assignment is to allow you to gain familiarity with technology platforms that share media and to learn more about your colleagues. Note to Students: Technology and Students with Disabilities In this course, students in your peer group will likely create videos and/or PowerPoint presentations and, if so, you will be asked to review them. Our goal is to make those materials accessible to everyone, regardless of disability. If you are unable to access those materials, it is the responsibility of students with disabilities to request appropriate accommodations from the Office of Disability Services at your University within the first week of the course start date.

Discussion 2 Generalist Intervention Model Post by Day 4 a brief description of your population of interest and explain how the Generalist Intervention Model might assist you in working with this population given what you have read so far. Support your posts and responses with specific references to the

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Resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references. Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts. Respond by Day 6 to at least two colleagues who selected a different population from the one you selected and explain some of the challenges that might exist based on the diversity of that population. Return to this Discussion to read the responses to your initial post. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

Looking Ahead

Week 10 Final Project: Client System Role Play Reflection and Analysis Paper You should begin reviewing the guidelines for the Final Project that is due in Week 10. Your Final Project consists of the following components:

• A role play script you develop using the template provided that describes the demographics of a client system you select, characteristics of each member of that system, and the presenting concerns. The script should also map your interaction with the client system in a social work session, based on these details and the social work techniques you select. A draft of your script is due in Week 5. The final draft must be included as an appendix in your Reflection and Analysis Paper due in Week 10.

• A video recording of the session that you capture between the

client system and you as the social worker, based on the script you created in Week 5. The client system you select can be an individual, a family, a couple, a group of colleagues, or members of a community. The video also must show a demonstration of the two social work techniques you would use in working with this client system. Note that since you will need to be the social worker in the video, you may need to recruit a friend or colleague to record the session. Your video is due in Week 9, in order to allow everyone the opportunity to view the videos in preparation for the reflection and analysis component of the Final Project. Note that you also must include a transcript of your role play video.

• A reflection/analysis paper describing insights you gained and

challenges you experienced while planning and executing your

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role play session. Your paper should also include an explanation of the techniques you used and why you used them. Finally, the paper should include a critique of a colleague’s video, offering examples of what your colleague did well and areas where your colleague could improve. This paper is due in Week 10.

For more information regarding your Final Project, please refer to the Final Project Overview document located in this week’s Learning Resources. It is recommended that you download this document for easy reference as you work on this project throughout the course.

Week 2 Cultural Competence in Social Work

Resources Required Resources Readings Day 1 – Monday

• Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2015). Understanding generalist practice (6th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

o Chapter 12, “Culturally Competent Social Work Practice” (pp. 442-472)

Day 2 – Tuesday

• George, M. (2012). Migration traumatic experiences and refugee distress: Implications for social work practice. Clinical Social Work Journal, 40(4), 429–437. Retrieved from the Walden Library Database.

• Johnson, Y. M., & Munch, S. (2009). Fundamental contradictions in cultural competence. Social Work, 54(3), 220– 231. Retrieved from the Walden Library Database.

Day 3 – Wednesday Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Sessions: Case histories. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].

o Part 1, “The Logan Family”

Day 4 – Thursday • Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2015). Understanding

generalist practice (6th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning. o Chapter 13, “Gender-Sensitive Social Work Practice” (pp.

473-512)

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Media Day 3 – Wednesday

• Laureate Education. (Producer). (2013). Logan Episode 1[Video file]. In Sessions. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu

Discussion 1 Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice For this Discussion, review this week’s Learning Resources. Reflect on the population you selected for Week 1. Then, think about the skills you think are necessary for attaining cultural competence as a social worker working with that population. Then search the Walden Library for peer-reviewed article(s) that support the skills you selected. Post by Day 3 a brief explanation of the skills you think are necessary for attaining cultural competence as a social worker working with the population you selected last week. Include an APA citation for a peer- reviewed article that supports the skills you selected. Support your posts and responses with specific references to the Resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references. Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts. Respond by Day 5 to at least two colleagues by explaining two potential barriers your colleague might face in becoming a culturally competent social worker working with the population your colleague described and offer a skill you might use to overcome each barrier. Return to this Discussion to read the responses to your initial post. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

Discussion 2 Gender Sensitivity in Social Work Practice Post by Day 4 a brief explanation of one potential aspect of the video interview where the social worker was not culturally competent nor gender sensitive. Then, explain what you might need to consider in order to be both culturally competent and gender sensitive while working with Eboni. Finally, explain what barriers you might encounter when working with Eboni, given your own personal values with regard to teen pregnancy and abortion. Support your posts and responses with specific references to the Resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.

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Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts. Respond by Day 6 to at least two colleagues by offering one skill you might recommend your colleague use to overcome differences in personal values when working with Eboni given your colleague’s position on teen pregnancy and abortion. Return to this Discussion to read the responses to your initial post. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

Looking Ahead

Week 5 Assignment: Client System Role Play Script You should begin to identify a client system and a profile of that client system for your role play script. Note that if you choose a family as your client system, it is recommended that you review Chapters 9 and 10 of the course text for guidance on working with this client system. You also should begin researching the presenting concerns you would like to address with this client system in your role play. For more information on this component of the Final Project, please refer to the Final Project Overview document located in this week’s Throughout the Week.

Week 3 Micro Skills

Resources Required Resources Readings Day 1 – Monday

• Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2015). Understanding generalist practice (6th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

o Chapter 2, “Practice Skill for Working with Individuals” (pp. 54-93)

Day 2 – Tuesday

• Knight, C. (2012). Social workers’ attitudes towards and engagement in self-disclosure. Clinical Social Work Journal, 40(3), 297–306. Retrieved from the Walden Library Database

• Turner, K., Steketee, G., & Nauth, L. (2010). Treating elders with compulsive hoarding: A pilot program. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 17(4), pp. 449–457. Retrieved from the Walden Library Database.

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Day 3 – Wednesday

• Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Sessions: Case histories. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].

o Part 1, “The Parker Family” Day 4 – Thursday

• Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2015). Understanding generalist practice (6th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

o Chapter 13, “Gender-Sensitive Social Work Practice” (pp. 473-512)

Media Day 3 – Wednesday

• Laureate Education. (Producer). (2013). Parker (Episode 1 of 5)[Video file]. In Sessions. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu

Discussion 1 Identifying Micro Skills

Post by Day 3 an explanation of the challenges you might encounter when using micro practice skills while interviewing the client. Then explain what skills you might use to overcome those challenges. Finally, explain what skills you think you might excel at while working with a client and why. Support your posts and responses with specific references to the Resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references. Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts. Respond by Day 5 to at least two colleagues who discussed a different challenge from the one you discussed and explain a different skill you might use to overcoming that challenge. Return to this Discussion to read the responses to your initial post. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

Discussion 2 Using Engagement Skills in Social Work Practice Post by Day 4 a brief description of the engagement skill you selected from the video. Then explain how the social worker from the video expressed that skill when working with Helen and Stephanie. Finally,

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explain the effectiveness of the skill the social worker is exhibiting. Support your posts and responses with specific references to the Resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references. Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts. Respond by Day 6 to at least two colleagues who selected a different engagement skill from the one you selected and explain how you might exhibit that skill when engaging with Helen and Stephanie. Return to this Discussion to read the responses to your initial post. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

Looking Ahead

Week 5 Assignment: Client System Role Play Script You should finalize the profile of the client system you selected and finish researching the presenting concerns you would like to address in your role play. You also should select which skills and which steps of the GIM you would like to incorporate into your role play script. For more information on this component of the Final Project, please refer to the Final Project section of Week 5 or the Final Project Overview document located in the Week 1 Learning Resources.

Week 4 Mezzo Skills

Resources Required Resources Readings Day 1 – Monday

• Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2015). Understanding generalist practice (6th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

o Chapter 3, “Practice Skills for Working with Groups” (pp. 94-126)

Day 2 – Tuesday

• Huss, E., Elhozayel, E., & Marcus, E. (2012). Art in group work as an anchor for integrating the micro and macro levels of intervention with incest survivors. Clinical Social Work Journal, 40(4), 401–411. Retrieved from the Walden Library Database.

• Mallon, B., & Houtstra, T. (2007). Telephone technology in social work group treatment. Health & Social Work, 32(2), 139–141. Retrieved from the Walden Library Database.

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Day 3 – Wednesday Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Sessions: Case histories. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].

o Part 1, “The Johnson Family” Media Day 3 – Wednesday

• Laureate Education. (Producer). (2013). Johnson (Episode 1 of 5)[Video file]. In Sessions. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu

Discussion 1 Social Work Practice with Groups

Post by Day 3 an explanation of the potential benefits Talia might experience through her participation in group work as depicted in the video. Support your posts and responses with specific references to the Resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references. Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts. Respond by Day 5 to at least two colleagues by explaining the potential pitfalls in group member interactions for sexual assault survivor groups. Please access resources in the Walden library to complete this Discussion. Return to this Discussion to read the responses to your initial post. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

Discussion 2 Mezzo Skills: Group Roles Post by Day 4 brief description of the group member role that might be most challenging to you as a group leader and explain why. Then, explain a skill you might use for overcoming that challenge. Support your posts and responses with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.

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Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts. Respond by Day 6 to at least two colleagues who selected a different role from the one you selected and explain what types of behaviors are associated with that role and how you might use those behaviors to promote appropriate group interactions. Return to this Discussion to read the responses to your initial post. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

Looking Ahead

Week 5 Assignment: Engagement and Assessment of Communities You should begin researching a community for which you would like to assess strengths and needs in order to prepare for next week’s Discussion and Assignment. For more information on this assignment, please refer to the Assignment section of Week 5. Week 5 Final Project: Client System Role Play Script In preparation for your Final Project, you should finalize the selection of the social work skills and GIM steps you would like to incorporate into your role play. You also should begin drafting the role play script that depicts the dialogue and the visual interactions between you as the social worker and the client system you selected based on the presenting concerns you identified. A draft of your script is due in Week 5. For more information on this component of the Final Project, please refer to the Final Project Overview document located in this week’s Throughout the Week.

Week 5 Macro Skills

Resources Required Resources Readings Day 1 – Monday

• Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2015). Understanding generalist practice (6th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

o Chapter 5, “Engagement and Assessment in Generalist Practice” (pp. 161-206)

Day 2 – Tuesday

• Itzhaky, H., & York, A. S. (2002). Showing results in community organization. Social Work, 47(2), 125-131.

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Day 3 – Wednesday

• Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2015). Understanding generalist practice (6th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

o Chapter 4, “Skills for Working with Organizations and Communities” (pp. 127-160)

Day 4 – Thursday

• Document: Role Play Script Template (PDF) o Note: You will use this document to develop your role

play script. Day 5 – Friday

• Knee, R. T., & Folsom, J. (2012). Bridging the crevasse between direct practice social work and management by increasing the transferability of core skills. Administration in Social Work, 36(4), 390–408. Retrieved from the Walden Library Database.

• Rome, S. H., & Hoechstetter, S. (2010). Social work and civic engagement: The political participation of professional social workers. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 37(3), 107–129. Retrieved from the Walden Library Database.

Discussion Community Social Work Post by Day 3 a description of the community you selected. Then, explain the strengths and challenges associated with that community based on its characteristics. Finally, explain how you, as a social worker, might help the community view its perceived challenges as a strength. Be sure to post the pictures you took that represent the characteristics you identified in the community. Support your posts and responses with specific references to the Resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references. Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts. Respond by Day 5 to at least two colleagues, identifying a new potential challenge not previously discussed by you or your colleague. Then, explain how you might view that challenge as a strength for the community your colleague described. Return to this Discussion to read the responses to your initial post.

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Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

Assignment Engagement and Assessment of Communities Assignment: (2- to 4-page paper in APA format). Your paper should include the following:

• A description of the community you selected • A description of the key informants you would contact within that

community • An explanation of why you would contact the key informants you

selected • An explanation of the skills you might use to engage these

informants to obtain the community details to complete your needs assessment and explain why you chose those skills.

Support your Assignment with specific references to the Resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references. Submit your assignment by Day 7 of Week 5.

Final Project Draft of Client System Role Play Script Role Play Script (2–5 pages): Your role play script should include:

• A description of the client system (depending on the client level you selected—micro, mezzo or macro).

• An explanation of the presenting concern • A description of the client session scene in which you implement

the GIM step and practice skills you have selected for working with this client system.

• A detailed description of the actual dialogue that takes place between you, as the social worker, and the client(s). Note that the dialogue should depict the techniques you would use to implement the GIM step and the practice skills you selected for the client interaction.

• A description of the visual cues that both the social worker and the client might exhibit during the interaction that support the GIM step and practice skills you selected.

• An explanation of the techniques you might use to implement the GIM step and practice skills you selected and why.

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Submit your role play script by Day 7 of Week 5. Note to Students: Your role play script will not be graded until Week 11. However, you are required to turn it this week for feedback and approval.

Looking Ahead

Week 9 Final Project: Client System Role Play Video You should begin identifying and contacting individuals who will serve as your client system in your role play video. For more information on this component of the Final Project, please refer to the Final Project section of Week 9 or the Final Project Overview document located in the Week 1 Learning Resources.

Week 6 Family Systems

Resources Required Resources Readings Day 1 – Monday