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Lyter syllabus SWK265 Group spr 08

Lyter syllabus SWK265 Group spr 08 - Kutztown University...

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Kutztown University SWK265 Social Work Practice with Groups & Families: Practice II Social Work Department Sharon C. Lyter, Ph.D., L,C.S.W. 265.010 OM 280 MWF 1:00-1:50 610.683.4932; Old Main 24C; [email protected] 265.020 OM 283 MWF 3:00-3:50 Office hours: M & F 11-12 and 2-3; W 2-3 Weather Hotline: 683-4649 (best to schedule an appointment) SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH GROUPS AND FAMILIES: PRACTICE II SWK 265 Spring 2008 Course Description This course is the second in the series of social work practice courses in which the skills of the problem solving and planned change process are practiced with multi-level client systems (individual, groups, families, communities, organizations). The course focuses on concepts, methods, and skills in social work practice with groups and families. Family development and dynamics will be studied and social work intervention techniques with emphasis on problem solving will be examined. Through class discussions, exercises, and group projects, students will apply their understanding of group dynamics and family assessment, and demonstrate social work practice skills with groups and families. A grade of "C" or better is required in this course. Required of all social work majors. Prerequisite: SWK 250, Social Work Practice with Individuals: Practice I. 3 credit hours, 3 clock hours Rationale Social work students require skills in working with families and groups. This course allows students to learn techniques and practice skills in a laboratory setting prior to or concurrent with their first semester of field experience. Assessing differential needs and planning appropriate interventions with task and treatment groups as well as with families are practiced. Course Objectives Upon completion of this course, students will: 1. define groups, and identify types of groups with which social workers work; 2. define family and identify functions of family in our contemporary society; 3. demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and social work methods with groups and families, and how such knowledge enhances practice; 4. engage, assess and plan appropriate interventions based on the differential needs of the group or family requesting service; 5. evaluate and document the problem solving process utilized in working with groups and families; 6. demonstrate an understanding of issues relating to working with minority and special needs groups and families. Methodology 1
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Experiential learning will take place through in-class group projects requiring students to develop and run groups and family groups using the class as a laboratory. Methods of instruction will include lectures but will emphasize exercises, role playing, class discussions, and use of audio- visual materials. Since lecture will be minimized, students must take responsibility for reading the text and being prepared for class activities, quizzes, and tests.
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