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JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM SOWK 317 – Skills for Generalist social Work Spring 2011 Instructor Name: Prof. Cindy Hunter T-Th 12:30-1:45 Instructor e-mail: [email protected] HHS 2207 Instructor Office Phone: (540) 568-1737 Office Hours: T and Th 2-3, F 9-10 and 12-2 Office Location: HHS 2142 COURSE SYLLABUS Course Description : Developing self-awareness of students’ own value and culture systems, differentiating between their own systems and those of clients, and how these differences impact on communication. Understanding of empathy, engagement, and effective interpersonal skills. Developing skills in communication and interviewing within a strengths-based generalist framework with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Course Objectives : This course is designed to: 1. present foundational skills for social work engagement with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities. 2. describe an effective and professional level of written and oral communication. 3. provide the student with opportunities to practice the concepts and skills presented in the course content. 4. identify as a social work professional, and conduct oneself accordingly. 5. discuss human diversity and differences and the impact of those on communication. Learning Objectives : Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be expected to: 1. define the concept of social work engagement as it relates to individuals, families, groups, and communities. 2. describe and apply parts of the problem-solving process as necessary elements in the change relationship. 3. demonstrate knowledge of the strengths perspective and apply it to interviewing skills. 4. develop an awareness and understanding of social work values and ethics and their influence on the helping process. 5. demonstrate a willingness to develop self-awareness by examining one's own position, values, attitudes, and actions. 6. demonstrate awareness of differences (e.g., values, culture, race, background) and how they affect communication. 7. demonstrate the ability to write professional documents including intake form, social history and process recording. 8. demonstrate empathy, engagement, and effective interpersonal skills. 9. identify and describe various social worker roles including: enabler, educator,
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facilitator, mobilizer, broker, advocate, and mediator. Competence in meeting the above objectives will be measured by classroom participation, written assignments, testing and, and in some cases, a semester project. Required Text : Miley, K.K, O’Melia, M., & DuBois, B. (2011). Generalist Social Work Practice: An Empowering Approach (Updated 6 th Ed.) Boston: Pearson Education Course Expectations : All courses should have some statement in terms of writing skill. The following statement is just one example. Welcome to “317.”
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