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Foundations of Social Work Practice
Lay the groundwork for a career in social work.Take in the fundamentals of ethical practice in this sector. Hone your interpersonal communication skills. Examine welfare and institutional structures and look at their impact on human services.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- understand the historical and current concepts in social work and human service development and the complexity and diversity of the human service industry
- capacity to analyse and discuss aspects of the contemporary Australian welfare system
- understand the value and ethical foundations of social work, and appreciate the knowledge and theoretical base that informs social work practice
- develop theoretical and practical understandings of interpersonal communication processes and group facilitation and the capacity to apply these skills in a range of human service contexts
- increased knowledge about different approaches to social work intervention and problem solving in an interprofessional context
- understand the transferability of knowledge, skills and values from previous study, work and life experience to the profession of social work
- Recognition of the importance of research in practice and a beginning understanding of how research is used in social work practice.
- Welcome and introduction
- Expectations, content, process, group dynamics, assessment requirements and intro to social work context, definitions, purpose and career motivations
- Introduction to social work values and ethics
- Part 1: The knowledge, theory and organisational base of social work practice
- Part 2: The knowledge, theory and organization base of social work practice
- Independent Study: Readings preparation
- Helping Process: Explores engagement, assessment, intervention, termination and review, and looks at diversity and critical reflective practice
- Explores theory and practice in interpersonal communication and relationships
- Focus on building connections and relationships with fellow students and staff
- Focus on interpersonal and communications skill development
- Explores the field placement learning experience, expectations, responsibilities and assessment
- Focus on interpersonal and communication skill development
- Chat Rooms
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online assignment submission
- Standard Media
- Streaming Multimedia
- Web links
- Resources and Links
- Printable format materials
- Audio-Video streaming
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- AttendanceDetails - This unit includes a compulsory 2 week intensive on-campus at Griffith University Gold Coast campus.
- OtherDetails -
Foundations of Social Work Practices introduces the fundamentals of working in the human services including institutional structures and welfare discourses, models, research and processes of human service delivery and methods of social work intervention: interpersonal helping, group work and community work. This subject contains a compulsory on-campus intensive. The July and Nov offerings have a 2 week embedded on-campus intensive.
This subject is the foundation degree for students with previous related undergraduate study wishing to pursue a professional career in social work. This degree is situated at the front-end of the Master of Social Work program so that students are given sound contextual knowledge about the discipline of social work before moving into their first field placement experience. Students are required to pass this degree before they can progress into a field placement. This subject is studied in external/distance mode through to the compulsory 10 day intensive at the end of the degree. The intensive will focus on interpersonal and communication skills, in preparation for engagement with the field.
- Guided discussion (5%)
- Guided Discuss Using Research (5%)
- Practice Based Assignment (20%)
- Writtien Assignment (25%)
- Intensive-Guided Discussn (20%)
- Written Assignment (25%)