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School of Social Work

Challenging Minds, Leading Change, Transform Ing Urn


(4 Credit hours)
SW3010 Social Work Practice Methods I, Fall, 2012
Section #:
902, 12112
Time: Wednesdays, 8:30 - 12:10 PM
UC1-210 Macomb University Center
Lois Garriott
Office Hours: By appointment
Phone: Cell: (586) 354-5647, Alternative (586) 777-1477
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This is the first of four courses providing knowledge, skills and framework for entry level generalist practice
including a service learning component.
2.1.1 Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly
Practice Behaviors:
Advocate for the client access to the services of social work; practice Personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual
professional development; attend to professional roles and boundaries; demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior,
appearance and communication; engage in Career long learning; use supervision and consultation

2.1.2 Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice

Practice Behaviors:
Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice
make ethical decisions by applying standards of the NASW Code of Ethics; tolerate ambiguity in resolving conflicts; apply
concepts of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions

2.1.3 Apply Critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments

Practice Behaviors:
Distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research based knowledge, and practice wisdom;
analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention and evaluation; demonstrate effective oral and written communication in
working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues

2.1.4 Engage diversity and difference in practice

Practice Behaviors:
Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal bias and values in working with diverse groups; recognize
and communicate the importance of difference in shaping life experiences

2.1.10 Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations and
Practice Behaviors:
(a) Engagement:
Substantively and affectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities; use
empathy and other interpersonal skills; Develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes
(b) Assessment
Collect, organize, and interpret client data; assess client strengths and limitation
develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives ; select appropriate intervention strategies
( c ) Intervention
Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals; implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities; help clients
resolve problems; negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients; facilitate transitions and endings
(d) Evaluation
Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions
11 Analyze the impact of the urban context on a range of client systems, including practice implications
Practice Behaviors:

Examine the distinct characteristics of the urban context and apply them.
Kirst-Ashman, K. K. & Hull, G. H. [2012). Understandinggeneralistpractice (6th ed). Belmont, California:
Hepworth, D. H., Rooney, R. H., Rooney, G. D. & Strom-Gottfried, K. (2005). Direct Social Work Practice:
Theory and Skills (5th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks /Cole.
Chapter 1 The Challenges of Social Work;
Chapter 4 Operationalizing the Cardinal Social Work Values;
Chapter 5 Building Blocks of Communication: Communicating with Empathy
and auththencity
Chapter 6 Verbal Following, Exploring, and Focusing Skills
Chapter 14 Developing Resources, Organizing, Planning, and Advocacy as Intervention
Payne, Malcolm (2005). Modern social work theory (7th. edition). Chicago, IL.: Lyceum
Chapter 7 "Systems theory and ecological perspective".
This chapter will be on Blackboard. Unless you want to, you do not need to purchase the book.

Recommended Text
Benjamin, A. (2001). The helping interview (4r ed.). Boston: Houghton M.


This is the first in a sequence of four courses, (SW3010, 3020, 4010, and 4020), designed to develop the
practice knowledge and skills necessary for BSW students to begin professional social work practice. The