Practice II

Course Details

Course Number: 3833  Section Number: 01

Fall 2011

Location: Martin Hall

Classroom Number: 106

Days & Times:

TR 12:30

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Gary Fashimpar   
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Course Objectives


COURSE DESCRIPTION:This course is aimed at developing group leadership methods, ethical decision making, and community social work practice. This course will include skills, knowledge, values and experiences on social group work with large organizations, treatment groups, community groups, self-help groups, oppressed groups and practice with individuals. This course concentrates on generalist skill development. From both an empowerment and an ecological perspective, students will learn to help clients, from individuals to large organizations, build on strengths to improve adaptability to the environment, and to help client systems of all sizes get their needs met through effective interactions with their social environment.


Students will have the opportunity to experientially learn to be both a group member and group leader during the semester. Class assignments and exams will be designed to facilitate the student’s integration of theoretical concepts, professional relationship skills, research, interventions, personal experience, and awareness of self into practice with diverse client systems.


  1. Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.
  2. Understand social work knowledge, values, and skills and apply these to generalist practice.
  3. Practice without discrimination and with respect, knowledge, and skills related to clients’ age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
  4. Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice with individuals, groups and organizations and communities.
  5. Use communication skills differentially across client populations, colleagues, and communities.
  6. Develop the use of self in social work practice.



1.   Discuss how social work knowledge, values, skills and roles fit with generalist practice with organizations, individuals, families and groups.

2.   Demonstrate a capacity to initiate, conduct, intervene in, and terminate with a group.

3.    Demonstrate an awareness of the special needs of diverse populations.

4.    Demonstrate the ability to facilitate group cohesion, and group discussion, by leading a learning group through a structured exercise and evaluating one’s own intervention.

5.    Demonstrate the interpersonal skill to work effectively as a team member.

6.    Have greater insight into the impact of self on interventions.

7.    Describe and analyze organizational and group processes.

8.    Demonstrate an understanding of status, roles, norms, nonverbal and verbal communication patterns, power and the constructive use of confrontation.

Course Expectations



I.          Requirements:

A.   Participation: Students are expected to participate in discussion and experiential activities. Your grade may be lowered for absences on the day of structured exercises.


B.   Exams: Two (2) exams will be given during the semester. Students may bring one sheet of paper to class with information they think might be on the exam. 


C.   Ethical Decision Making Dilemma: In small groups students will arrive at a solution to a case study involving ethical dilemmas such as confidentiality, advocacy, self-determination etc.  Each group will present their solutions to the class along with their ethical bases for their solutions (10 points)


  1. Group Planning And Screening Exercise: Students will form small groups and write a treatment group proposal. Each group will role play screening a potential group member. 


  1. Organizational Conflict Resolution: Students will first solve an organizational conflict case separately then meet in small groups and arrive at a group solution.


  1. Leading A Group Exercise: Each student will bring a group exercise found on the internet or a book to class and lead the class in the exercise. The student leader will demonstrate professional relationship skills and leadership skills.  In processing the exercise the experience will be related to empirical interventions.  The appropriate application of ethics will be demonstrated in the exercise. Students will evaluate the effectiveness of the exercise. The exercise will be turned-in to the professor in writing. Group exercises can be found on the internet or in books listed in the bibliography.


  1.  Participation in Group Exercises:  Certain experiential exercises will require a written group product while others will require only verbal or non-verbal participation.  Credit for attendance will be given for being in attendance for those exercises.  Attendance taking will be random. 

    REQUIRED TEXT:         Shulman, L, , (6th). The Skills of Helping Individuals, Families, Groups and Communities. Brooks Cole ISBN# 9780495509639

Final Exam12/8/2010  8:00 am

Submission Format Policy
















A. Developmental process of work with systems of all sizes.

B. Introductory stage of work with groups, individuals, and organizations

C. Assessment of individuals, groups, and organizations.

D. Planning interventions.



Ch.10, 11, 12, 13 and 14             



Video: Non-Voluntary client contracting



Introductory exercises.




Ethical Decision Exercise Dilemma





Social Work With Organizations

A. Conflict Resolution Theory




Group planning exercises

Organizational conflict    resolution exercise.


Practice With Individuals and Groups

A. Norms and ethics.

B. Confrontation

C. Family of origin

D. Treatment

E. Multicultural Issues

F. Relaxation theory


Video: Diagnosis and Assessment in the Practice of Social Work







Exam 1





Communication in Practice




Non-verbal exercices.




Practice Models and Theory

A. Strengths perspective

B. Problem solving

C. Behavioral

D. Cognitive

E.  Self-help

F.  Ecological

G. leadership skills



CH. 15, 16, 17


Students begin leading group exercises


Children’s activity exercises.


Use of self in groups


Interventions and Termination With Individuals, Groups and organizations




Anger control.

Self-disclosure of feelings.

Art activity exercise.



Final Exam December 8th at 8:00 am.



Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


Absence Policy on Missed Exams, Exercises and Assignments:


Missed exams may be made up without an excused absence, but the student will be penalized one (1) letter grade (10 points) on the exam. Students must be present on the day of class when exercises or assignments are introduced and completed in order to receive credit.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Absence Policy on Missed Exams, Exercises and Assignments:


Missed exams may be made up without an excused absence, but the student will be penalized one (1) letter grade (10 points) on the exam. Students must be present on the day of class when exercises or assignments are introduced and completed in order to receive credit.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.