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. 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.
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)
REQUIRED TEXT: Shulman, L, , (6th). The Skills of Helping Individuals, Families, Groups and Communities. Brooks Cole ISBN# 9780495509639
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
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.
C. Family of origin
E. Multicultural Issues
F. Relaxation theory
Video: Diagnosis and Assessment in the Practice of Social Work
Communication in Practice
Practice Models and Theory
A. Strengths perspective
B. Problem solving
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
Self-disclosure of feelings.
Art activity exercise.
Final Exam December 8th at 8:00 am.
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.