Practice III SW

Course Details

Course Number: 4213  Section Number: 101

Fall 2013

Location: Martin Hall

Classroom Number: 106

Days & Times:

11:00-11:50 Class is held on M W F

There is not a final exam.  The final group project is due Dec 6.

Course Attachments

assignments  PRACTICE III SW 4213-20120831-135808.docx


MSU Faculty Member
Leigh Anne Hope   
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Course Objectives

Core Competencies

Educational Policy 2.1.1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly Students will serve as representatives of the profession, its mission and its core values.  They will commit themselves to the profession’s enhancement and to their own professional conduct and growth.  Students will advocate for client access to the services of social work, practice personal reflection and self correction in order to assure continual professional development, attend to professional roles and boundaries, demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance and communication, engage in career long learning and utilize supervision and consultation.

Students will practice aspects of this core competency in classroom discussions, the board meeting assignment, service in the field placement assignment and during their agency presentation.

Educational Policy 2.1.3.- Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments

Social Workers are knowledgeable about the principles of logic, scientific inquiry, and reasoned discernment.  They use critical thinking augmented by creativity and curiosity.  Critical thinking also requires the synthesis and communication of relevant information. Students will distinguish, appraise and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom, analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention and evaluation, and demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues. 

Students will practice aspects of this core competency in the field placement assignment, agency presentation and group community needs project.

Educational policy 2.1.9.-Respond to contexts that shape practice.

Social workers are informed, resourceful and proactive in responding to evolving organizational, community and societal contexts at all levels of practice.  Social workers recognize that the context of practice is dynamic, and use knowledge and skill to respond proactively.  Social workers continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services; and provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of societal services.

Students will practice this core competency by participation in the group community needs assessment project.

Educational Policy 2.1.10(a)-(d)- Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Professional practice involves the dynamic and interactive processes of engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation at multiple levels.  Social workers have the knowledge and skills to practice with individuals, families, groups and organizations and communities.  Practice knowledge includes identifying, analyzing and implementing evidence-based interventions designed to achieve client goals; using research and technological advances; evaluating program outcomes and practice effectiveness; developing, analyzing, advocating and providing leadership for policies and services; and promoting social and economic justice.

Students will gain practice with this set of core competencies through class discussions and activities; the field placement assignment and the group community needs assessment project.

Educational Policy 2.1.10 (a)-Engagement

Social Work students will substantively and affectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organization, and communities; use empathy and other interpersonal skills; and develop a mutually agreed on focus of work and desired outcomes.

Educational Policy 2.1.10 (b)-Assessment

Social workers collect, organize, and interpret client data; assess client strengths and limitations; develop mutually agreed on intervention goals and objectives; and select appropriate intervention strategies.

Educational Policy 2.1.10 (c)-Intervention

Social Workers initiate actions to achieve organizational goals; implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities; help clients resolve problems; negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients; and facilitate transitions and endings.

Educational Policy 2.1.10 (d)-Evaluation

Social workers critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate intervention

Course Educational Objectives:

·         Students will learn the basic aspects of operation for various service providers such as non-profit agencies, government agencies, for profit organizations and multi-service agencies.

·         Students will learn multiple factors affecting the service delivery of organizations such as agency culture, staffing issues, politics, economics and funding.

·         Students will gain practice in goal, objective and task setting

·         Students will learn the various roles and skills involved with multiple levels of social work including case management, supervision and advocacy

·         Students will learn the fundamentals of non-profit management including fund raising, grant seeking; board and volunteer recruitment, and strategic planning

·         Students will learn the basics of community needs assessment, social planning, and inter agency collaboration

·         Students will hone in on the values and ethics of social work and learn to maintain and apply them in various macro level settings

·         Students will gain practice in evaluating, analyzing, collaborating and communicating various environmental factors affecting service delivery and clients’ access to resources


Course Expectations

General Rules of Conduct:

Grading Standards

Measures of Outcome:  There will be two exams, one agency presentation, one individual assignment (board meeting), and one group project.

EXAM =100


Agency presentation = 25 points

Board Meeting Report =25 points

Group Project= 150 points

360-400 =A




239 or below =F


Final Exam12/10/2012  Fiinal Group Project due Dec 6

Submission Format Policy

The agency presentation assignment will be given in class the week of Oct 15, 17, and 19.  Students will draw for dates.

The baord meetin assignment is due Weds. Dec in person or by email by noon.

The Community Needs Assessment and Agency Development Assignment is due Nov 30 by noon.

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

Any assignment turned in after the due date or due time will automatically forfeit 10 points off the final grade of the assignment.  Illness will not be considered an excuse for not receiving 10 points off the final grade.  Ten points will continue to be deducted from the final grade per day past the original due date.  The group project will be one grade assigned to all students in the group.




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

Attendance Policy: Students who miss 3 or more classes (without a medical release) will forfeit 10 points from their final grade.  After 5 absences the student will be reported to the dean, and the instructor will request that the student be dropped from the class.  Work is not an excused absence. Students who are late on exam dates must provide a signed physician’s note in order to make up the exam.

Other Policies

Students with Disabilities: The instructor will follow the policies of M.W.S.U. regarding students with disabilities.  Students requiring special accommodations should visit the D.S.S. office at the Clark Student Center and provide the course instructor with the appropriate letters and documentation regarding provisions from the D.D.S. office.

Attendance Policy: Students who miss 3 or more classes (without a medical release) will forfeit 10 points from their final grade.  After 5 absences the student will be reported to the dean, and the instructor will request that the student be dropped from the class.  Work is not an excused absence. Students who are late on exam dates must provide a signed physician’s note in order to make up the exam.

Tardiness: Entering the class late (defined as more than 3 minutes after the class is supposed to begin) is considered late and disruptive.  More than 2 recorded late entries will result in a forfeit of five points off the final grade.  More than 3 recorded late entries will result in a referral to the Dean of Students.


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.