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SW 650 Foundations of Social Work Practice I

The first of a two-course sequence, this foundation practice course is designed to provide  students with an integrative framework that combines direct practice with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities.  

Content in this generalist course stresses the strengths, capacities and resources of client systems and incorporates core concepts from social work practice theory, methods and techniques.  Students are taught the skills to develop appropriate client-worker relationships and how to facilitate psychosocial data collection and assessment.  Knowledge for culturally competent practice at the micro, mezzo and macro level will be stressed.  An additional focus will be on increasing the students’ knowledge and sensitivity to specific vulnerable populations and traditionally oppressed groups.  Students will learn to identify, analyze and implement evidenced-based intervention and to evaluate outcomes and practice effectiveness.