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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Engages students with  knowledge and skills for working in groups and teams. The interdisciplinary context of social work is examined and students gain skills in work in collaboration with other professionals and disciplines. Students learn to conceptualise groups and communities and to critique community development models and practices.  

Unit content

1. Identifying groups and teams in social work practice: purpose, roles and functions.

2. Doing group work: promoting self advocacy, psycho educational groups, support groups and therapeutic groups.  

3. Working in teams: interdisciplinary practice and the social work perspective. Care teams in child and family practice. The 'team around the child' in out of home care. 

4. Conceptualising  communities and the role of social work. Principles and dimensions of human rights and community development. 

5. Decolonising social work practice in communities.

6. Consulting diverse communities, developing an understanding of  community development models. 

 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 describe the purpose and theoretical underpinnings of a range of groups in social work practice
2 demonstrate an understanding of the social worker's role in establishing, enabling and facilitating a range of service user groups including self advocacy , support, psycho-educational and therapeutic groups
3 bring a social work perspective to a range of interdisciplinary team settings, including care team approaches in child and family practice
4 apply a community development framework to a complex community issue, in a culturally safe manner
5 articulate the principles and dimensions of human rights and community development in decolonised social work practice

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the purpose and theoretical underpinnings of a range of groups in social work practice
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the social worker's role in establishing, enabling and facilitating a range of service user groups including self advocacy , support, psycho-educational and therapeutic groups
  3. bring a social work perspective to a range of interdisciplinary team settings, including care team approaches in child and family practice
  4. apply a community development framework to a complex community issue, in a culturally safe manner
  5. articulate the principles and dimensions of human rights and community development in decolonised social work practice