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Gold Coast Session 2 Session 2
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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Builds on skills and knowledge gained in Social Work Direct Practice I. Examines effective communication within specific contexts and modes of practice, including crisis intervention, relationship counselling and family therapy. Develops skills in writing for social work practice.

Unit content

Topic 1. Communicating with couples and families
Topic 2. Communicating effectively with involuntary clients
Topic 3. Counselling perspectives, including. strengths perspective, psychodynamic approaches, cognitive-behavioural therapy, narrative therapy
Topic 4. Crisis intervention
Topic 5. Relationship counselling
Topic 6. Family therapy
Topic 7. Recording in casework, case management and counselling
Topic 8. Writing court reports and related documents
Topic 9. Communicating in public settings, including court

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 explain the necessary communication principles and skills to work in particular social work contexts and modes of practice, such as crisis intervention, relationship counselling, and family therapy
2 critically evaluate different practice theories relevant to particular social work contexts and modes of practice, such as strengths perspective, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and narrative therapy
3 demonstrate effective communication skills in working with involuntary clients and their partners or families
4 demonstrate effective written communication skills for social work practice in a range of settings.

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

  1. explain the necessary communication principles and skills to work in particular social work contexts and modes of practice, such as crisis intervention, relationship counselling, and family therapy
    • GA4:
  2. critically evaluate different practice theories relevant to particular social work contexts and modes of practice, such as strengths perspective, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and narrative therapy
    • GA4:
  3. demonstrate effective communication skills in working with involuntary clients and their partners or families
    • GA6:
  4. demonstrate effective written communication skills for social work practice in a range of settings.
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.