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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 WEL91004 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

  1. Overview of the theory and practice of working with people
  2. Theory for direct social work practice I
  3. Theory for direct social work practice II
  4. Theory for direct social work practice III
  5. Crisis intervention/ task centred social work
  6. Working with involuntary clients
  7. Working with couples
  8. Working with families
  9. Recording in social work practice
  10. Writing court reports and related documents
  11. Communicating in public settings, including court
  12. Creating Frameworks for Practice

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

  • Healy, K, 2014, Social Work Theories in Context: Creating Frameworks for Practice, 2nd edn, Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-1-137-02424-4.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.