Social Work 422

SOWK 422: Interventive Methods II: Working with Individuals and Families

Prerequisites: SOWK 300 and SOWK 301; Admission to SOWK Major

Credit Hours: (3)

Integrates the student’s knowledge base in human behavior in the social environment with specific skills needed to work with individuals, couples and families. Students gain both theoretical and experiential knowledge.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

This course is the second of four courses which make up the practice component of the social work curriculum. Social work and human service practitioners need to utilize professional knowledge and skills in helping individuals, couples, and families cope with and/or solve psychosocial problems and improve social functioning. This course emphasizes skill development in working with micro-systems: individuals, couples and families.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course will be taught using the format of lecture/discussion and lab work. Students will be expected to participate in in-class discussion, activities and roleplays as well as outside projects.


Goals and Objectives of Course

1. To provide information about the relationship between the ethics of the social work profession and clinical practice.
2. To introduce the concepts and techniques consistent with a systems theoretical perspective.
3. To demonstrate the use of beginning skills in assessing and intervening relative to interpersonal problems.
4. To heighten awareness of each student's unique blend of strengths and challenges relative to building therapeutic alliances with clients.
5. To offer an opportunity for students to experience simulated situations of clinical social work with clients.


Assessment Measures

All assignments are required of all students and will be equally weighted. These include the following:

  • Annotated Bibliography 30%
  • Videotape, Analysis of 30%
  • Videotape and Presentation
  • Final Paper 30%
  • Participation 10%

Participation refers to the expectations that students will attend all classes and that they will come to class having done the assigned reading and thus will be prepared to participate meaningfully in all discussions, roleplays, and other activities. Participation can make a difference of a whole letter grade when you have not quite reached the higher grade.


Review and Approval

Revised, April 23, 2013

September 2001 Updated Marilyn Rigby

Revised 2/5/09