1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
1 SOAD1008 - Reasons for Social Work
2 1 of SOAD1014, SOAD1013
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Enrolment not permitted
1 of SOAD3100A, SOAD3104 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Introductory level studies in social work and social planning
Portfolio, Practical, Reflective piece
Topic description
This topic focuses on the core elements social work practice. It introduces students to the knowledge and skills needed to engage effectively with individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities in their first field education placement. Students will develop an understanding of the 'core conditions' of the helping relationship. They will practice 'tuning in', active listening, questioning, verbal and non-verbal communication and structuring an interview. Students will learn about the social work process of engagement, assessment, planning, intervention, ending and evaluation. They will practice recording and managing information, and critically reflecting on social work interviews.
Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce students to the knowledge and skills needed to relate effectively with individuals, families, groups, organisations, and communities
  • Develop students' understanding of fields and organisational contexts of social work and professional practice within these contexts
  • Identify different phases of social work intervention
  • Introduce a basic ethical and professional framework of practice
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Integrate the necessary knowledge and skills to initiate and build therapeutic alliance
  2. Conduct a social work interview with individuals in a manner that demonstrates beginning level capabilities
  3. Apply the social work process of engagement, assessment, planning, intervention, ending and evaluation
  4. Integrate ethical and professional considerations and skills while recording and managing information
  5. Critically reflect on own social work practice

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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