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School of Social Work (2006/2007)
9 Course Descriptions

In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, the course descriptions for courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Director of the School.

All courses of the School are designated by SCWK.

2510

Social Policy Formulation and Analysis

examines and applies concepts of ecological systems, social responsibility, socioeconomic well-being, prevention, and other social policy and administration concepts to policy analysis and formulation.

CR: the former SCWK 2710

2700

Social Work Philosophy and Practice

provides an overview of the historical development, philosophical orientation, basic values, principles and knowledge base, and fields of practice of the profession.

3211

Human Behaviour and Social Environment: Individuals and Families

is the first foundation course that addresses a number of social and behavioral theories and concepts and considers them within the context of major schools of thought for understanding human behaviour and development from a social work perspective. The primary focus is on how theories and information guide social work interventions with individuals and families.

PR: Psychology 2010, 2011, and 2012 or Psychology 2025 and 2012

3220

Human Behaviour and Social Environment: Groups and Society

is the second foundation course, normally taught concurrently with Social Work 3211, that addresses a number of social, economic, political and behavioral theories and concepts from a social work perspective. The primary focus is on how these theories and information guide social work interventions with society and social groups.

PR: Psychology 2010, 2011, and 2012 or Psychology 2025 and 2012

3230

Cultural Camp

- inactive course.

3310

Introduction to Forensic and Police Interviewing

is designed to teach applied skills for police and forensic interviewing. Content includes general skills of relationship building and interviewing to enable reliable and valid information to be obtained, as well as to help stabilize crises and reduce risks in dangerous situations. The course includes specific content on interviewing victims, witnesses, suspects, offenders and other collaterals. The course will also introduce the student to interviewing difficult persons such as those experiencing crisis or trauma and those who are impaired or who have mental health problems. Students are tested on both knowledge and practice skills related to police and forensic interviewing.

PR: admission to the Diploma in Police Studies

3320

Social Work Practice: Interviewing and Professional Communication

provides practical application of the theories covered in these courses. This course introduces students to the use of professional relationships, communication and interviewing skills. Attention is given to the development of self-awareness, beginning counselling skills and professional identity.

CO: SCWK 3211 and 3220

3321

Biopsychosocial Assessment: Individuals and Families in Community Context

focuses on the development and application of self awareness and theoretical learning with beginning practice skills. Developing awareness of and an ability to apply anti-oppressive practice stance and values in the creation of a biopsychosocial assessment will be emphasized. Upon completion of this course, it is expected that students will be able to conduct and write a biopsychosocial assessment.

CR: the former SCWK 4310

PR: SCWK 3211, 3220, and 3320

3421

The Process of Change: Middle and End Phase Interventions

introduces students to the concept and process of change at both the micro and macro levels of social work practice. This course focuses on the theories, concepts, and skills that enable the social worker to take informed professional action in the middle and end phases of intervention to facilitate positive change.

CO: SCWK 3321

PR: SCWK 3211, 3220, and 3320

3510

Health and Social Policy Analysis: National and Provincial Programs

considers how Canadians have taken social responsibility at National, Provincial, and local levels, with particular reference to Newfoundland. Policies, programs and their organizations are considered in historical, comparative and developmental contexts. Concepts for the assessment and evaluation of policies and programs are reviewed and applied.

CR: the former SCWK 3110 and 4111

PR: SCWK 2510

3511

Aboriginal People and Social Policy

- inactive course

3530

Aboriginal Social Development

- inactive course

4300

Social Work Internship I

provides students within a supervised field experience with opportunities to apply theory learned in the classroom and applied to clients in social work agencies. By the end of fourth year field students will have begun to develop their professional use of self in working with a variety of people. They will have shown beginning knowledge and skills in the application of a planned intervention process in working in a logical orderly and purposeful way with different kinds of client systems. Normally, the internship occurs in the Fall semester of the fourth year and students spend four days a week, twenty-eight hours in the internship.

CH: 12

CO: SCWK 4311

CR: the former SCWK 4315, 4316, 4325, and 4326

PR: completion of all required third year courses

4311

Social Work Practice: Counselling and Case Management with Individuals and Families in a Community Context

is an intervention course which focuses on selected models of practice with individuals and families. Students are introduced to methods and skills derived from a number of theories as applied to social work with an emphasis on work with individuals. Attention will be given to building awareness of links between theory and practice. This course may have a required laboratory period that is in addition to class time. The distance version of the course may include workshops held outside the area in which students are completing an internship.

CO: SCWK 4300

CR: the former SCWK 4310

PR: SCWK 3211, 3220, 3320, 3321, 3421, and 3510

4320

Social Work Practice: Counselling and Case Management with Groups and Communities

is an intervention course where students are introduced to methods and skills derived from a number of theories as applied to social work with groups and communities with a special emphasis on groups. This course builds directly on constructs and theories introduced in Social Work 4311. This course may have a required laboratory period that is in addition to class time. The distance version of the course may include workshops that may be held outside the area in which students are completing an internship.

PR: SCWK 4311

4421

Research and Evaluation for Social Work Practice

is designed to teach theories, concepts and methods of systematic inquiry. Emphasis is placed on the philosophy and logic of systematic inquiry. These emphases are considered within the context of the relationship between systematic inquiry and professional judgement and action.

CR: the former SCWK 4420

PR: completion of all required third year courses

4520

Management and Organization Development for Community Services

examines human service organizations and their administration. Management and Organizational Concepts, suitable for the administration of social policies and programs, are addressed, as are ethical and ideological issues for social workers on human service teams. A focus on beginning skills in program planning and continuous quality improvement is included.

PR: SCWK 2510 and 3510

4610

Social Work in Health and Rehabilitation

focuses on social work practice in institutional and community settings serving acutely or chronically ill, or permanently disabled persons. It is constructed around a comprehensive model of health, illness, and associated psychosocial factors. Theoretical and service delivery issues are addressed, including social work participation in multidisciplinary teams.

CR: the former SCWK 5610

PR: SCWK 3320, 3321, and 3421

4612

Social Work in Corrections

examines criminal and delinquent activities and the provision of services to adult and young offenders. Theories of criminal behaviour are examined and their implications for social work practice addressed.

CR: the former SCWK 5612

PR: SCWK 3320, 3321, and 3421

4614

Social Work in Family and Child Welfare: Prevention, Crisis Intervention and Protection

examines the rights of children, their needs, specific programs and research findings in child welfare service with particular emphasis on the care and protection of children within a community context. Social work interventions with problems such as child abuse, and other forms of couple and family violence and families experiencing complex problems are addressed.

PR: SCWK 3320, 3321, and 3421

4615

Social Work in Gerontology

reviews ageing from a biopsychosocial perspective and examines selected problems of older people in Canadian society, with an emphasis on contemporary Newfoundland and Labrador. Federal and Provincial social policies are considered with specific attention given to community services and programs of institutional care.

CR: the former SCWK 5615

PR: SCWK 3320, 3321, and 3421

4616

Social Work in Addictions

introduces the problem of modifying chemical use and abuse, its effect on individuals and families throughout the lifecycle, and community responses for prevention and addiction problem management. Social work intervention with individuals, families, groups and communities suffering from the effects of addiction problems is addressed. Skills are tested through a demonstration in a simulation context.

PR: SCWK 3320, 3321, and 3421

4617

Social Work in Residential Care

- inactive course

5000

Relapse Prevention in Addictions Counselling

- inactive course

5010

Addictions Counselling with Families

- inactive course

5020

Group Counselling in Addictions

- inactive course

5030

Clinical Consultation in Addictions

- inactive course

5031

Clinical Internship in Addictions

- inactive course

5112

Family Law for Social Workers

- inactive course

5211

Social Work Practice With Problems and Issues of Human Sexuality

- inactive course

5220-5229

Selected Topics in Human Behaviour and the Social Environment

may be offered by the School. Students should consult the School for course offerings listed under selected topics in a given semester.

5300

Social Work Internship II

is a supervised field experience that builds on knowledge and skills acquired in the fourth year internship with an emphasis on independent work activity. Emphasis is on the in-depth development of the basic skills of practice with client systems of any size - individuals, families, small groups, organizations and communities; including conscious use of major social work roles and evidence of growth towards independent professional judgement. This internship occurs normally during the winter semester of the fifth year of the program and students spend five days a week, thirty-five hours in the internship placement.

CH: 15

CR: the former SCWK 5315, 5316, 5317, 5318, and 5319

PR: completion of all required and elective fourth and fifth year courses

UL: not applicable to the former Bachelor of Social Work as a Second Degree program

5301

Social Work Internship II

is a supervised field experience that builds on knowledge and skills acquired through the fourth year field experience and the student's prior work experience with an emphasis on independent work activity. Emphasis is on the in-depth development of the basic skills for practice with client systems of any size - individuals, families, small groups, organizations and communities; including conscious use of major social work roles and evidence of growth towards independent professional judgement. This internship occurs normally during the spring semester of the program and students spend four days a week, twenty-eight hours in the internship placement.

CH: 12

CR: the former SCWK 5315, 5316, 5217 and 5318

PR: SCWK 4311, 4300 and 4320

UL: applicable only to the former Bachelor of Social Work as a Second Degree program

5320-5321

Selected Topics in Social Work Practice

may be offered by the School. Students should consult the School for course offerings listed under selected topics in a given semester.

5322

Community Development

emphasizes theory and practice of Community Organizing (CO) and Community Development (CD). Ethical dilemmas, legitimacy, accountability and the roles and responsibilities of the worker are examined. Urban, rural and cultural differences are considered in pursuit of the role of effective organizing and development work.

PR: SCWK 4300 and 4320

5323

Social Work With Groups

focuses on the group as a primary unit of analysis and intervention. Group work practice is examined from a variety of orientations, including therapy, self-help, and organization groups. Students are expected to participate in structured group experiences.

PR: SCWK 4300 and 4320

5324

Selected Topics in Social Work Practice

may be offered by the School. Students should consult the School for course offerings listed under selected topics in a given semester.

5325

Family Counselling and Therapy

prepares students to offer direct service to families and to maintain a family focused practice in a variety of settings. Assessment and intervention skills, and family therapy concepts are addressed. Emphasis is given to nuclear, divorced, blended, and single parent family structures.

PR: SCWK 4300 and 4320

5326

Selected Topics in Social Work Practice

may be offered by the School. Students should consult the School for course offerings listed under selected topics in a given semester.

5327

Interdisciplinary Course on Family Violence

(same as Nursing 5327) focuses on physical, emotional, and sexual violence throughout the life cycle of the family. Issues of family violence will be addressed using an interdisciplinary framework with emphasis on understanding the nature and impact of family violence, incorporating gender and socio-cultural analysis. Emphasis will be given to causal explanations, common patterns, and short and long-term effects of abuse and on the roles of health professionals in prevention and treatment.

CR: Nursing 5327

PR: SCWK 4300 or Nursing 3001 and Nursing 3501, or consent of instructor

5328

Social Work Practice in Child Abuse: From Protection to Prevention

further develops the student's knowledge and skills necessary for prevention, assessment, crisis intervention, apprehension, family reunification, community consultation and community response, in the interest of child protection. Content includes research and best practices informing policy, assessments and standards of practice related to child maltreatment, with special reference to: child sex abuse, physical abuse, emotional neglect and abuse, physical and medical neglect, exploitation, inadequate caretaking, and exposure to violence. This course may include a skills testing component.

PR: SCWK 4300

5329

Biopsychosocial Assessment in Addictions

- inactive course

5420

Social Work Research and Evaluation: Collecting and Analyzing Data

- inactive course

5421-5429

Selected Topics in Social Work Research

may be offered. Students should consult the School for course offerings listed under selected topics in a given semester.

5520-5521

Selected Topics in Health and Social Policy

5522

Feminist Perspectives on Policy and Practice

examines social policies and social services as they affect women in our society. Specific emphasis is placed on women as providers and consumers of social services. Issues related to feminist practice are examined.

CR: the former SCWK 5122

5523

International Social Welfare

CR: the former SCWK 5121

5524-5529

Selected Topics in Health and Social Policy

5610-5612

Selected Fields of Practice

5613

Social Work in Mental Health

provides an overview of the field of Mental Health. Social Work responsibilities are examined in relation to formal and informal mechanisms that bear on an individual's entry into mental illness, explanations of mental illness, the role of institutions, types of treatment, community mental health advocacy and return to the community.

PR: SCWK 3320, 3321, and 3421

5614

Social Work in Rural Newfoundland and Labrador

examines the practice of rural and northern social work from the perspective of rural Newfoundland and Labrador. The practice of social work in rural and northern communities requires a unique adaptation of social work theory and practice. Due to the limited resources in isolated communities the social worker or human service professional is called upon to utilize specific social work skills.

PR: SCWK 3320, 3321, 3421

5615-5619

Selected Fields of Practice

5720

Seminar on Professional Issues and Interdisciplinary Practice

is an integrative study of current professional trends and issues in contention. Dilemmas and tasks in professionalism; such as, contending values; relations among disciplines.

PR: SCWK 4300

5820-5829

Directed Readings

may be given to senior students to pursue individual studies not duplicative of other studies.

PR: consent of Director

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).