Uses micro-level social work perspectives and theories to critically analyse cases and develop micro-level skills informed by key theoretical traditions. Case studies include child, youth and family scenarios
This paper offers advanced application of interpersonal theories, develops intervention skills and explores current issues in practice with children and families in social work settings.
During the course of study, students will develop their ability to critically reflect on, and utilise, micro level social work theories. This will include significant critical analysis of theories through the lens of differing epistemologies, Māori and non-Māori worldviews, and anti-oppressive practice. Drawing on the pou of strengths, Kaupapa Māori and trauma perspectives, the paper first explores engagement as the critical first phase of practice. It then moves on to develop skills in using micro theories to explain service user problems, create plans for change and engage service users in helpful conversations. This paper is designated to promote evidence and theory-led skills, utilisng problem-based learning to emphasise real-world application.
|Paper title||Micro Intervention - Theories and Skills|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1
Semester 1 (On campus)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,655.16|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- SOWK 552
- SOWK 402
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- Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Emily Keddell
- Paper Structure
There are two compulsory workshops for this paper - one at the start and one at the end of semester.
Milner, J., Myers, S. & and O’Byrne, P. (2020). Assessment in Social Work, 5th edition. Palgrave McMillan.
- Course outline
- A course outline will be made available at the commencement of study.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Critical thinking.
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- Learning Outcomes
Upon successfully completing this paper students will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical understanding of the social work tasks of assessment and intervention in micro settings.
- Apply the ethical, cultural and relational components of practice to micro social work contexts.
- Use skills associated with micro-level theories of intervention.