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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
During the course of study students will deepen their ability to critically reflect on, as well as use, micro-level theories and methods of social work as part of a planned change process. This will include significant reflections on culture and a focus on identifying and resolving ethical dilemmas in complex practice situations. The paper then covers how to promote service user engagement, both directly and in service design. After engaging service users, the paper outlines how to apply micro-level theories to explain service user problems and create meaningful, change-focused conversations. This paper has been designed to enable students to integrate a range of social work skills and methods for effective practice.
|Paper title||Micro Intervention - Theories and Skills|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1
Semester 1 (On campus)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,610.82|
|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