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SOWK511 Advanced Family Practice

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Critical approaches to family practice and its application in the social services including the active development of professional family practice competence.

Paper title Advanced Family Practice
Paper code SOWK511
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022, expected to be offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,415.75
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Limited to
Admission subject to approval from Head of the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work.

Teaching staff

Coordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Anita Gibbs

Paper Structure
Key topics will include:
  • Key concepts in family practice
  • Theories for family practice
  • Bicultural and indigenous family practice
  • Parenting and family support
  • Managing complex family issues
  • Working in partnership
  • Family practice with older adults
Teaching Arrangements
  • Weekly audioconference or scopia seminars and tutorials over one semester
  • Guest speakers will offer additional input
  • Two compulsory on-campus workshops

No textbooks required for this paper, but readings will be listed as study outlines and will be available on Blackboard.

Course outline
A detailed outline will be provided online at the beginning of the course.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Teamwork, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Learners will have
  • Critically examined family practice theories and frameworks in the national and wider international context
  • Developed critical and reflective skills to understand family problems and to work ethically with families to assist them in the resolution of their problems
  • Reflected on interventions according to theoretically coherent and professionally acceptable models of practice
  • Explored and implemented appropriate indigenous and bicultural frameworks and models

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Not offered in 2022, expected to be offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system