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Tina Aiko Schaefer
SOC W 513
Seattle Campus

Practice IV: Community Change Practice

Provides frame of reference and skills for community-based social work practice. Theories of social change are examined with examples drawn from community organizing and policy advocacy. Offered: Sp.

Class description

This is the second of a two quarter course sequence that prepares students for entry-level macro social work practice. Within these two quarters, students using an anti-oppression lens develop foundational skills in assessment, intervention, and evaluation with groups, organizations, and communities; and in policy construction and implementation. These arenas are viewed as both tools and targets for change efforts. This process is driven by the principles of economic and social justice, multiculturalism, and anti-oppression practice and requires social workers to become critical thinkers and reflective practitioners engaged in and capable of facilitating an action-oriented model that reflects social work’s core values. The course will cover the role of social workers as change agents within organizations, critically assess the cultural, functional and structural aspects of organizations, plan and implement interventions at the organizational and systemic levels, and evaluate interventions at the organizational and systemic levels.

Student learning goals

This course targets the following SSW foundation competencies and related practice behaviors: Competency #1: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct one-self accordingly. 1d. Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication. Competency #2: Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice. 2b. Apply ethical reasoning strategies to arrive at principled, informed, and culturally responsive decisions. Competency # 3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments. 3b. Critically analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation, especially in relation to their cultural relevance and applicability, and promotion of social justice. Competency #4: Engage diversity and difference in practice. 4b. Develop and demonstrate sufficient critical self-awareness to understand the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups. Competency #5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice. 5c. Engage in practices that address disparities and inequalities and advance social and economic justice. Competency #7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment. 7b. Critique and apply these theories and frameworks to assessment, intervention, and evaluation at multiple system. Competency #8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services. 8b. Collaborate with colleagues, clients/constituents, and other actors to advocate for social and economic justice to effect policy change. Competency #9: Respond to contexts that shape practice. 9a. Continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide culturally relevant services. Competency #10: Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Engagement: 10a. Effectively prepare for engagement with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in the context of diverse and multidisciplinary settings. 10b. Use listening, empathy and other interpersonal skills to establish respectful rapport and engagement with diverse populations in diverse contexts. 10c. Develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes with clients/constituents. 10d. Affirm and engage the strengths of individuals, families, organizations & communities. Assessment: 10e. Collect, organize, and interpret client/constituent/system data. 10f. Assess client/constituent/system strengths, stressors, and limitations. 10g. Identify and select appropriate and culturally responsive intervention strategies. Intervention: 10h. Initiate actions to achieve client/constituent/organizational goals. 10j. Help and empower clients/constituents to resolve problems. Evaluation: 10m. Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions.

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Last Update by Kelly A Hoeft
Date: 12/10/2013