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Taryn Lindhorst
SOC W 540
Seattle Campus

Advanced Social Work Practice in Health Settings I

Teaches theory and strengths-based practice within interprofessional health care settings from bio-pyschosocial, family systems, multi-cultural, contextual, and lifespan perspectives. Advances skills in conducting assessments and interventions to support individuals and families experiencing pain and loss associated with trauma and acute or chronic illness.

Class description

This advanced health care practice course teaches theory, knowledge and practice skills used by health care social workers in a variety of health care settings. Health is much broader than just the absence of disease, so this course draws on biopsychosocial, ecological, contextual, and multicultural theories to inform our understanding of health. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the role of culture in health, issues of disability and chronic illness, and the implications of the course of illness for social work assessment and care planning.

This course focuses on skill building around theory and strengths based assessment and intervention aimed primarily at the individual and family. Students will be encouraged to think systemically about multi-level aspects of individual health experiences. Specific assessment and intervention strategies related to crisis intervention, behavior change (specifically motivational interviewing) and narrative interventions will be discussed and demonstrated.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Taryn Lindhorst
Date: 09/29/2011