Social Work Core Subject: Human service intervention
Welcome to Human Service Intervention.
This course is designed to provide you with some theory frameworks for social work and human service work practice. Through lectures and tutorial activities you will learn the basic concepts from relevant theory and in tutorials you will also have the opportunity to reflect on these and then apply this knowledge.
This course has a practical focus on the development of practice frameworks within which to plan and deliver service to individual clients and more broadly client systems in social work and human service work contexts. The emphasis will be on ensuring that intervention is planned and a clear rationale can be argued for the decisions and professional judgements made throughout the intervention process. A generalist approach to practice is taken in the course and the fundamental and pervasive elements of effective and efficient social work and human service work practice in a range of contexts are covered. The stages of a systematic intervention process are presented and practice imperatives are considered at each stage. Students are encouraged to adopt a reflective orientation to practice and develop resourceful approaches based on sound knowledge of the fundamental theories underpinning practice and the application of core social work and human service work principles.
The course is constructed around three elements of practitioner accountability:
1 the adoptionof a practice stance premised on the application of theoretical knowledge and social work and human service practice principles.
2 the use of sound analytical skills in the collection and interpretation of information.
3 the use of guidelines and frameworks to organise intervention.
This course will be challenging and does require your attendance, attention and commitment. We strongly encourage you to speak with us if you are experiencing any problems with your study and we look forward to working with you this study period and hope you find the course challenging and rewarding.
To enable the students to critically analyse situations for human service intervention and select appropriate practice approaches that reflect knowledge of core human service practice principles.
On completion of this course, students should be able to:
CO1. Articulate and apply knowledge of the theoretical and ethical underpinnings of human service practice
CO2. Critically apply the generalist human service practice approach
CO3. Devise sound and practical intervention plans and analyse the implications of intervention
CO4. Demonstrate cultural competence in applying practise knowledge
CO5. Critique a range of practice approaches and identify appropriate interventions for diverse client situations
CO6. Describe and apply a range of assessment frameworks
A graduate of UniSA:
GQ1. operates effectively with and upon a body of knowledge of sufficient depth to begin professional practice
GQ2. is prepared for life-long learning in pursuit of personal development and excellence in professional practice
GQ3. is an effective problem solver, capable of applying logical, critical, and creative thinking to a range of problems
GQ4. can work both autonomously and collaboratively as a professional
GQ5. is committed to ethical action and social responsibility as a professional and citizen
GQ6. communicates effectively in professional practice and as a member of the community
GQ7. demonstrates international perspectives as a professional and as a citizen
The students will further develop knowledge of the generalist practice context using ethical and cultural competence.
Students will critically analyse various practice perspectives (in particular: strengths and ecosystems
perspectives), principles and theories, crisis intervention grief and loss; intervention frameworks and the
empowerment-based practice process. The application of these practice perspectives will be critiqued through
data collection, engagement, assessment, formulating and implementing intervention strategies, and using evaluation strategies.
You will need continual access to the following text(s) to complete this course. The library does not hold multiple copies of the nominated text books. It is strongly recommended that you purchase the book(s).
Miley, K, O’Melia, M, DuBois, B 2013, Generalist social work practice: an empowering approach, 7th edn, Pearson, USA.
You will need continual access to the following text(s) in order to complete this course. You are required to purchase this text book as we will be using it extensively throught the study period.
Miley, K, O’Melia, M, & Dubois, B 2013, Generalist social work practice, 7th ed. Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
Also highly recommended (but not compulsory) is
Cournoyer, B 2011, The social work skills workbook, 6th edn, Thomson Brooks/Cole, Australia
Cummins, LK, Sevel, JA & Pedrick, L 2012, 3rd edn,pcial Work Skills for Beginning Direct Practice, Pearson, New Jersey.
Hepworth, D, Rooney, R, Rooney, G, Strom-Gottfried, K & Larsen, J 2012, Direct social work practice: theory and skills, 9th ed, Brooks Cole, California.
Rothman, J 2008, Cultural competence in process and practice: building bridges, Allyn & Bacon, MA.
Saleebey, D (ed), 2009, The strengths perspective in social work practice, 5th ed, Allyn & Bacon Boston, MA.
Walsh-Burke, K 2006, Grief and loss: theories and skills for helping professionals, Allyn & Bacon, MA.
AASW – Australian Association of Sociial Workers – http://www.aasw.asn.au
Australian social work journal – online – available via the library catalogue
British Journal of social work – online – available via the library catalogue
Australian human rights and equal opportunity commission http://www.hreoc.gov.au/index.html
Australian Community Workers Association – http://www.acwa.org.au/
Australian Psychological Society – http://www.psychology.org.au/
Assessment #1 – Intervention plan (Graded)
Students will be required to respond to a Case Study (TBA) to write an intervention plan.
Students will demonstrate the ability to:
Critically analyse contextual information
Consistently apply theoretical knowledge
Identify and prioritise problems for work and set a goal/s
Devise a sound intervention plan and analyse the implications of intervention
Demonstrate cultural competence and a consistent strengths and empowerment approach
Write a clear, well structured intervention plan demonstrating ethical professional judgements and decisions using sound written expression