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This course provides the foundation for social work with individuals and families. Utilizing frameworks such as ecosystemic theory, cultural context, and a developmental lens, students learn basic concepts and methods for engagement, assessment, and intervention. Students also learn basic skills for evaluating interventions and reflecting on the social worker's professional role and use of self in clinical relationships with individuals and families.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify reflective skills and facilitate self-assessment of values and core beliefs as relevant to engagement with individuals and families. (G1b)(G2e)
  2. Develop a critical understanding of the potential impact of diverse developmental experiences (G2b)
  3. Compare theories of clinical practice. (C2b)
  4. Articulate basic tenets of clinical social work theoretical models as they apply to engagement with individuals and families. (G6b)
  5. Practice basic social work methods and techniques for responsively and effectively engaging with both individuals and families across a diverse range of communities and contexts. (G6c)(G2c)

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MSW 600 History and Philosophy of Social Work and Social Welfare

Learn more about the coursework in the Advanced Standing and Traditional tracks of the online Master of Social Work from Saint Mary's. Call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor or request more information.