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Interpersonal communication and counselling skills are examined using a social work process framework with an emphasis on cultural and strengths perspectives. Skill development must be demonstrated and a pass obtained to progress to fieldwork placements.
The skills course is designed to identify and build the interviewing skills that are generic to any social work field of practice. Throughout the year students will have the opportunity to read about, observe, discuss and demonstrate practice skills within the framework of the social work process. The practice skills course prepares students for the two fieldwork placements in the final year of the degree programme and is an opportunity for students to develop their interpersonal communication in relation to work with individuals, families and work in the community.This course employs a range of teaching techniques including lecture, role plays, video work, and practice exercises. There will be homework exercises, LEARN postings and readings to complete between block courses.
To identify and use the micro- skills required for work with individuals, families and in the community. To provide an overview of the social work process.To practice social work micro-skills using role plays.To establish the role and tasks of social work through case scenarios and observation.To engage with and understand ethical dimensions of practiceTo establish links between social work theory and practice. To engage with, understand and apply cultural dimensions into practice with particular reference to work with Māori and PasifikaTo prepare students for placements in the final year.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Any 240 points at 100 and 200 level from the Schedule C and E of the BSW(Hons). Head of Department approval mandatory.
SOWK301. For students undertaking part time study, SOWK301 together with SOWK308, must be completed in the last two years of study.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
This course includes weekly online discussion and readings between block courses.
Maidment, J., Egan, R., Tudor, R. & Nipperess, S. (2022). Practice Skills in Social Work and Welfare.More than just common sense (4th edition). Routledge.This book is not currently in the UC library but is available in book storesIt is a requirement that you bring the above text to all skills sessions.Additional readings for skills sessions will be posted progressively on LEARN throughout the year.
Domestic fee $1,641.00
International fee $7,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
Maximum enrolment is 40
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Language, Social and Political Sciences