Social Work Practice with Families and Groups Across the Lifespan

This course uses a unifying generalist intervention framework to help students make sense of the breadth and depth of the social work profession. The course integrates human behavior in the social environment theories and constructs across the life course from young adulthood to late adulthood. The unifying framework provides clear guidelines for students about each phase of practice when working with individuals, families, and groups by following a multistep planned change model. The model includes the practice phases of preparation, engagement, assessment, planning/contracting, implementation, evaluation, termination/referral, and follow-up. This approach allows a wide range of flexibility for the application of theories and specific skills. Students will gain a foundation upon which they can continue to add and build skills.

Building on foundational skills introduced in Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities and Social Work Practice with Individuals Across the Lifespan, this course focuses on two of the five client target levels: families and groups. Following the same multistep planned change model used, students will learn how to prepare, engage, assess, plan, implement, evaluate, terminate, and follow-up when working with families and groups. Knowledge and skills that facilitate the development of preventive interventions will be presented. The course targets and promotes the enhancement of political, economic, physical, mental, social, spiritual, and educational well-being.