Social Work Practice with Individuals 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 throughout the life course from infancy to old age, death, and dying. 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.