SOWK12008 - Theories of Change for Professional Practice I
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit presents the most contemporary theories that inform change-oriented professional practice including the history of psycho-dynamic approaches to human behaviour, crisis intervention and task-centred theory, cognitive-behavioural theory, attachment theory, and humanism, existentialism, and spirituality. The focus of this unit is on the application of this knowledge to the micro system of professional and individual client and the critical analysis of social work interventions and their effectiveness. Students should be able to analyse social theories to social work referral contexts.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

SOWK11015 Professional Communication in Human Services. or SOWK11012 Introduction to Social Work A and SOWK11013 Introduction to Social Work B.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Evaluation

Term 1 - 2015: The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this unit was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 72% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students want to hear me speaking more frequently. Course evaluations Develpment of new streams addressing the core concepts of each theory presented in the course.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Compare and contrast the philosophical assumptions, ideologies and theoretical perspectives that have informed the profession of social work through time
  2. Analyse social theories and apply the theories to social work referral contexts
  3. Apply professional values and ethics to practice contexts
  4. Apply the philosophies, ideologies, and theories of social work to their emerging professional practice framework
  5. Analyse their performance from feedback drawn from their involvement in professional learning contexts

This unit addresses components of Practice Standard Objectives (2003): 1,2,3 and 6

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy        
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence        
7. Cross Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment

Prescribed Textbooks

Modern Social Work Theory
Author/s: Payne, M. Year: 2014
Edition: 4th edn Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
City: Basingstoke
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Windows Media Player or Quicktime
  • Computer with microphone and headphones
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorShirley Ledger (s.ledger@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Orientation to the course.

  • Ensure that you have read the course profile thoroughly.
  • Check every drop down box in the course profile.
  • Check you have Windows Media Player or Quicktime loaded to your computer. Contact servicedesk@cqu.edu.au for assistance.
  • View the all audio-visual streams loaded to the Moodle site at the 'Streams' section.
  • Open every link at the course Moodle as additional important information is sometimes hidden.
  • Review Assessment Tasks and post your first questions for clarification or learning.
Week 2 13-03-2017

Flexible learning

This course is based on the philosophy of Community-Focussed Learning or problem-based learning. This course does not have a weekly study schedule as this is not the way professional learning occurs in the 'real world'.

This course is designed on the principles of flexible learning meaning you have choices about where you start and finish your learning.

The course comprises five modules that can be explored in any order:

-Psychodynamic Theory;

-Cognitive-Behavioural Theory;

-Crisis Intervention theory;

-Attachment theory; and

-Humanism, Existentialism, and Spirituality

Removing Weeks 1 & 12 from your study schedule, this means that while the amount of time you devote to each module may vary; a fortnight of readings and study could be devoted to each.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Zoom sessions held to discuss case studies and theory integration

Week 4 27-03-2017

Zoom sessions held to discuss case studies and theory integration

Week 5 03-04-2017
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017
Week 7 24-04-2017
Assessment task # 1: Theoretical hunches: Analysing the life circumstances of an individual client - 1500 words Due Friday (28 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017
Week 9 08-05-2017
Week 10 15-05-2017
Week 11 22-05-2017
Week 12 29-05-2017
Assessment task# 2 In-service session Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment task # 1: Theoretical hunches: Analysing the life circumstances of an individual client - 1500 words
Task Description

Purpose

This assessment task will assist you to step out the beginning phase of a client assessment with a focus on theory integration.

Role and Context

You are a social work student who has been placed in a human service organisation for your first placement. Your social work supervisor has advised that it is your responsibility to be prepared for weekly individual or group supervision sessions. Supervision provides an opportunity for professional discussion about your practice and developing skills and knowledge. Using the client referral information provided in moodle, you will submit a detailed written analysis of the life circumstances of the client in preparation for your supervision session prior to your first appointment.

An appendix is to be included which will include a series of notes that contain your initial hunches, ideas and hypothesis demonstrating your process of assessment. This may also include any post online zoom session reflections or thoughts. The format for the appendix can be of your choosing. This may include visual aides, thought clouds, tables, notes and diagrams etc.

Task Description

  1. You will select (1) of the case studies provided in moodle to focus your analysis of the life circumstances of the individual client.
  2. Online zoom group sessions will be held online in week 3/4 of term to discuss your thoughts, impressions, responses and hunches related to the case study. This session will mirror a group supervision session and it is advisable to participate in at least one session in order to incorporate feedback into your final submission. You will not be graded on the zoom session.
  3. Select any (2) theories presented in the course and discuss how your assessment and your understanding of the client's life circumstances have been informed by these theories. How do the theories assist you to plan for the first appointment? The following are some prompts to assist you however you are strongly encouraged to add your own original ideas or the outcomes of individual research, discussion and reflection.

The (2) selected theories should assist you to discuss :

  • hypotheses or hunches about what might be occurring for the client based on the referral information provided
  • hypotheses or thoughts/hunches about some of the topic that may arise in your first face-to-face contact
  • explanations about how the client has come into the service, and how services assist and or hinder the client issue
  • any other practice issues the theory may help predict.

You may use headings to organise your ideas and present client information.

NB: Do not invest effort trying to ‘match’ the ‘right theory’ with a client referral. Every theory presented in the course has the capacity to guide your ideas, hypotheses, explanations or predictions about every client referral presented. The one exception is crisis. Wherever this is assessed to be occurring, to ensure the safety of clients and others, theories and frameworks for crisis intervention are a non-negotiable starting point. Logistics: Referral information about several clients will be loaded to the Moodle site for this course under the heading ‘Referral information’ on the first day of term. You will have a number of referral scenarios to choose from.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria

  • Use of theoretical concepts informing hypotheses, explanations and predictions about the issues faced by an individual client 10 marks
  • Use of examples that demonstrate the application of one micro theoretical concept to initial contact with an individual client 10 marks
  • Use of examples that demonstrate the application of one macro theoretical concept to initial contact with an individual client 10 marks
  • Adherence to instructions and teaching input provided through discussion at Moodle for the duration of the term 10 marks
  • Accuracy of spelling, grammar, proof reading and professional presentation 5 marks
  • Breadth and quality of material evident in final reference list 5 marks

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Create your own coversheet which must contain: your name, student number, and word count excluding reference lists and appendices. 1500 words (10% allowance under or over word count is acceptable). Penalties will be applied for late submissions.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Compare and contrast the philosophical assumptions, ideologies and theoretical perspectives that have informed the profession of social work through time

2. Analyse social theories and apply the theories to social work referral contexts

3. Apply professional values and ethics to practice contexts

4. Apply the philosophies, ideologies, and theories of social work to their emerging professional practice framework

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment task# 2 In-service session
Task Description

Focus: How might some theories assist understanding issues faced by mandatory clients and professional responses of engagement and rapport building?

Role: Imagine you are a graduate social worker employed in an organisation of your choice where a multidisciplinary team is the platform of your service delivery.

Context: Through the year, different professionals volunteer to present a topic on professional practice referred to as ‘in-service sessions’ geared toward the professional development of teams. You have identified emerging difficulties that other workers have been speaking about in relation to clients who are mandated (required by legislation and court orders/scheduling) to make contact for professional service.

You are free to choose a service required to receive mandated clients meaning you will need to identify, research, and understand the jurisdiction and roles of organisations in an actual community of your choice that have the authority for directing people to attend. The following examples of legislation containing mandatory orders will direct you to some of these human service organisations. You are free to choose others.

Queensland legislation can be located at http://www.qld.gov.au. You can select legislation relevant to your state of residence however please reference correctly.

-The Mental Health Act (See among others S17 (a-c) and SS499-501

-The Child Protection Act 1999 (See among others S61(A) and S98 (1) & (2))

-The Juvenile Justice Act 1992 (See among others SS175-182)

Australian legislation can be located at http://www.comlaw.gov.au/

-The Aged Care Act 1997

You have heard conversations in the staff room about clients’ attitudes and behaviours, patterns of delegating those referrals to some professionals and not others, the wastage of public funds due to client drop out rates and breaches of orders, and overt verbal attacks from clients on staff members in public areas of the organisation such as the waiting room.

You have been asked by your team leader, who is a social worker, to deliver an in-service session providing a social work perspective on the topic of engaging with mandated clients. You have been briefed to provide two aspects to this presentation:

1. Adopt at least one (1) theoretical position to help explain and respond to client behaviours from the following choices:

· humanism, existentialism and spirituality

· cognitive-behavioural theory

· pychodynamic theory

2. Link the ideas contained in these theories to practical strategies for professional engagement with involuntary and/or mandated clients.

3. Based on the location of the service (you choose) one section must be devoted to practise issues associated with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and the largest culturally and linguistically diverse population in that statistical area (see Community Profiles at the ABS).

Product/performance: Your outcome will include:

1. A sequence of Powerpoint slides (500 words max i.e. key words and concepts. The Powerpoint slides are excluded from final word count).

2. Accompanying commentary/notes which would be used as reference material for speaking (no more than 2000 words official word count). The notes can either be located in the 'notes' section of the PPT slides OR submitted separately as a word document titled 'Speakers Notes and Commentary'. The speaker notes / commentary should be written in full sentences using appropriate scholarly conventions. A series of 'dot points' is not sufficient.

3. E-copies of handouts copy you believe necessary. These will not be included in the word count.

4. Reference list to be distributed to attendees (accurate application of Author Date referencing style)

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria

  • Application of theoretical concepts informing hypotheses, explanations and predictions about contact with mandated clients
  • Use of examples that demonstrate the application of theoretical concepts to engagement and rapport building with an individual client
  • Ability to apply and adjust theoretical concepts for cross-cultural competence with Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse people
  • Adherence to instructions and teaching input provided through discussion at Moodle for the duration of the term
  • Accuracy of spelling, grammar, proofing and professional presentation
  • Adherence to author-date referencing system
  • Breadth and quality of material evident in final reference list
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Analyse social theories and apply the theories to social work referral contexts

3. Apply professional values and ethics to practice contexts

4. Apply the philosophies, ideologies, and theories of social work to their emerging professional practice framework

5. Analyse their performance from feedback drawn from their involvement in professional learning contexts

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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