Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Social Work
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Uschi Bay


This unit introduces students to direct social work practice with individuals. It examines the nature and definition of direct social work practice; examines some of the value-based and contentious issues in social work practice; considers some of the theories which have influenced direct social work practice; and examines a problem solving model for working with individuals. It also provides an opportunity for students to apply social work skills in small group class exercises and role-plays.


At the conclusion of this course students will be able to:

  1. articulate the nature of direct social work practice (casework) and how it differs from other forms of interpersonal helping;

  1. apply a range of social work practice theories, models and research findings to particular case situations;

  1. identify and debate controversial issues in direct social work practice;

  1. identify the basic elements of the casework process including assessment, the relationship, and the problem solving process; and

  1. demonstrate through role - played interviews their ability to apply social work skills and interventions.


A class examination or essay (2 hours): 50%
Role play: 10%
Analysis of role play (1,800 words): 40%Students must gain 50 percent for theory (examination or essay) and 50 percent for practice (role play and analysis of role play) and practice sections in order to pass this unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Social Work units are available only within the context of the Bachelor of Social Work degree, or with permission.