12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Social Work or the Human Services stream of the Bachelor of Health Sciences.
This unit covers child, adolescent and adult development with an emphasis on the development of resilience across the life course. A particular focus is on relevant contextual factors at individual, family, community and societal levels that impede or enhance development. The unit includes a social work practice theory section that provides an orientation to the theory of direct social work practice with individuals and families focusing on one to one work with individuals and on working with family groups. The unit has a skills component that includes assessment, engagement and the development of intervention strategies through the use of role plays, case studies.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Explain the specific developmental needs that arise in childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
- Outline the biopsychosocial model of child, adolescent and adult development in relation to relevant contextual factors.
- Analyse the values and assumptions underpinning various theoretical approaches to working with individuals and families.
- Summarize the key evidence in relation to the effectiveness of different approaches to social work practice (with individuals and families).
- Demonstrate the basic elements of the social work process including assessment, the worker/client relationship.
- Recognise and articulate practice implications for working with individuals, children and families from different cultural groups.
- Demonstrate basic skills in engaging with assessment of and intervention with clients.
- Demonstrate the ability to show self-awareness and critically reflective on your own social work practice.
- Critical reflection (1,500 words) (20%)
- Case study analysis (2,000 words) (30%)
- Biopyschosocial assessment (1,500 words) (30%)
- Role play assessment activity (1,000 words) (20%)
On-campus students will attend 4.5 hours of face to face contact per week that will include two and a half hours of lecturers and two hours of tutorials. Fours hours will be spent on online activities and eleven hours will be spent
on private study.
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Off-campus attendance requirements
Off-campus students participate in 35 hours residential workshops, four hours per week on online activities and 18 hours per week on private study. Off-campus students are required to attend a compulsory on-campus workshop for successful completion of this unit.