Social workers engage with individuals, groups and communities to promote wellbeing, advocate for social change and create a just and equitable society for all. This unit facilitates student development of a basic awareness of self as this relates to social work direct practice and practice knowledge; and a beginning level of understanding of relevant theoretical frameworks informing direct practice including strength-based and eco-systemic traditions
This subject is practice based. Students engage in experiential learning activities using scenarios drawn from contemporary social work with individuals, families and groups across a range of human service contexts. These include both statutory and non-statutory examples. The focus of student learning is on the use of self in practice, and the demonstration and application of skills for engagement, assessment and intervention.

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96 credit points of first year core ABSW units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Explain various models and frameworks for social work practice with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and in diverse contexts;  
  2. Reflect on the influence of personal values, professional values and ethics in social work practice with individuals;  
  3. Demonstrate relevant social work practice skills in engagement, assessment, planning, intervention and review;  
  4. Demonstrate effective written, verbal and non-verbal interpersonal communication skills with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and in diverse contexts.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Video recording (3 min) 15%
Assignment Social work assessment & Case Note (1400 words) 35%
Case Study Process Recording (1600 words) 40%
Presentation Reflection journal about self-in-practice (400 words) 10%

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