This unit of study builds on the learning relevant to direct social work practice in the unit Skills for Direct Social Work Practice. Students continue to use strength-based, solution-focused, narrative and other relevant approaches for conceptualising their direct practice assessments and interventions within an overall framework of anti-oppressive social work practice. Weekly lectures and practice workshops include both theoretical and practice input on families, loss and grief and trauma. The content assists students to integrate new learning with their established knowledge and practice.

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ASW3101 - Skills for Social Work Direct Practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate strengths-based assessment and intervention in social work practice;  
  2. Present, analyse and critique examples of direct social work practice with individuals and /or families from placement and/or place of work;  
  3. Initiate and mediate group discussion of examples of direct social work practice with individuals and /or families, their placement and/or place of work;  
  4. Reflect critically on practice, utilising peer feedback, consultation with lecturers, personal awareness and theoretical input; and  
  5. Integrate and further develop existing interpersonal and communication skills for the purpose of assessment and intervention in casework practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Skills exercise (600 words) 20%
Presentation Class presentation (1,000 words equivalent) 35%
Assignment Assessment and intervention plan (1,500 words) 45%

Required reading

The following texts are recommended for this unit.

AASW Practice standards latest edition,
AASW, Canberra.

AASW Code of ethics latest edition,
AASW, Canberra.

Assessment and report writing in the human services 3rd ed.
Cleak, H., (2009)
Cengage Learning, South Melbourne.

Working with vulnerable families: A partnership approach 2nd ed.
Arney. F & Scott, D. (2014)
Cambridge University Press

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