SWK4160 Social Work Practice with Groups

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Tiffany Combs-Boykin

Course Description:

The concepts of this course will allow Missional students to focuses on the development of group leaders who possess both an understanding of group dynamics and effective leadership skills. Missional students will deal with content that addresses both task and treatment groups utilizing an ecosystems developmental framework. Emphasis is placed on understanding, affirming, and respecting groups with diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental ability, age, and national origin. Missional students will learn Social work group facilitation through utilizing empirically based theories and interventions to achieve client goals. Missional students will also know how to evaluate the effectiveness of group interventions.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Through participating in this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of social group work and practice related to the strengths, capacities and resources of individuals within groups; Develop skills in identifying group members issues, problems, needs, resources, and assets within a framework of group processes, dynamics, and developmental stages; Understand and apply basic concepts of task-oriented group work, including recruiting and selecting members, leadership, group decision-making and problem solving, running an effective meeting, and evaluation of task groups. Understand and apply basic concepts of treatment groups, including group formation, facilitation, and termination (assessment, intervention, and evaluation); Develop tools and techniques for understanding, affirming, and respecting group members from diverse backgrounds, distinguished by characteristics including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental ability, age, and national origin. Explore what is involved in making real-life ethical choices, establishing a professional self, applying social work values and utilizing the ethical decision making process, as illuminated by the NASW Code of Ethics, to social work with groups (etc.).

Why This Course Is Important:

Social work group facilitation is done utilizing empirically-based theories and interventions to achieve client goals. This course is need so students will know how to evaluate the overall effectiveness of interventions and processes involved in groups.