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SSWD 210 - Methods of Intervention and Practice Areas
This course is an introduction to the intervention methods used in human service practice. Students will have an overview of psychology and social work theories of clinical, case management and community development. The course context is developed to introduce students to a variety of practice areas in the human service work field. 

Credits:  3

Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours 3)


Total Weeks:  15

This course is offered online:  No

Pre-Requisites: SSWD 110 Introduction to Human Services Work; SSWD 120 Ethics and Practice; or permission of the Instructor.

Course Content:

  • History of the human service worker profession
  • Theories of helping, medical, psychiatric, behavioral and psycho-therapeutic approaches
  • Crisis and social intervention skills  
  • Mental health issues, addictions, family violence issues
  • Suicide prevention and intervention, grief and loss issues.
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Family Dynamics and genograms
  • Social work practice tools, clinical interview, social history, needs assessment
  • File documentation and record keeping in a practice setting
  • Teamwork and workshop facilitation and conflict resolution skills
Learning Outcomes:
The students will demonstrate an understanding of the learning outcomes through competition of assignments, presentations and examinations.
  • Describe human service work and its history in the helping profession
  • Explain social work and psychological theories of practice interventions in a clinical, case management and community development practice areas
  • Identify human service practice interventions skills in the helping process with specific populations
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness, family violence and addictions
  • Illustrate the ability to referral clients to clinical service providers with special populations
  • Describe the implications of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder on children and youth behavior
  • Explain family dynamics and the use of a genogram in practice
  • Demonstrate an ability to use social work assessment tools in practice
  • Apply the skills of documentation and recording keeping within practice standards
  • Illustrate readiness for reflective practice in a human service worker field through positive teamwork, workshop facilitation and conflict resolution skills
Passing Grade:  D (50%)

Grading Weight:
  • Assignments – 40%
  • Midterm Exam – 20%
  • Project – 40%
Course Offered in Other Programs:  No

Text Books: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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