IHSW104 Social and Health Issues in Indigenous Communities

This course reviews current social and health issues in Indigenous communities, with an emphasis on the role of human service workers and on specific helping skills that are needed in order for the worker to be successful. The course is interactive and experiential, allowing the student to practice concepts and skills. This course establishes the groundwork for the capstone course, IHSW 105, which involves a community helping project.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks: 15





Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
- Review, refine and integrate support skills previously learned
- Practice helping and intervention behaviours
- Recognize the social realities and challenges of human service worker practitioners
- Identify the importance of community advocacy and collaboration
- Identify strategies to coordinate community services and resources


Learning Outcomes:
- Identify Social Service practice intervention skills in the helping process with specific populations
- Illustrate readiness for reflective practice in a Social Service Worker field
- Examine Social Work and Psychological theories of practice interventions in clinical, case management and community development practice areas
- Illustrate the ability to refer clients to service providers for special populations
- Describe the Social Work change process through a case study
- Define punitive guidance and identify positive alternatives
- Identify and demonstrate positive prevention-oriented strategies for guiding behaviour
- Identify and demonstrate positive intervention strategies in response to inappropriate behaviour
- Identify and demonstrate strategies, other than praise, for creating an environment that will support behaviour change



Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 60


Percentage of Individual Work: 40


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