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U-M SW 696 - SW 696 SYLLABUS

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Page 1 1. Course Description: This advanced level methods course in the Children and Youth in Families and Societies concentration builds upon the foundation level practice methods course and prepares students for employment in the many human service delivery systems which address the needs of children, youth, and their families. This cross-cutting skills course encompasses both direct/micro (i.e., assessment, intervention, prevention) and mezzo and macro (program design, evaluation, administration, community organization, policy analysis) practice methods used to address problems presented by or to children and youth in a variety of contexts. The development of social work skills, values, and ethics applicable to promotion, prevention, intervention, remediation and social rehabilitation activities with diverse child and youth populations at all levels of intervention will be emphasized. Evidence-based change interventions that build on strengths and resources of children and their families at all levels of intervention will be examined in order to develop socially just and culturally-competent policies and practice. This course will address the key diversity dimensions (including ability, age, class, color, culture, ethnicity, family structure, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), marital status, national origin, race, religion or spirituality, sex, and sexual orientation) as it relates to children, youth and their families. 2. Course Content: Effective social work practice with children and youth requires a developmentally-sensitive, resiliency focused multisystems approach, an emphasis on prevention and early intervention, and the collaborative involvement of families, other primary caretaking adults, and involved professionals, in the identification, development, delivery, and evaluation of services. In addition to being able to assess and intervene with children and youth, social workers must also develop the skills necessary to assess the resources and the risk factors which may exist in the child’s or youth’s family, neighborhood, community, and in the larger social environment. In this course COURSE TITLE: SW Practice with Children and Youth: Spring/Summer 2011 DIVISION: CHLDY COURSE NUMBER: 696 Class room: 2752 CREDIT HOURS: 3 PREREQUISITES: SW521 and SW560 LOCATION: Required practice course in the Children and Youth in Families and Societies Concentration INSTRUCTOR: Laura Sanders, MSW, ACSW, 734-662-3509, [email protected], office 2760 SSWBPage 2 the emphasis of intervention is as much on the context as on the individual. Intervention strategies focus on ways to bring about change at levels such as the classroom or school, the peer group, and the community or population, as well as at the individual level. Mezzo and macro practice skills covered in this course are aimed at promoting interpersonal competence, self-esteem, self-efficacy, achievement, and moral development in children and youth by making the contexts within which they develop more responsive to their developmental needs. Direct practice methods covered in this course provide students with the skills necessary to select and provide effective short-term interventions, evaluate direct practice, develop service delivery systems and work effectively with individuals, families and groups in families, institutions and communities. Skills for engagement, assessment, intervention, prevention, and evaluation relevant to contexts such as families, neighborhood and community, schools, group care facilities, residential care, hospitals, correctional programs and institutions, courts, governmental and nongovernmental agencies will be covered. Intervention strategies may be derived from a variety of approaches and theoretical perspectives, self-help and peer support, group work, family life education, empowerment models, and family preservation. Students will learn to use evidence-based knowledge and skills to engage and communicate effectively with children and youth, families and community members, and other service providers. Assessment skills taught will emphasize the importance of being able to identify special needs, abuse and neglect, family violence, substance abuse, and circumstances of extreme stress, danger, or deprivation, and accurately assess the level of risk these circumstances present for the children or youths concerned. The student will learn how to design individual programs of intervention that are based on clearly articulated goals and priorities, reflect an examination of the evidence base and are consistent with social work ethics and values. Throughout the course, cultural competence and sensitivity to differences among families and the impact of worker/client differences in values, experiences, and power will be analyzed. In addition, the student will learn to understand the significance of “multiple identities” (the interaction of factors such as the diverse dimensions: including ability, age, class, color, culture, ethnicity, family structure, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), marital status, national origin, race, religion or spirituality, sex, and sexual orientation) in shaping the uniqueness of families and individuals and in shaping power and privilege differences. Mezzo and macro practice methods covered in this course include skills applicable to the areas of community organization and development, administration, policy and planning, and research and evaluation in order to support the strengths of diverse children, families and communities and to promote social justice. Presentation of material from these areas recognizes the importance of working with multidisciplinary teams, service delivery agencies, and formal and informal community systems, in order to obtain necessary resources and support services for children and youth. Specific skills addressed include advocacy, needs assessment, working collaboratively with community agency and groups, administrative and supervisory issues impacting service delivery, budgeting and fiscal issues, program design and development, program and practice research and evaluation, and child and youth policy analysis.Page 3 3. Course Objectives: 1. Students will demonstrate advanced-level skills in translating and applying a developmentally sensitive, resiliency focused, collaborative, multisystems intervention perspective in working with


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