Social Work Theories, Intervention and Skills - SO313

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
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4 15 (7.5) MRS S Brown







In this module students will be introduced to the dialogue between theory, current context, values and practice models, and they will also learn about the assessment process in social work. A number of theories, approaches and methods will be introduced to the students, including systemic, psychodynamic, person-centred, task-centred, cognitive behavioural, postmodern, constructionist, strengths-based, solution focused and narrative approaches and crisis intervention models.
Students will be encouraged to consider and evaluate the relevance and effectiveness of the theoretical approaches in practice, apply evidence from national and international research, and discuss service user perspectives. They will consider the theories and approaches in relation to principles of partnership, empowerment and anti-oppressive practice.

Method of assessment

The module will be assessed as follows:
• A 2,000 word essay designed to assess student’s knowledge and understanding of social work theories, interventions and skills. This will comprise 50% of the total mark and test subject specific learning outcomes
• A Case study of 2,000 words, based on case material to be provided, designed to assess application of theory to practice. This will comprise 50% of the total mark and test subject specific learning outcomes

Students will be awarded a final mark based on the average across the assessed work for this module

Indicative reading

Beckett, C (2006) Essential Theory for Social Work Practice. London: Sage.
Healey, K (2005) Social Work Theories in Context: Creating Frameworks for Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Lindsay, T (ed.) (2009) Social Work Intervention: Transforming Social Work Practice, Exeter: Learning Matters

Lindsay & Orton (2008) Group work practice in social work. Exeter: Learning matters

Lishman, J (2007) Handbook for Practice Learning in Social Work and Social Care: Knowledge & Theory. London: Jessica Kingsley

Martin, R (2010) Social Work Assessment. Exeter: Learning Matters
Milner & O’Byrne (2009) Assessment in Social Work, 3rd Edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Payne, M (2005) Modern Social Work Theory (3rd Edn) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

11.1 Demonstrate an initial understanding of the range of theories and models for social work intervention
11.2 Illustrate how historical and cultural contexts impact on the construction of social work theories and methods
11.3 Demonstrate the application of theory to practice, and identify models focusing on work with individuals and families in a range of practice settings
11.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the application of research, theory and knowledge from sociology, social policy, psychology, health and human growth and development
11.5 Understand the role of reflective practice and demonstrate basic skills of reflection.
11.6 Explain and illustrate how issues of power and anti-oppressive practice are reflected in particular social work theories and methods
11.7 Be able to demonstrate their understanding of the purpose and contexts for the involvement of the people who use services and carers in developing social work services, social theory and social work training

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