Advanced Interventions - SO719

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Medway Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) MRS RC Taylor







The aim of this module is to assist students work professionally with a variety of service users in complex situations in a range of settings. The module is designed to equip students with the practical skills and knowledge for professional practice. This will prepare them for theoretically informed practice to enable clear and reasoned justifications for social work interventions.

Systemic theory will provide an overall framework for the module, enabling the consideration of the complex and interconnected nature of social and personal issues for individuals, families, and communities. The module will provide an outline of key principles and practice in methods of intervention such as solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, family therapy techniques, group work skills and other approaches. Methods of intervention with individuals, families, groups and communities will be explored.

Ethical issues and anti-oppressive practice will be considered throughout the module, and there will be a particular focus on the challenges of empowering service users. Students will be encouraged to reflect on and critically evaluate a variety of methods based on best practice and research evidence. Critical thinking, analysis and professional judgement are vital capacities to develop for professional practice, as well as self-awareness and openness to examining assumptions and emotions.

Method of assessment

Presentation (20%) and Essay (80%)

Indicative reading

Dallos (2006) Attachment Narrative Therapy: Integrating Systemic, Narrative and Attachment Approaches Milton, Keynes: Open University Press (In depth integration of three theoretical frameworks).

De Jong, P and Berg, I (2008) Interviewing for Solutions (3rd edition). Belmont: Thomson Brooks/Cole.

Gorrell Barnes, G (2004) Family therapy in changing times. London: Sage (solid review of systemic ideas and exploration of diverse family structures and their context)
Hohman, M, (2011). Motivational Interviewing in Social Work Practice. London: Guildford Press

Kemshall, H. & Littlechild, R. (2000) User Involvement in Social Care. London: Jessica Kingsley - chapter by Morris, K & Sheppherd, C (2000) Family involvement in Child Protection: The use of family group conferences

Lindsay, T. (ed) (2009) Social Work Intervention. Exeter : Learning Matters

Miller, L (2006) Counselling Skills for Social Work. London: Sage (chapter 7- useful review of systemic family approach and solution focussed approaches)

Miller, W and Rollnick, S. (1991) Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People to Change Addictive Behaviour. New York: The Guildford Press.

Veter, A & Dallos, R (2009) Systemic therapy and attachment narratives. Hove: Routledge (integrates family systems theory with attachment & narrative approaches)

Cohen, M. & Mullender, A. (2003) Gender and groupwork London: Routledge.

Doel, M (2006) Using Groupwork. London: Routledge.

Seed, P (1991) Introducing Network Analysis in Social Work: London: Jessica Kingsley Publications.

Stepney, P. & Popple, K. (2008) Social Work and the community, Houndmills, London. Palgrave Macmillan.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this module students will be able to:

Critically reflect upon evidence from research on the effectiveness of supports and models of intervention with individuals, families, groups and networks in the community

Demonstrate an in depth understanding of the main aspects of systemic approaches as the key underpinning theoretical perspective in social work and be aware of other complementary or contrasting approaches to assessing and understanding the needs of individuals, families, groups and communities

Apply knowledge and skills in relation to theories and approaches to intervening with individuals, families, groups and formal and informal networks in the community and also clearly justify the approach used, based on a number of potential hypotheses

Critically analyse and take into account the underlying ethical and value issues in the application of theories and methods of practice

Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the importance of effective communication with a range of people and groups; the importance of partnership working to enhance engagement, empowerment and participation

Reflect critically and in some depth on previous experience and learning and apply new learning to practice in a particular setting and service user group

Develop relevant expertise and theoretical knowledge (such as group work, therapy, motivational interviewing) and other specific approaches to intervention

Develop high level communication skills including being able to effectively articulate ideas, problems and solutions and work within a team.

Demonstrate advanced problem solving skills, including being able to critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, and abstract concepts to identify solutions

Work on their ability to use a range of methods to gather, critically analyse and synthesise information.

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