Advanced Interventions - SOCI7190

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Isobel Drew checkmark-circle


This module will engage students in an exploration of systemic perspectives at both micro and macro levels. Students will acquire critical knowledge and understanding of key theoretical perspectives in group work and networking. The module will provide an outline of key principles and practice in methods of intervention such as CBT, family therapy, counselling, motivational interviewing, intensive family support and other approaches.

The module will also comprise consideration of complex and interconnected social and personal issues for individuals and families and how these might be addressed in interventions. The module will ensure that students learn to reflect on and critically evaluate a range of approaches with different service users. Critical evaluation of a variety of methods based on best practice and research evidence will underpin this module.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150


BA (Hons) Social Work – compulsory module

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Coursework - group presentation – 20% *
Coursework – essay (2000 words) – 80% *

* Students must pass BOTH elements to pass the module

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

Beckett, C (2010) Assessment and Intervention in Social Work. London: Sage.
Beckett, C and Horner, N, (2016) Essential Theory for Social Work Practice: London: Sage
Gorrell Barnes,G (2004) Family therapy in changing times, London: Sage
Hohman, M, (2011). Motivational Interviewing in Social Work Practice. London: Guildford Press
Lindsay, T. (ed) (2009) Social Work Intervention. Exeter : Learning Matters
Maclean, S, Finch, J, Tedam, P (2018) Share; A new model for social work. Lichfield: Kirwin Maclean Associates Limited.
Veter, A & Dallos, R (2003) Working systemically with Families, London: Carnac

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 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
8.2 Critically reflect upon evidence from research on the effectiveness of supports and models of intervention with individuals, families, groups and networks in the community
8.3 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
8.4 Critically analyse and take into account the underlying ethical and value issues in the application of theories and methods of practice
8.5 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
8.6 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
8.7 Develop relevant expertise and theoretical knowledge (such as group work, therapy, motivational interviewing) and other specific approaches to intervention

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate high level communication skills including being able to effectively articulate ideas, problems and solutions and work within a team
9.2 Demonstrate advanced problem-solving skills, including being able to critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, and abstract concepts to identify solutions
9.3 Use a range of methods to gather, critically analyse and synthesising information


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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