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SOCW-461 - Social Work With Groups - 3.00 Credits

SOCW-461 - Social Work With Groups - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
Groups may be the most widely used modality in social work practice. They provide a vehicle for treatment, task accomplishment, self-help, mutual aid, community intervention, peer supervision and professional association. The principal objective of this course is to introduce students to group work for the generalist social worker. Group work practice will be examined from a variety of theoretical and practice orientations. The course will provide an opportunity to understand and put into practice knowledge and skills related to group processes. The course will also explore how the needs of individuals are addressed in groups. Students will participate in structured group experiences.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Elective Courses
  • Prerequisites : SOCW 200A, SOCW 306, SOCW 200B, third year standing or permission of the instructor
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Master's of Social Work
    Office Hours: 1.5 hours for every 3 hours of classroom instruction
    Contact Hours: 39
    Student Evaluation
    Group Facilitation 10 – 15%, Proposal/Paper 25 – 35%, Journal/Major Paper 35 – 40%, Interim Process Journal 15 – 20%. Grading procedures follow the UCC Guidelines.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course the student should demonstrate knowledge, skills and/or attitudes in the following:
  • Knowledge and an understanding of:

  • -The history of social work groups.
    -Theoretical foundations for social work with groups.
    -Specific types of groups such as therapy, self-help, activity, etc.
    -The stages of group development.
    -Group dynamics and group process.
    -Different styles of group leadership.
    -Decision making in groups, group goals and group norms.
    -Ethical and professional issues in group work.
    -Groups for specific populations or special needs.
  • Skill in:

  • -Developing a proposal for a group, including purpose, needs assessment, composition, funding, goals and so on.
    -Identifying group process rather than content.
    -Assessment and evaluation of group process.
    -Facilitating groups.
    -Identifying factors which contribute to change and development within a group.
  • Awareness of:

  • -The use of self in the group, as leader and group member.
    -Power relationships in groups, cohesion and conflict.
    -The complexity of group membership including roles, relationships, ‘person-in-group’ dynamics.
    -The class as an observed group experience.
    Text and Materials:
  • Toseland, Ronald W. & Rivas, Robert F. (1998). An Introduction to Group Work Practice. New York: MacMillan.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Instructors regularly modify and update course outlines. For the most recent version please contact the department.