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Cleveland State University Course Info

Cleveland, Ohio


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SWK 615

Clinical Social Work Practice with Groups

SWK 501, SWK 502, SWK 503, SWK 504, SWK 505, SWK 506, SWK 507, SWK 508, SWK 509, and SWK 510; or permission of the program; or advanced standing. Students will examine the fundamental knowledge and skills required for clinical social work practice with groups. Dynamics of working with special populations will be emphasized (e.g. the effects of the addictive processes on group therapy, age-appropriate communication with children). Students extend and reinforce knowledge and apply at an advanced level their competency in demonstrating ethical and professional behavior in advanced clinical practice with groups, including dyads such as couples. Students engage in diversity and difference in practice with groups. While engaging in advanced clinical practice with groups, they also demonstrate their competencies in advancing human rights and social justice. They demonstrate competencies in practice-informed research and research-informed practice, by using and translating research evidence to inform and improve their advanced clinical practice with groups. Students focus on competencies related to engaging, assessing and intervening with individuals, couples and families. They demonstrate their ability, based upon mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives, and based on the critical assessment of strengths, needs, and challenges within groups and dyads, to select appropriate intervention strategies rooted in assessment, research knowledge, and values and preferences of groups and dyads.

Units: 3.0