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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Social Work

Generalist Social Work Practice SOWK-241

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 01
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/21/2012
  • Modified 09/19/2012

Contact Information

Instructor:KateriPicard Ray, LCSW

Phone: 208-292-2682

Email: [email protected]

Location:University   Place,Suite144

Term: Fall 2012


This course is a continuation of Social Work 240 which introduced students to the social work profession in relation to social services in a social welfare system context. Elementary social work processes focus on an overview of the theoretical knowledge and method­ological skills necessary for entry level practice in social work. Topics covered include generalist practice; social work values; principles of interviewing; assessment; confidentiality; contemporary theories of counseling; social work with individuals, groups, families and com­munity practice; evaluation; general systems theory; cross cultural social work; working within a bureaucratic system; burnout; and the frustrations and satisfactions of being a social worker. Case examples are discussed and role-played to apply the theory that is presented.


Provides an introduction to, and overview of, practice skills, methods, and problem solving processes necessary to generalist social work practice with diverse populations. The course consists of lecture, laboratory components to facilitate integration of values, ethics, knowledge and skills base in work with individuals, groups, organizations and communities.


Pre-requisite: SW 240 or permission of instructor or may be taken concurrently with SW 240.


The Council on Social Work Education sets educational standards for all accredited social work programs.  The 2008 Educational and Policy Accreditation Standards (EPAS) established 10 Core Competencies and 41 Practice Behaviors that social students are expected to meet upon graduation from an accredited BSW Program.  Professional Social Work Education is competency-based education.


Education Policy 2.1 – Core Competencies


Competency-based education is an outcome performance approach to curriculum design. Competencies are measurable practice behaviors that are comprised of knowledge, values, and skills. The goal of the outcome approach is to demonstrate the integration and application of the competencies in practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.


 As a result of the focus on competency based education, the faculty has identified within the LCSC curriculum where the Core Competencies and Practice Behaviors are addressed and measured.  Below are five of the ten Core Competencies and eight Practice Behaviors that are addressed in this course. Please note that the Practice Behaviors are linked to the Course Objectives and Assignments.


2.1.1 Identify as a professional   social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.

      A. Advocate for client access to the   services of social work

      C. Attend to professional roles and   boundaries

2.1.2 Apply social work ethical   principles to guide professional practice.

       B. Make ethical decisions by applying   standards of the National Association of Social  

       Workers Code of Ethics, and, as   applicable, of the International Federation of Social

       Workers/International Association of   Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work,

       Statement of Principles

2.1.4 Engage diversity and differences   in practice.

        C. Recognize and communicate their   understanding of the importance of differences

         in shaping life experiences

2.1.7 Apply knowledge of human   behavior and social environment

        A. Utilize conceptual frameworks to   guide the process of assessment, intervention, and


2.1.10 Engage, assess, intervene, and   evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

        A. Substantively and affectively   prepare for action with individuals, families, groups,

         organizations, and communities

        D. Collect, organize, and interpret   client data

        E.    Assess client strengths and limitations


Course Objectives


      Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:


1.         Understand the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes; EPAS 2.1.10A


            2.         Understand Social Work practice with an ecological-systems perspective;

 EPAS 2.1.7A


            3.         Understand the generalist planned change model associated with the

                        ecological-systems perspective; EPAS 2.1.10A


            4.         Understand the “Strengths Perspective”; EPAS 2.1.10 E


5.         Understand Social Work as a linking profession; EPAS 2.1.1A


6.         Understand the value base and ethical standards and principles associated with Social Work practice; EPAS 2.1.2B


7.         Understand the impact of diversity on practice, including but not limited to, client’s age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation; EPAS 2.1.4C


8.         Understand the concept of planned change and its role in practice effectiveness;

            EPAS 2.1.10D


9.         Understand the role of the Social History as a part of the assessment process;

                        EPAS 2.1.10D & E


10.       Develop an awareness of the role of the Social Work professional as it relates

                        to Social Work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and

                        organizations. EPAS 2.1.1C


Grades are based on:




Course   Objectives

Help Paper


4, 6, 7

Social History


1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 10

Collaborative Model   Intervention Presentation (Group)



Attendance and   Participation



Exams (2)






Annotated Bibliography


7, 10

               Total Points





Grading Scale


A                    95-100%

A-                      90-94.9%

B+                     87-89.9%

B                     83 -86.9%

            B-                    80-82.9%

            C+                    77-79.9%

C                     73-76.9%

C-                       70-72.9%

D                     63-69.9%

            F                      62.9% and below



Course Policies

  1. Assignments will be submitted via Blackboard unless otherwise noted. 


  1. Tests and assignments are due on the dates listed on the syllabus or as scheduled by the instructor of this course.  Late papers and tests will not be accepted.  On the rare occasion of a medical, personal, or family emergency, the student may write a letter of explanation requesting permission to hand in a late paper.  Discretion of late paper acceptance is entirely up to the instructor.  Grade will automatically be reduced by 50%. 


  1. In the event a quiz or test is missed, to make up the work, the student must contact the instructor immediately and request permission to make up the work assigned by the instructor.  The makeup work may not be in the same format as the original assignment.  However, it will cover the same material.  Makeup work is due within 7 days of the test, or the student will receive a failing grade for the test.  A student may not miss the final exam, as there will be no make up work. 


  1. Only work submitted before the close of the last scheduled class session of the course will be accepted for inclusion in the grade for that semester. 


  1. Extra-Credit:  Students will have the opportunity to earn 20 Extra Credit points during the semester.




Policy Regarding Course Incompletes

Students are expected to complete all work before the final session of the class.  Incompletes are not granted automatically.  A grade of “I” may be assigned only in cases of illness, accident, or other catastrophic occurrence beyond the student’s control.  It is the responsibility of the student to request an Incomplete grade from the instructor before the end of the term.  All work must be completed by the deadline specified by the instructor, which must be on or before the last day of the next term, excluding summer session.  Students who fail to complete the required work, will be assigned a grade of “F”.


Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

Part of the mission of this college is to educate students to be ethical.  Students share with the faculty the responsibility for academic honesty and integrity.  The University expects its students to do their own academic work.  In addition, it expects active participation and equitable contributions of students involved in group assignments.  Violation of the Academic Integrity Statement, in whole or part, could result in an “F” grade for the course.  The following acts of academic dishonesty are not acceptable:


  • Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise (e.g., an exam).
  • Fabrication: unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise (e.g., a paper reference).
  • Plagiarism: representing the words or ideas of another as one=s own in any academic exercise (e.g., failing to cite references appropriately or taking verbatim from another source).
  • Facilitating academic dishonesty:  helping or attempting to help another to commit academic dishonesty (e.g., allowing another to copy from your test or use your work).
  • In addition to action by the professor, all incidents will be reported to Student Affairs.


Professional Writing Standards

All printed work submitted to this professor should be prepared at a college standard of professional editing in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.)*.  Therefore, allow sufficient preparation time for proofreading and correction of typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors.


The reason for this expectation is that professionals are often judged based upon the quality of their written work.  Carelessness in spelling and editing suggests that there will also be mistakes in the substance of the work.  Therefore, written work, which has misspellings and other editing problems, will be graded down on this basis alone.



The instructor reserves the right to waive one or more of the policies listed above in rare, but special circumstances.
















Aug. 29

Introduction   to the course, syllabus, text, expectations, social work dispositions


Lecture/Class   Discussion


1, 10

Sept. 05

Strengths-Based   social work practice, Social Work Values and Ethics

Ch. 1


Lecture/Class   Discussions

  APA Activity

4, 6

Sept. 12

Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks for Generalist Practice

Ch. 2


Lecture/Class   Discussion

6 Principles   of Partnership Activity

“Help”   Paper Due


2, 4, 7

Sept. 19

Collaborative   Model Principles and Concepts

Chapter 3

Lecture/Class Discussion  

Meet “Annie”

1, 2, 3, 4,   5, 8, 9, 10

Sept. 26

Practice   Evaluation, social worker self-care

Chapter 4

Self-care   plan


Oct. 03

Collaborative Model Tasks, Inputs, and Practice Skills

Ch. 5

Lecture/Class   discussion Exam Chapters 1-5

1, 2, 3, 4,   5, 8, 9, 10

Oct. 10

Generalist Practice with Individuals

Chapter 6

Lecture/Class   Discussion/Demonstration

Practice   (social history)

1, 2, 3, 4,   5, 8, 9, 10

Oct. 17

Generalist Practice with Families

Ch. 7

Lecture/Class   Discussions/Small Group


1, 2, 3, 4,   5, 8, 9, 10

Oct. 24

Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups

Chapter 8

Lecture/Class   Discussion

Social History Due


1, 2, 3, 4,   5, 8, 9, 10

Oct. 31


Generalist Practice with Organizations

Chapter 9

Lecture/Class   Discussions


1, 2, 3, 4,   5, 8, 9, 10

Nov. 07

Generalist   Practice with Communities

Chapter 10

Lecture/Class   Discussion

Exam   Chapters 5 - 10

1, 2, 3, 4,   5, 8, 9, 10

Nov. 14


Generalist Practice with Economically Disadvantaged People and   Communities



Chapter 11


Lecture/Class   Discussion

Annotated Bibliography Due

1, 2, 3, 4,   5, 7, 8, 9, 10

Nov. 21


Preparation   for Student Presentations




Nov. 28

Generalist   Practice with People Affected by Addictions Generalist Practice with the Elderly

Chapter 12

Chapter 13


Student   Presentations


1, 2, 3, 4,   5, 8, 9, 10

Dec. 05

Generalist   Practice with LGBT People, Abused and neglected Children, People who have   Experienced Trauma


Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16


Student Presentations


1, 2, 3, 4,   5, 7, 8, 9, 10

Dec. 12

Application   of social work skills and knowledge

Video for   Pre-Engagement and Intervention


1, 2, 3, 4,   5, 7, 8, 9, 10

Week of   Dec. 17



Final Exam – Turn in Final Assignment





Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes for the fall term: November 7, 2011. 

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 769-3304) for employee issues.