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SWK3120 - Working with families and groups: Theory and practice

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms Lesley Hewitt (Group work) & Ms Louise Oliaro (Family work)


Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Singapore Second semester 2007 (Flexible)


The unit comprises two sections: 'Group work' and 'Family work'. 'Group work' examines the historical development of group work; the group work process with emphasis on the beginning, ending and enhancing communication in groups; group leadership styles and terminating groups. In 'Family work', family functioning is explained from a variety of theoretical frameworks drawing out the implications for practice.


To enable students to understand and articulate the theories and practices relevant to working with families and groups.


'Group work' - written assignments (2250 words): 50%
'Family work' - written assignment (2250 words): 50%.
Both components must be passed in order to gain an overall pass in the unit.

Contact hours

4 hours per week


A pass in SWK3240. Social Work units are available only within the context of the Bachelor of Social Work degree, or with permission.