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SWK3240 - Working with individuals: theory and practice

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Associate Professor Chris Trotter


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


This unit introduces students to direct social work practice with individuals. It examines the nature and definition of direct social work practice; examines some of the value-based and contentious issues in social work practice; considers some of the theories which have influenced direct social work practice; and examines a problem solving model for working with individuals. It also provides an opportunity for students to apply social work skills in small group class exercises and role-plays.


At the conclusion of this course students will be able to:

  1. articulate the nature of direct social work practice (casework) and how it differs from other forms of interpersonal helping;
  2. apply a range of social work practice theories, models and research findings to particular case situations;
  3. identify and debate controversial issues in direct social work practice;
  4. identify the basic elements of the casework process including assessment, the relationship, and the problem solving process; and
  5. demonstrate through role - played interviews their ability to apply social work skills and interventions.


A class examination or essay (2 hours): 50%
Role play: 10%
Analysis of role play (1,800 words): 40%

Contact hours

3 hours per week


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