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This subject provides students with an introduction to the microskills of interpersonal communication for professional practice. It is an experiential subject designed to prepare students for entry into supervised agency-based practice. The subject focuses on the development of communication, basic interviewing and counselling, and critical self-reflection skills, for application in a variety of social work contexts. Cultural diversity is explored throughout. In addition to large group discussions and exercises, students engage weekly in role plays and videoed interviews to develop specific micro-skills - in particular, the skills of engaging, attending, listening, questioning, and responding.
Intended learning outcomes
At the end of this subject students should be able to:
A pass in this subject is required before students can begin Supervised Field Practice 1A.
- demonstrate basic competency in the core communication skills for interviewing and counselling that underpin social work practice;
- explain the complexities of communication in a multicultural context, including the technical skills of working with interpreters and understanding the impact of different worldviews and values on establishing an effective social work relationship;
- understand and demonstrate a model of interviewing and the relationship of such a model to the theory and practice of social work;
- demonstrate an increased awareness of themselves in interaction with others;
- improve their ability to critically appraise their own practice following constructive critical appraisal of their practice by others; and
- be prepared for their first field based supervised professional practicum.
Students who complete this subject should be able to:
- critically analyse texts and practices
- understand recent developments in social work contexts of practice
- link theory to practice
- competently communicate in ways relevant to both academic and practice contexts
- undertake independent research
Last updated: 26 April 2021