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Gold Coast
Term1,5
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Unit description

Develops students’ skills in social work communication with a wide range of clients. Enables students to understand the principles of effective interpersonal communication in professional settings, and to reflect critically on the development of their own communication ability. Seeks to introduce students to common approaches to assessing and working with individuals in social work settings.

Unit content

  1. Introducing social work relationships and communication 
  2. The developing professional relationship 
  3. Interviewing skills 
  4. Skills for building relationships
  5. Social work assessments
  6. Human development

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1apply the principles of and strategies for effective communication in social work practice with a range of client groups, including people from culturally diverse backgrounds
2demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills in a simulated social work context, including an ability to communicate cross-culturally
3explain the relevance of human development theories for engaging with people at different points in the lifespan
4apply knowledge and demonstrate skills in bio-psycho-social and risk assessment

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. apply the principles of and strategies for effective communication in social work practice with a range of client groups, including people from culturally diverse backgrounds
  2. demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills in a simulated social work context, including an ability to communicate cross-culturally
  3. explain the relevance of human development theories for engaging with people at different points in the lifespan
  4. apply knowledge and demonstrate skills in bio-psycho-social and risk assessment

Prescribed Learning Resources

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Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Residential 7 hours x 4 days (Once during term)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Clinical skills50%
Report40%
ParticipationSR

Teaching method
Residential 7 hours x 4 days (Once during term)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Clinical skills50%
Report40%
ParticipationSR
Notice

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Fee information

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