OnlineSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Builds on skills and knowledge gained in WEL91004 Social Work Direct Practice I. Examines effective communication within specific contexts and modes of practice, including crisis intervention, relationship counselling and family therapy. Develops skills in writing for social work practice.

Unit content

  1. Discourse, Language and Practice
  2. Theory for direct social work practice I
  3. Theory for direct social work practice II
  4. Motivational interviewing and facilitating change
  5. Working With Children & Young People
  6. Working with Trauma

Study Break


  1. Working with Families and Couples
  2. Working with Men
  3. Working with Indigenous Peoples
  4. Working with Addiction
  5. Working with Involuntary Clients
  6. Developing Practice Frameworks

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Healy, K, 2014, Social Work Theories in Context: Creating Frameworks for Practice, 2nd edn, Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-1-137-02424-4.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 30 minutes  (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour  (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 3 hours  (12 weeks )
Case study50%
Clinical skills50%

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