Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

SOWK 503

Social Work with Individuals and Families I

Social work practice is based on a foundation of generalist social work. The course begins with an overview of the profession through its history and conceptual development and an examination of fundamental social work knowledge, values, and skills. A substantial aspect of the content also presents and provides structured practice in the fundamental interpersonal skills required for development as a professional social worker. The content focuses on skill development, specifically engaging the client, interviewing proficiency and critical thinking related to assessment processes and problem identification. Social work interventions appropriate at the macro environment, mezzo and micro levels of practice will be discussed. All aspects of practice will be presented in the context of cultural competence and social justice.