Generalist practice applies an eclectic knowledge base, professional ethics and values, and a wide range of skills to target problems, needs, or social justice issues within micro, mezzo, and macro systems (individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities) for change. Generalist social workers perform a wide range of professional roles within agencies or other organizational structures, utilizing supervision and consultation to ensure responsible practice. The generalist model emphasizes client empowerment and critical thinking skills in developing interventions for use within systems.
The SW302, 303, 402, 403 series is designed to develop the generalist practice knowledge, values, and skills necessary for BSW students to begin professional social work practice. Emphasis is placed on social work practice with populations-at-risk, women, ethnic minorities, oppressed groups, Native Hawaiians, Pacific islanders, and Asians within the state of Hawaii. Research findings and concepts are integrated into all courses with special attention to evaluation research for the purpose of identifying best practices that are empirically based.
SW 303 continues the micro-system (individuals, families, and small groups) focus on development of skills such as: self-awareness, values, culturally competent practice, communication, observation, building a professional helping relationship, assessment, planning intervention, understanding the impact of personal belief systems on practice, identification of ethical conflicts, and ability to use an ethical decision-making model, evaluation and termination. In this course, emphasis is placed on developing and implementing empirically-based, best practice interventions within micro-systems.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Understand and apply generalist social work practice principles in working with
groups, organizations and communities (Applying Theory to Practice, Advocacy, Values and Ethics, Professional Use of Self, Critical Thinking, Communication);
2. Understand and apply social work values and ethics in generalist social work practice in work with groups, organizations and communities (Applying Theory to Practice, Values and Ethics);
3. Understand and apply the ecological perspective and social systems framework in generalist practice with groups, organizations and communities (Applying Theory to Practice, Critical Thinking);
4. Understand and utilize empowerment and culturally competent social work practice with groups, communities, and organizations that serve women, ethnic minorities, and special populations (Applying Theory to Practice, Diversity, Advocacy, Values and Ethics);
5. Demonstrate introductory level practice skills in the areas of data collection, problem formulation, assessment, development and implementation of interventions, and intervention-evaluation (Applying Theory to Practice, Advocacy, Professional Use of Self, Critical Thinking, Communication);
6. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in written work as well as class participation (Critical Thinking, Communication);
7. Demonstrate writing skills that communicate logic, clarity, relevance, accuracy, depth and breadth of reasoning and content (Critical Thinking, Communication);
8. Demonstrate ability to utilize supervision, and evaluate professional growth, attitudes, and current skill level (Professional Use of Self, Critical Thinking, Communication);
9. Demonstrate beginning knowledge of community development theories (Applying Theory to Practice, Advocacy, Critical Thinking);
10. Demonstrate continuing development of interpersonal skills in social work practice with groups, communities or organizations (Values and Ethics, Professional Use of Self).