Becca with Kids

SWK 355 Helping Troubled Families (3 credits)

Course Description

This course is one of four courses in the social work practice sequence that prepare graduates for generalist social work practice. The specific focus of this course is working with families. The course will explore the variations found in modern families and focus on some of the more common difficulties family units experience. The course will provide theoretical frameworks that help understand the causes and dynamics of the various situations including homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and sustained conflict. It will also provide students with appropriate beginning level professional social work skills to help intervene in situations needing professional help.

Learning Results

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:
• Understand and critique the various definitions and characteristics of the contemporary family;
• Develop a biblical framework for helping families in distress that is consistent with professional values and
• Be able to apply essential elements of selected social work intervention approaches to families in distress;
• Gain a basic understanding of various contemporary approaches to working with troubled families;
• Understand the impact that diversity and oppression has on the way families function and are helped;
• Have a better understanding of one's own family of origin and develop an awareness of self and family
    that uses strengths and weaknesses to improve current and future family relationships.;
• Demonstrate the ability to use professional written communication skills;
• Use the critical thinking skills required for assessment and intervention required when working with


Learning Documentation

This course consists of 7 assignments plus one research paper and one exam.

Learning Evaluation

Each assignment is 100 points, except one worth 150 points. The paper is another 150 points and the exam is 100 for a total of 1,000 points possible.

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