SWO-424 Advanced Clinical Practice

Contemporary clinical social work practice is ever-evolving and is shaped by a number of stakeholders. Within this context of transition and change, sound clinical social work practice is culturally responsive, flexible, demonstrably effective, and when appropriate, community-based. Building on foundational knowledge and skills mastered from the first year social work practice course, this course will have four foci: 1) professional use of self; 2) the professional/therapeutic relationship; 3) continued development and refinement of more sophisticated assessment skills; and 4) mastery of brief/time-effective approaches to intervention and treatment. The goal is for students to acquire skill sets related to a variety of practice frameworks/theoretical perspectives and to learn how to decide which particular approach is most beneficial for each specific client in achieving positive outcomes.