SWO-478 Social Work Practice in Health Care

Social work practice in health settings introduces the student to social work services relevant to medical and other settings where workers need to be attentive to interrelated physiological-psychological-social concerns. The course will include information about the range of practice models critical for social work in health care settings. Within this context, students will have an opportunity to learn about those practices that are relevant to all health settings and those that are unique depending on the particular organization. Different types of health settings will be studied including hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, and school-based health clinics, with special attention to settings employing interprofessional team-based care. Students will have an opportunity to become knowledgeable about particular issues that often come to the attention of health care social workers. In addition to differential assessment and intervention practices, students will also learn about the various kinds of consultation services, interdisciplinary practices, and evaluations relevant to health care social work in the new millennium.