SOWK 4003 Clinical Social Work Theory and Practice (3 credits)
This foundation course helps students develop a multi-dimensional assessment and intervention framework for clinical social work practice. This course builds upon knowledge of human behavior in the social environment and adds a focus on theories of change—at the individual and family level. The course is grounded in empirical information about the importance of relationship skills across a variety of classic and modern approaches to intervention. We use a social work lens to emphasize the importance of context in client lives, including their socioeconomic status, cultural history and experiences of oppression. Since no single theory captures the totality of human experiences, we integrate a variety of intervention techniques from multiple human behavior theories and ground them in a social work framework for ethical and effective clinical practice.