Group Work (GRWK)

5301. Essentials of Social Group Work Practice

Three credits.

Provides knowledge, theories, and practice principles common to social group work. Focuses on knowledge and practice methods that are used to identify and understand procedures and processes essential to planning, developing and working with small groups in various agency-based settings, dealing with a range of issues and diverse peoples. Social and behavioral sciences and group work literature, empirical data and practice wisdom serve as the foundation for organizing course content and activities. Required course for students in the Group Work concentration.

5302. Differential Group Work: Populations and Settings

Three credits. Prerequisite: GRWK 5301, FED 5352, and FED 5302; open only to M.S.W. students in the Group Work concentration. Corequisite: GRWK 5353 and FED 5310.

Designed to increase the depth of understanding of the content of GRWK 5301. Focuses on the application of group work processes, properties and group work skills to group work practice with groups that are established for different purposes and with populations that differ according to age, culture and need for group work services. Also examines the impact of different settings as the context for group work practice. Required course for students in the Group Work concentration.

5303. Advanced Group Work Practice Methods and Techniques

Three credits. Prerequisite: GRWK 5302 and 5353, and FED 5310; open only to M.S.W. students in the Group Work concentration. Corequisite: GRWK 5354 and FED 5311.

The overall emphasis of this course will be on a critical analysis and sound examination of the social group work method B – its underlying theories, knowledge, research-supported practices, ideological commitments, and basic tenets and principles. The primary focus is on the development of advanced practice methods and techniques. Required course for students in the Group Work concentration.

5311. Group Processes

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to students in the M.S.W. or STEP program.

Helps students develop a conceptual frame of reference for understanding small group processes. The focus of study is mainly on establishing a theoretical and conceptual appreciation of how small groups function. Students will develop an increasingly wide range of conceptual tools to identify and assess group processes. Students will gain a better understanding of small group interaction as it impacts individuals, interpersonal relationships and interactions with others beyond the group. Experiential as well as didactic study methods will be used. Required course for students in the Group Work concentration.

5340. Skills Laboratory in Social Group Work Practice

One credit.

Primary focus is to offer students an opportunity to demonstrate how to apply (i.e., simulate practice experiences) some of the knowledge and theory presented in GRWK 5301 – Essentials of Social Group Work Practice in practice situations. Students will participate in exercises and use procedures to enhance and assess current practice skill levels. Exercises and other instructional aids will center on particular elements pertinent to basic competencies in social group work practice including group formation, entering an established group, work within the group’s process and achieving group goals. As well, attention is focused on group work within the context of the agency setting and its philosophical stance toward this method of practice. Required course for students in the Advanced Standing Option in the Group Work Concentration and must be taken in the summer prior to the beginning of full time study for the M.S.W. degree.

5342. Group Work Practice in Therapeutic Settings

Three credits. Prerequisite: GRWK 5301 or CSWK 5301; open only to M.S.W. students in the Casework and Group Work concentrations.

Provides a theoretical base and group work practice skills for working with populations who have been diagnosed with a clinical condition(s). Focuses on understanding how to use a strength-based, recovery oriented therapeutic group to foster the social and emotional growth that will promote optimal functioning and prevent relapse in persons with clinical conditions. Biological, behavioral, cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic theories will be used to understand factors that contribute to clinical conditions and to develop the type of therapeutic group that responds to the social and emotional needs of the members of the group. Focus will be on diverse settings (in- patient, out- patient, prison, residential half-ways houses) where clients with clinical conditions are served in open-ended and closed groups. DSM V will be used to develop diagnostic skills and understanding.

5353. Field Education in Group Work III

Four credits. Prerequisite: FED 5302 and FED 5352; open only to M.S.W. students in the Group Work concentration. Corequisite: GRWK 5302 and FED 5310. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Focuses primarily on the student’s major method, emphasizing preparation for competent, advanced specialized practice. Required course for students in the Group Work concentration.

5354. Field Education in Group Work IV

Four credits. Prerequisite: GRWK 5353 and FED 5310; open only to M.S.W. students in the Group Work concentration. Corequisite: GRWK 5303 and FED 5311. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Focuses primarily on the student’s major method, emphasizing preparation for competent, advanced specialized practice. Required course for students in the Group Work concentration.

5355. Block Placement in Group Work

Eight credits. Prerequisite: FED 5352 and FED 5302; open only to M.S.W. students in the Group Work concentration. Corequisite: GRWK 5302 and 5303 and FED 5350. Instructor consent required. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Field Education in Group Work for well-prepared students who have completed all course requirements except the second year of field education and the appropriate method course. Required course for students in the M.S.W. program completing a Block Field Placement.