K410 – Introduction to Developmentally-Informed Social Work
1 Credit Hours
This introductory course for incoming M.S.W. students orients them to Erikson and the M.S.W. program. The course introduces students to the history, mission, values, assumptions and ethics of social work and to the person-in-environment orientation to understanding others.
Students will also begin to develop their identities as social workers who are developmentally informed and who serve children and families. They will be encouraged to explore their own cultural and familial experiences, values, and beliefs as these relate to their professional development and identity. The course also introduces students to overarching theoretical frameworks for social work. Theories will be explored and discussed from historical and cultural perspectives, and students will be encouraged to compare and critique them for their potential application to, and usefulness for, social work practice. Students will also be encouraged to consider how theories reflect particular sets of values and intersect with ethnicity, race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, and other forms of diversity. Through discussion throughout the week, the course will help students begin to bridge theoretical constructs to contemporary practice settings, particularly settings that serve children and families.