K454 – Advanced Practice with Children, Adolescents, and Adults

3 Credit Hours

This course builds on previous practice coursework (K430 – Working with Individuals, Families and Groups; K431 – Working with Organizations and Communities; K441 & K443 – Foundation Supervision Seminar I & II; and experience in K440 & K442 – Foundation Field Instruction I & II). It is designed to both introduce new practice knowledge and to help students solidify previous knowledge at an advanced level. It precedes the Advanced Practice with Parents and Children course. The course also builds on relevant concepts covered in K410 – Introduction to Developmentally-Informed Social Work, K421 – Human Development I: Psychosocial Development in Infancy and Childhood, and K422 – Human Development II: Psychosocial Development from Early Adolescence through Adulthood, particularly in relation to lifespan and life course development.

Students will be expected to deepen their theoretical and practice knowledge base, necessary for effective social work practice with individuals across the lifespan. Students will be introduced to and review a range of therapeutic approaches and processes, including psychodynamic, family systems, narrative, cognitive, behavioral, and multi-cultural approaches to intervention. Particular attention will be given throughout the course to cultural, gender, racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and other social variables that impact the delivery of appropriate and effective services to children, adolescents and adults. Written and videotaped case studies and the students’ previous field experiences will be used to allow for opportunities to integrate theory with practice. The course runs concurrently with K450 – Advanced Field Instruction I and K451 – Advanced Supervision Seminar I, so that students will have the opportunity to integrate what they are learning in the classroom with their ongoing experience in the field.

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