K430 – Working with Individuals, Families, and Groups
3 Credit Hours
In this course students are introduced to basic frameworks, methods, and models for working with individuals, families, and groups. The aim of this course is to help students develop a beginning foundation for practice with individuals, families, and groups, with particular emphasis on working with families, caregivers, and children in both individual and group settings and intervention contexts. Several theoretical approaches will be reflected in the readings, including family systems, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral. The course content emphasizes biopsychosocial and person-in-environment approaches to understanding individuals, families, and groups, and focuses on the worker-client relationship, and the development of observation, assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills. The course also introduces students to some of the dynamics and processes inherent to working with individuals, families, and groups. Students will engage in discussions about differences and similarities between a range of professional roles with individuals and families, including “the helping relationship,” psychotherapy, support, psycho-education, training, early intervention, and casework. Over the course of the semester students will learn about the basic tenets of intervention approaches and develop a capacity for critically evaluating and comparing them.