SSWK220 Social Work: Interviewing, Assessment, and Referral

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Social Work

I. Course Number and Title
SSWK220 Social Work: Interviewing, Assessment, and Referral
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
SSWK110 (C or better); and SOCI110 (C or better); and COMP110 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
Students apply core concepts, theories, values and ethics of social work to interviewing, assessment, and referral. Students apply direct skills including basic listening, empathy, focusing, confrontation, directives, feedback, and self-interpretation. Emphasis is on practicing professional values that guide practice.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. apply social work core concepts, theories, and values;
    2. apply the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics;
    3. identify referral resources available in the community;
    4. demonstrate interview and assessment skills and techniques when working with diverse populations; and
    5. demonstrate professional behavior in demeanor, communication, and role.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Application of social work theories
    2. Implementation of interviewing and assessment skills and techniques
    3. Application of the NASW Code of Ethics
    4. Referral resources available in the community
    5. Management of personal values and professionalism
    6. Research methods related to direct practice
    7. Personal assessment of strengths and needs
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals is based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Approval/Revision Date: Approved 12/5/2013; New Core 8/2015