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SOWK14005 Advanced Direct Practice
Advanced Direct Practice
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Corrections

Unit Profile Correction added on 02-04-20

Assessment 1 Compulsory Residential School removed (currently pass or fail) Non compulsory due to travel restrictions.

Assessment 2 Audio Visual Demonstration and Critical Reflection Role Play

Task Requirement

You are to record your AV role play using Zoom (if possible) and illustrate how video conferencing can be utilised to provide services to clients and communities. Further instructions will be provided to students on Moodle. 

Assessment Product 2 - Critical Reflection Role Play (20 marks)

Please note the following addition to prompt questions :

- What skills were utilised to enhance engagement while using video conferencing? What are the strengths and limitations of this modality? 


General Information

Overview

This unit is designed to build on and strengthen the direct social work practice skills and knowledge you have developed throughout the course of your study in the social work program. It is an opportunity to enhance your critical analysis and evaluation of therapeutic models for social work practice, and demonstrate the practical application of a therapeutic approach at a level required of fourth year social work students preparing for final field placement.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 4
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

SOWK13011 Community Practice and SOWK13009 Field education 1 and SOWK13010 Integrating Theory and Practice 1.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. On-campus Activity
Weighting: Pass/Fail
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 60%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student evaluation and feedback. Consultation with social work team.

Feedback

Students enjoyed the regular zoom lectures and discussions in order to connect theory to practice. The assessment tasks were relevant to their practice and this should continue.

Recommendation

Continue regular zoom meetings with the class. Ensure assessments remain relevant to social work practice with a focus on clinical social work and evidence-based practice. Students are better prepared for the learning required the following term in the final year of the Bachelor of Social Work.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a range of direct practice skills and techniques in the practical application of the chosen therapeutic approach
  2. Critically evaluate and reflect on the skills and techniques demonstrated in the practical application of the chosen therapeutic approach and developing social work practice
  3. Critically evaluate therapeutic models and their relevancy and practical application to social work practice contexts
  4. Critically evaluate therapeutic approaches and skills for different cultural contexts including working in Indigenous contexts.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - On-campus Activity - 0%
2 - Practical Assessment - 60%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - On-campus Activity - 0%
2 - Practical Assessment - 60%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Computer with audio card or equivalent device enabling video conferening with sound using Zoom.
  • Video Recording Device (Camcorder, Digital Camera, Smartphone, etc.)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Shirley Ledger Unit Coordinator
s.ledger@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Introductions and orientation to course Moodle site

* This unit does not follow a weekly schedule rather modules are presented and selected by the student based on relevant components and elements of the social work practice framework.


Chapter


In preparation for residential school visit the residential section on the course Moodle site for pre-readings.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Compulsory Residential School 15 - 17 March 2019 - Noosa campus.Students may consider utilsing the opportunity to record Assessment 1 Audio visual activity while at residential. This may involve taking an IPAD / smartphone or other recording device.

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Social Work Practice Frameworks

Chapter

Moodle resources.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Reflective Practice and Critical Reflection


Chapter

Moodle resources and readings.

Events and Submissions/Topic



Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Culturally safe and inclusive practice

Chapter

Prescribed text and visit the respective therapeutic modules on the course Moodle site, and conduct own research and reading.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Narrative Therapy

Chapter

Resources and readings on Moodle.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Ecological Systems Approach

Chapter

Visit the respective therapeutic module on the course Moodle site, and conduct own research and reading.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Strengths based perspective

Chapter

Prescribed text and visit the respective therapeutic modules on the course Moodle site, and conduct own research and reading.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Cognitive Behavioural Therapies

Chapter

Visit the respective therapeutic modules on the course Moodle site, and conduct own research and reading.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Audio Visual Demonstration and Critical Reflection Role Play Due: Week 8 Monday (4 May 2020) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Crisis Intervention and Task-Centred Approaches

Chapter

Resources and readings on Moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Critical, Feminist and Anti-Oppresive Perspectives

Chapter

Review Theory and Practice module on the course Moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Preferred Social Work Identity and Practice Frameworks

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Preferred Social Work Identity and Practice Frameworks

Chapter

Visit the Preferred Social Work Identity and Practice Frameworks module on the course Moodle site in preparation for Field Education 2.

Events and Submissions/Topic

SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE FRAMEWORK: A Critical Evaluation Due: Week 12 Friday (5 Jun 2020) 6:00 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

No Exams SOWK14005

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

No Exams SOWK14005

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Term Specific Information

There is a compulsory residential school assigned to this course. This residential school is held at Noosa campus 27-29 March 2020.

Assessment Tasks

1 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title
Compuslory Residential School 27-29 March Noosa Campus

Task Description

Students will attend and participate in a compulsory residential school 27-29 March Noosa campus.


Assessment Due Date

Attendance for 3 days 27 - 29 March 2020 Compulsory


Return Date to Students

Weighting
Pass/Fail

Assessment Criteria



Referencing Style

Submission

No submission method provided.


Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Demonstrate a range of direct practice skills and techniques in the practical application of the chosen therapeutic approach


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Audio Visual Demonstration and Critical Reflection Role Play

Task Description

ASSESSMENT PRODUCT 1 (40 marks)
During the past three years of study, you have been exposed to simulated learning in the form of role plays at residential schools under the supervision of experienced practitioners and/or academics. These workshops highlighted the value of role plays for developing practice skills. They also highlighted some of the risks associated with role plays including the possible triggering of past experiences and/or the boundaries between role play and personal presentation being crossed. As the development of an audio visual demonstration will occur in an unsupervised environment students are required to undertake considered thought and preparation before arranging or engaging in the role play.

Task Requirement
You are to produce a fifteen minute audio visual recording of yourself in the role of social worker in training (SWIT) and another student or adult volunteer in the role of client. This AV demonstration will highlight the application of the deep listening and advanced clinical skills required to navigate and negotiate a client problem or concern to a role play case scenario in a therapeutic context. It is strongly recommended that your case scenario involves a voluntary client situation. You are to develop your own role play scenario. You may choose to submit an individual or family casework or case management scenario. You are required to demonstrate application of your social work practice framework in an assessment interview incorporating the relevant theories, skills and values that exemplify professional practice.
You will be informed by:
- Assessment frameworks relevant to the context and presenting issues or needs; and
- Advanced clinical skills congruent with an ethical helping relationship; and
- Theories of change relevant to the client's needs and eclecticism ; and
- Ecological systems perspective; or
- Strengths perspective; or
- Brief solutions focused approach; or
- Narrative perspective; or
- Approaches learned through your first social work placement and / or practice experience

Requirements for the role play that must be adhered to:
- Students are not to undertake a role play that considers the following practice issues: abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, and/or verbal); trauma and/or suicide.
- Students are required to carefully read documents; Student Information - Role Play Preparation and Management, and Role Play Information and Consent Form. These documents outline ethical considerations and strategies for minimising risks associated with role plays. All documentation is located on the course Moodle site.
- Students are required to provide a copy of the Role Play Information and Consent Form to all role play participants at least two days prior to the role play and ensure participant's understanding of the content. Additionally students need to inform participants of their right to contact the course coordinator if they have any concerns arising from the role play.
- Students are required to provide a copy of the role play case scenario (developed by student) to all participants at least two days prior to the role play. Social issues presented in the scenario should not be closely related to past, present or future events for the role play participant.
- Students must retain a copy of the signed Role Play Information and Consent Form.
- Students are not to refer to written scripts in the recording of the role play.
- The audio visual recording will be used only for SOWK14005 assessment purposes. Permission will be obtained from both the student and all role play participants if other purposes are being requested.

Duration
The audio visual recording must be 15 minutes in duration (recording range 14 minutes to 16 minutes). Please note: one mark will be deducted for every minute less than 14 minutes and every minute over 16 minutes duration. Viewing will cease once 16 minutes has been reached.
You should focus your role play on the assessment aspect of an intervention in particular navigating and negotiating a client concern or problem. You should select a continuous and unbroken section of your role play for submission. You are encouraged to review the assessment criteria for full details of techniques and skills required for demonstration.

Format
- The audio visual recording is to be uploaded to a cloud drive storage such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or Onedrive and the submission link shared with the Unit Coordinator. Students can contact TASAC for support in accessing and using cloud drive.
- The audio visual recording must be saved in either Windows Media Player or VLC format. Media player and VLC software program are designed for viewing audio visual recordings and are available to download for free from the Internet.
- Before submitting your audio visual recording you must check that the file type extension is either mp4, mpeg, avi, wav or wmv.
- Only in exceptional circumstances will a USB be accepted. Approval must be sought and granted from the Unit Coordinator prior to submission.

Accompanying documentation
- A Role Play Information and Consent Form must be signed by all participants and retained by the student and uploaded to Moodle. Should any issues emerge in relation to the role play experience then the student must be able to produce this consent form as evidence of their preparation and management of their role play.
- An Assessment Cover Sheet and Check List must be completed and also uploaded to Moodle. Ensure the role play submission link (file sharing www link) is documented along with your name and student number.

Submission (Online)
Upload the Assessment Cover Sheet, Checklist, Consent Form and theoretical application transcript to the relevant moodle submission area. Please ensure the web link to your audio visual file is included on the cover sheet.
Please note: An additional copy of the audio visual recording must be retained by the student (on rare occasions recordings have been corrupted or not able to be viewed). A student will receive zero marks for this assessment if they are unable to submit a copy of the audio visual recording when requested by the Unit Coordinator.

ASSESSMENT PRODUCT 2 - Critical Reflection Role Play (20 marks)
Referring to your audio visual demonstration provide a critical analysis and reflection drawing on examples to illustrate your application and integration of theory, skills and values to your practice. Your critique and reflection should be informed by the following prompts:
- What was the context for practice in your scenario and how did your chosen techniques and approach demonstrate contextually responsive practice?
- What were the skills utilised in your assessment scenario? How did your application of these skills demonstrate congruence with your practice framework?
- What social work values were represented in your practice in the role play? How did you demonstrate these and why?
- What theories informed your approach and how are these theories connected to your social work practice framework?
- Were there times where you deviated from your practice framework or chosen approach? What happened and what is your reflection and analysis of this?
- What adjustments may need to be made when working with a client or family from an Indigenous Australian background or from a culturally or linguistically diverse background?
- What are your recommendations for your future practice going into your final placement?

Instructions
References MUST be included to support analysis.

Submission (Online)
Via Moodle

Word Limit
1500 words
The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, abstract, contents page and reference list. It includes in-text references and direct quotations.

Weighting
60%


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Monday (4 May 2020) 5:00 pm AEST

Submission via moodle


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Monday (18 May 2020)

AV submissions will be returned to students within 2-3 weeks.


Weighting
60%

Assessment Criteria




  • Referencing Style

    Submission
    Online

    Submission Instructions
    As described above

    Learning Outcomes Assessed
    • Demonstrate a range of direct practice skills and techniques in the practical application of the chosen therapeutic approach
    • Critically evaluate and reflect on the skills and techniques demonstrated in the practical application of the chosen therapeutic approach and developing social work practice
    • Critically evaluate therapeutic models and their relevancy and practical application to social work practice contexts


    Graduate Attributes
    • Communication
    • Problem Solving
    • Critical Thinking
    • Information Literacy
    • Information Technology Competence
    • Cross Cultural Competence
    • Ethical practice

    3 Written Assessment

    Assessment Title
    SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE FRAMEWORK: A Critical Evaluation

    Task Description

    ASSESSMENT PRODUCT - A Critical Evaluation
    Your practice framework evolves and adapts over time and is contextually responsive. Your practice framework helps guide your practice and influences your social work professional identity. It should be informed by social work values, relevant theories, methods, skills and broader policy context.

    Your essay should specify how your practice framework theorises Indigenous issues and constructs relevant practice responses with Indigenous peoples. You are to present your practice framework in written form paying particular attention to how your framework is integrated to your practice.

    Your submission should include reference to practice theories (micro and macro theories of change e.g psychodynamic, attachment theory, anti-oppressive, critical and Feminist perspectives) that influence how you work in direct practice as a social worker in training. This requires you to describe the therapeutic approaches and skills that exemplify advanced direct practice. You should provide examples of how this is applied in practice.

    You are to evaluate the strengths and limitations of your practice framework and its elements including identifying where and how adjustments may need to be made in your future practice. You are to identify and explain how you will further develop particular components of your practice framework for advanced direct practice including making reference to how you may implement these learning goals in your final social work placement. The written product will include an appendix of your visual representation or metaphor of your practice framework.

    WORD LIMIT
    1500 words
    The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, abstract, contents page and reference list. It includes in-text references and direct quotations.


    Assessment Due Date

    Week 12 Friday (5 Jun 2020) 6:00 pm AEST

    Moodle


    Return Date to Students

    Exam Week Monday (15 Jun 2020)


    Weighting
    40%

    Assessment Criteria


    Referencing Style

    Submission
    Online

    Submission Instructions
    Submission through Moodle

    Learning Outcomes Assessed
    • Critically evaluate therapeutic models and their relevancy and practical application to social work practice contexts
    • Critically evaluate therapeutic approaches and skills for different cultural contexts including working in Indigenous contexts.


    Graduate Attributes
    • Communication
    • Problem Solving
    • Critical Thinking
    • Information Literacy
    • Information Technology Competence
    • Cross Cultural Competence
    • Ethical practice

    Academic Integrity Statement

    As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

    Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

    When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

    Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

    As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

    What is a breach of academic integrity?

    A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

    Why is academic integrity important?

    A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

    Where can I get assistance?

    For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

    What can you do to act with integrity?