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SOW 110P - Social Work Service Learning Practicum

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: SOW 101 , Eligible for ENG 101L  

This course describes how fieldwork and servant leadership is an essential component of professional development for anyone pursuing a career in Social Work. The focus of this course is to provide the student with an introduction to the many aspects of practice within the social work profession, as well as to provide “hands-on” experience in the community setting. All students will be required to complete 100 hours of service. Students must have three current clearances: FBI Fingerprint Clearance (ACT 114), Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Clearance (ACT 34) and Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance (ACT 151). Students must also meet the local requirements of their field or community placement.

Agencies are selected on the basis of the quality of their professional practice, their dedication to addressing social work issues and their social work related interest area.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Apply theories related to social work to realistic situations.
  2. Analyze the efficacy of social work perspectives and theory.
  3. Clarify one’s own needs as a social work student.
  4. Access practical information not available in courses or books.
  5. Describe the organizational and community context of social work practice.
  6. Exhibit skills in working in agencies.
  7. Apply social work values and ethics.
Listed Topics
  1. Types of Social Work agencies
  2. Functions of Social Work agencies
  3. Practicum sites: characteristics to consider
  4. Client assistance
  5. Social Work as a career
  6. Social Work concepts
  7. Functions of Social Work agencies
  8. Laws concerning confidentiality
  9. Interpersonal relationships with co-workers, peers, clients and supervisors
  10. Practicum experiences and community service
  11. Ethical dilemmas
  12. Professional networking
Reference Materials
Current textbook, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 5/28/2013
Last Reviewed: 5/9/2019

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