Psychosocial Themes in Health Practice

Subject SCWK90033 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: To be advised
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Selection into the MSW Clinical or MSW Health (coursework only) or as approved by the RAGS coordinator
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Social Work
The University of Melbourne
Level 5, 234 Queensberry St
Carlton Victoria 3053 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 9400
F: +61 3 9347 4375

Subject Overview: The aim of this subject is to reflect on and develop direct practice knowledge and skills related to key psychosocial issues that span and are common to most fields of health social work practice. This focus will enable students to develop insight and advanced practice theory and skills around these critical areas. The subject will aim to increase and strengthen the capacity of students to identify and intervene in these emotionally challenging areas with increased skill and confidence. The course will commence with a discussion of the link between generalist and specialties direct social work practice and then move to an exploration of critical issues in health and how these impact on the practice of health social work. These will include trauma and loss, recovery and resilience, bereavement, palliative care and end of life issues, adaptation and rehabilitation, domestic violence, abuse and neglect. In each instance theoretical knowledge will be combined with the opportunity to develop skills related to the practice of social work as it relates to these key issues.
Objectives: To be advised
Assessment: A written assignment totaling 5000 words 100% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts: A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • critically think about and analyze practice;
  • communicate such thinking in the form of written materials;
  • think creatively about the development of programs;
  • demonstrate understand the social ethical and cultural context.
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