Singapore University of Social Sciences

Social Work Practice I: Social Casework and Family Intervention

Social Work Practice I: Social Casework and Family Intervention (SWK401)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Social Work Practice I: Social Casework & Family Intervention is the systematic application of knowledge and skills for purposeful therapeutic change. The person-in-environment theories including systems theories and problem-solving model emphasize individual and family in interaction with the social environment. Using the conceptual framework of developmental needs for the choice of models for assessment and intervention in a variety of practice settings, the course incorporates the social work process of engagement, assessment, planning, implementation, intervention, evaluation, and termination. The strengths-based, planned change perspectives also emphasized the development a professional relationship with clients and the client network.

Level: 4
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • What is social work
  • Roles of social workers and ethics
  • Systems and ecological model
  • Psychodynamic Theory
  • Strengths perspective
  • Intake and assessment
  • Case plan and intervention
  • Evaluation and termination
  • Phases of the helping relationship
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Use of self in social work
  • Risk and crisis management

Learning Outcome

  • Apply major theoretical practice theories for working with individuals and families.
  • Evaluate individuals and families holistically, based on a synthesis of knowledge of biological, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual influences
  • Discuss commonly encountered ethical issues and principles in work with diverse individuals and families and learn factors to consider in resolving ethical dilemmas
  • Appraise the helping process in the generalist planned change model based on the strengths perspective: engagement, assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, termination.
  • Compare major social work roles such as therapist, counselor, educator, broker, case manager, advocate, facilitator, and mediator
  • Formulate an intervention plan
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