Singapore University of Social Sciences

Advanced Clinical Practice I: Working with Individuals

Advanced Clinical Practice I: Working with Individuals (SWK551)


Advanced Clinical Practice I: Working with Individuals presents the basic principles and concepts of clinical work, including the systematic study and differential assessment of human problems in urban societies. Interventions using integrated models of practice with individuals are covered in this course. The emphasis is on assessment and intervention based on several major theories of human behaviour and social work practice including cognitive-behavioural, psycho-dynamic and systems constructs.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN


  • Principles and concepts of clinical social work
  • Stages of change
  • Resistance in therapy
  • Therapeutic Models for intervention
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Case Formulation
  • Working with different populations
  • Crisis intervention
  • Issues in clinical intervention
  • Ethics, values and research in Clinical Social Work
  • Counter-transference
  • Vicarious traumatization and compassion fatigue

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the various models of practice such as psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and multicultural approaches, when working with individuals.
  • Design differential assessments with a variety of client situations.
  • Examine and criticise each model of practice.
  • Formulate interventions in social work situations with a diverse client population.
  • Analyse appropriate ethics and research associated with clinical social work.
  • Appraise the different needs of each population type.
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