Sw 595 Field Education II: Social Work Practice with Adults and Their Families 9 hours




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Approved by MSW Committee: 3/1/06

Approved by Faculty: 04/12/06

Competencies added: 11/10

Prerequisite update: 11/11

The University Of Alabama

School Of Social Work


SW 595 Field Education II: Social Work Practice with Adults and Their Families

9 hours

I. Course Description

This specialization-year course provides the student the opportunity to integrate through direct experience in an educationally supervised environment the knowledge, values, and skills that are necessary for social work practice with adults and their families.


II. General Objectives

Upon successful completion of SW 595 students in all concentrations will be able to demonstrate:


A. Progress toward the goal of autonomous practice, primarily within public and non-profit social service agencies.
B. Responsible and professional conduct.
C. Respect for and professional response to all clients of the field agency with a particular regard for the needs of disadvantaged and underserved persons.
D. Critical reflective thinking in the application of social work theory and evidence-based social work practice technique.
E. An ability to evaluate their own practice.

III. Concentration-Specific Objectives

Students with a concentration in practice with adults and their families who successfully complete the course, will be able to demonstrate:


A. Ability to critically analyze laws and policies relevant to social work practice with adults and their families.
B. Ability to critically and reflectively assess needs, strengths, and functioning of adults and their families within the context of the Life Course Perspective.
C. Ability to apply professional values and ethics to social work practice with adults and their families.
D. Ability to identify strengths and needs of adults and their families in order to develop evidenced-based strategies to enhance functioning.
E. Ability to critically analyze and reflectively apply evidence-based interventions with adults and their families.
F. Ability to use instruction and supervision for professional growth.
G. Ability to evaluate practice processes and outcomes.
H. Ability to engage in advocacy activities.

IV. Prerequisites

Successful completion of the professional foundation. Successful completion of first semester concentration courses. Co-requisite if taken in Washington, DC: SW 501.


V. Major Content Areas

A. Major state and federal policies relevant to the placement setting

B. Assess needs, strengths, and functioning of adults and their families using a Life

Course Perspective

C. Application of professional values and ethics

D. Develop evidence-based strategies to enhance functioning

E. Evidence-based interventions

F. Supervision/instruction for professional growth

G. Practice outcome evaluation

H. Advocacy strategies


VI. Core Competencies


  • 2.1.1 Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.

  • 2.1.2 Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.

  • 2.1.3 Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

  • 2.1.4 Engage diversity and difference in practice.

  • 2.1.5 Advance human rights and social and economic justice.

  • 2.1.6 Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

  • 2.1.7 Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

  • 2.1.8 Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.

  • 2.1.9 Respond to contexts that shape practice.

  • 2.1.10(a) Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

  • 2.1.10(b) Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

  • 2.1.10(c) Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

  • 2.1.10(d) Evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.



VII. Disability Policy
Any student who because of a disability may need special arrangements or accommodations to meet the requirements of a course must present documentation of the disability to the Office for Disability Services (348-4285). This office will prepare letters to the student’s instructors that indicate the accommodation to which the student is entitled. It is the student’s responsibility to present the accommodation letter to each of his/her instructors. Questions or concerns about special arrangements or accommodations should be directed to the Office for Disability Services and/or the Office of the Assistant Dean in The School of Social Work.


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