Kate Allen, LCSW, Ph.D.
Spring 1999 Classes
On Sabbatical for Fall 1998 Semester
General Course Descriptions
SWRK 235A/B: HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT
This two-semester course investigates the major forces of human development from the prenatal period through death. The fall semester offering focuses on normal development by looking at the capacities, opportunities, and hazards of each stage of the life cycle. With the intrapsychic structure as our home base, we study how personality develops within levels of power--interactions with families, community, and society. Last, we examine the strengths,resistances, and injuries which ensue from societal forces of social class, race, culture, gender, sexuality, and by the rapid rate of change in societal values and institutions.
The spring semester course is a study of how personalities function when challenged in a variety of ways. Covering the major fields within which social workers practice, we view the effects of child abuse and neglect, substance abuse, domestic violence, mental and physical illness, disability, grief, and stress in individual, group and community living. We begin the development of the student's theoretical framework for the practice of social work with individuals, including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and psycho-spiritual frames of reference. The approach in both courses is based heavily on the connection of theory to practice.
SWRK 204C/D: ADVANCED GENERALIST PRACTICE IN SOCIAL WORK
Whereas the foundation generalist practice courses (SWRK 204A/B) enabled students to work with clients within a problem-solving model, this two-semester practice course asks the student to employ major theoretical frameworks (from SWRK 235B) in assessing and intervening in clients' lives to improve their cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning. We study specific practice with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, organizations, and communities which results in accountable outcomes.
The fall semester course affords particular attention to the social worker's use of self, personal stress-management, and one's role in building healthy social agencies. The spring semester examines the supervisory role, client advocacy, policy-building, and self-assessment as a tool of becoming an independent social work practitioner. Both classes employ the case method as the central learning mode.
SWRK 223: DSM-IV and Psychopharmacology
Although serving primarily as a skills course, SWRK 223 also provides the student with a context in which to view this psychiatric diagnostic protocol: the history of its development, the use and abuse of DSM-IV in today's psychiatric, medical and social work practices, and critical analysis of this diagnostic system. The student will learn the functions of the five DSM-IV axes, the mechanics of selecting and justifying diagnoses, basic psychiatric diagnostic vocabulary, and typical medications used with the major diagnostic areas. This course makes heavy use of cases and drills.
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