Interpersonal Skills for Professional Practice

Course code SWRK2003Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Professional interpersonal skills and the ability to reflect on and analyse work with a supervisor are taught in a classroom-based workshop.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesDevelopment of professional interpersonal skills, in particular:
1. Attending and listening, verbal and non verbal cues, empathy, genuineness, concreteness, immediacy, confrontation, self disclosure.
2. Understanding of the helping relationship and the role of self.
3. Awareness of one's values.
4. Capacity to reflect on one's own work and to give and receive feedback.
5. Understanding of different contexts for the use of professional interpersonal skills.
6. Understanding of professional interpersonal skills with different client groups e.g. children, involuntary clients.
ContentThe course uses an experiential model where students learn by actively practising the skills involved. Content areas include the skills of interpersonal helping, the helping relationship, giving and receiving feedback constructively, reflecting on work and various contexts for the use of professional interpersonal skills.
Replacing Course(s)SWRK2030A - Field Education 1 Part A.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of all first year social work courses or the completion of the first year of a Bachelor of Speech Pathology Program or a Bachelor of Pyschology Program.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsWorkshop
Assessment Items
JournalSkills Development Learning Journal (minimum 3,500 words and weekly entries). Submitted in week 3, week 8 and at the end of semester. This assessment is graded as satisfactory/unsatisfactory.
Other: (please specify)An oral assessment which requires students to interact for 15 minutes with a "client" (professional actor). The student then reflects on the interaction and prepares for a supervision session with a staff member. This assessment is graded as satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
Students are required to gain a satisfactory result on both assessment items in order to achieve a satisfactory result for this course.
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Speech Pathology and associated combined degree programs.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SWRK2003