This course is a co-requisite to SCWK 5083 Field Instruction II (Social Action Field Placement). The purpose of this course is to teach students the historical context, the fundamental concepts, and the direct skills necessary for organizing and enacting social change efforts within diverse contexts, and with diverse groups.

This course is a co-requisite to SCWK 5083 Field Instruction II (Social Action Field Placement).

The pursuit of social justice is a core value of both social work education and social work practice.  The purpose of this course is to teach students the historical context, the fundamental concepts, and the direct skills necessary for organizing and enacting social change efforts within diverse contexts and with diverse groups. Students will be exposed to various theories of social change, multiple modes of working for social change, and techniques for strategizing for maximum effectiveness in pursuing change efforts. Students will be expected to use their knowledge in an applied manner in their Social Action Field Placements (SCWK 5083). The course evaluation method is Pass or Fail.

This course is a co-requisite to the social action field placement. The purpose of this course is to teach students the historical context, the fundamental concepts, and the direct practice skills necessary for organizing and enacting social change efforts within diverse contexts and with diverse groups.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the nature of substance abuse impacting individuals, families, and communities in the context of social work practice. Students will be introduced to various theoretical perspectives and practices of addictions treatment and prevention. The various mood-altering drugs will be examined and the physical and psychosocial consequences of their use will be discussed as well as a beginning examination of the identification, assessment, and treatment. Students will have an opportunity to focus on areas of special interest in the field of addictions and will critically reflect on their own attitudes and knowledge about addiction throughout the course.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  1. To begin to develop an understanding of addiction and recovery.
  2. To develop a beginning knowledge of mood altering substances.
  3. To understand the physical, and psychosocial consequences of substance abuse and addiction.
  4. To gain beginning skills for identification, assessment and intervening of addiction related problems
  5. To develop an understanding of gender, race, age and culture in alcohol and other drug use.

 STRUCTURE AND FORMAT

The class will meet three hours on Thursday evening at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM per week during the fall semester.  Course objectives will be achieved through a variety of learning opportunities such as lecture presentations on topics relevant to addictions and practice issues, audio-visual material, class discussion, role plays, outside class and other experiential exercises. This course will utilize a variety of instructional/experiential teaching methods which will include: instructor lectures based on text chapters and supplemental readings, class discussions and exercises, small group sharing of reflection questions, related video clips, outside class activities (abstaining experiment, attend an open 12 step meeting…) and guest speakers.

REQUIRED READINGS

Assigned by Instructor