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Unit Introduction and What You Will Learn

Week 11 is a continuation of the work we started in Week 10 Planning in Generalist Practice. This week takes some specific aspects of planning and getting started with the change process and has students dive into more depth with interactive activities. The plan is as follows:

Unit Resources

We will be talking some about documentation. Reamer provides a useful description of what social workers should be thinking about in regards to documentation. He reports about six primary functions of documentations. These include:

(1) assessment and planning; (2) service delivery; (3) continuity and coordination of services; (4) supervision; (5) service evaluation; and (6) accountability to clients, insurers, agencies, other providers, courts, and utilization review bodies. (p. 326)

I would recommend student take some time and review the article and consider how it will impact their documentation.


Reamer, F. G. (2005). Documentation in social work: evolving ethical and risk-management standards. Social Work, 50(4), 325-334.

The slides for this week can be found at This week is SOWK 486 Week 11: Lab Day - Social Work Planning.

View SOWK 86 - Week 11 - Lab Day - Social Work Planning.

We also watch a short talk by Burns (2014) during class that is a pretty powerful story. If you are interested in finding it later the following would be the reference for it:

TEDx Talks. (2014). Feeling good David Burns TEDxReno [Video]. YouTube.

Unit Assignments

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