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Unit Introduction and What You Will Learn

This week is a guest presentation from Judy Dirks about the Vagus nerve.

Unit Resources

Judy will be talking some about the Vagus nerve (Read the basics about it on Wikipedia). One aspect that she will be talking about is the the Polyvagal Perspective (Porges, 2007). In looking at the topic of the Vagus nerve, there is a lot that is happening right now in a number of different different fields. Cimpianu et al. (2017) provide an overview of many recent studies looking into Vagus nerve stimulation and its use in mental health treatment.

You can view SOWK 486 - Week 13 - Vagus Nerve with Guest Presenter Judy Dirks

View SOWK 486 - Week 13 - Vagus Nerve with Guest Presenter Judy Dirks.


Porges, S. W. (2007). The polyvagal perspective. Biological Psychology, 74(2), 116-143.

Cimpianu, C.-L., Strube, W., Falkai, P., Palm, U., & Hasan, A. (2017). Vagus nerve stimulation in psychiatry: A systematic review of the available evidence. Journal of Neural Transmission, 124(1), 145-158.

Unit Assignments

A-01: Class Engagement and Participation

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A-04: Interviewing Skills Video Role-Play and Reflection Paper

Worth 200 points, or 50% of the student’s final grade, the assessment assignment has two parts, each worth 100 points. Used as a key assignment for SOWK 486, the interviewing skills video role-play and reflection paper assignment have two distinct components. This assignment gives you the opportunity to view yourself in the role of a social worker conducting an interview. The goal is to self-critique your engagement and interviewing skills. Students without access to video equipment (a smartphone video recording is sufficient) should see the professor for guidance.

Assignment 04a: Interviewing Skills Video Role-Play

Meta: Points 100 pts (25% of student’s final grade); Deadline Friday 11/19/21 by 11:55 PM; Completion Students will post a forum in Assignment 4a Forum that they can find in the assignments Assignment 04a: Interviewing Skills Video Role-Play of MyHeritage.

Purpose: The Interviewing Skills Video Role-Play supports students in confirming the acquisition of interviewing skills (application of person in the environment, empathetic responding, reflective responding, and other interpersonal skills).

Task: Students will work with a partner to record a 10 to 15-minute interview. The interview should be of an initial meeting with a social worker and a fictional client. Students have the freedom to develop their own settings for the interview. This assignment is designed to offer the student the opportunity to demonstrate competency six, which is “engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities” (CSWE, 2015, p. 8). The following is the language used in education and policy standards for the CSWE (2015):

Social workers understand that engagement is an ongoing component of the dynamic and interactive process of social work practice with and on behalf of diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Social workers value the importance of human relationships. Social workers understand theories of human behavior and the social environment, and critically evaluate and apply this knowledge to facilitate engagement with clients and constituencies, including individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Social workers understand strategies to engage diverse clients and constituencies to advance practice effectiveness.

Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage with clients and constituents.

Use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage diverse clients and constituencies (pp 8-9).

The following are the instructions for this assignment:

Success: Each student will submit a video of themselves that demonstrates their use of interviewing skills. Grades will be based on the Practice Behaviors Rubric, which evaluates students based on the CSWE competency six. In addition, the Engagement and Micro Skills Role-Play Rubric evaluates students regarding the actual role-play video looking at content, organization, and skills. Feedback from the instructor will be completed by no later than Sunday, 12/05/21.

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