I hope you are all doing well. I know that we Thanksgiving is this week, and many of your teachers don’t have class this week. If you aren’t able to join, just let me know. Otherwise, I think it will be a valuable class session. We will only be online, so there will be no in person portion this week. The link for zoom is on the My Heritage course page (on the main page).
Assessments are an essential aspect of social work and direct practice with clients. We should be participating in assessments of our practice and the interventions that we complete with clients. There are many ways to go through that. The schedule for today is to look at the following:
We are talking about assessment in class this week. It is also time for the evaluation of the class. I do value feedback. The results of the survey tool are confidential so I don’t receive any names related to specific responses. There should be a spot for you to be able to take the evaluation on the sidebar or CourseEval (link might work, it does for me).
Complete the reading for chapter 19 along with the reading quiz which is due 5:30 PM before class via My Heritage
The faculty for this course offers students two different opportunities for extra credit. The first is a smaller assignment for evaluating your own communication style and use of empathetic conversation through a reflective paper. The second is a more intensive research paper looking into evidence-based assessment practices or generalist practice intervention for social workers. These assignments are extra credit and not mandatory.
Meta: Points 25 pts (5% of total grade in extra credit); Deadline Sunday 11/28/21 by 11:55 PM; Completion via My Heritage Assignments as a file upload.
Purpose: The Empathetic Communication Self-Evaluation Reflective Paper provides an avenue for students to self-reflect regarding their communication style and the amount of empathetic communication they participate in.
Task: Students will write a reflective paper that is 500 to 750 words in length. They will consider the empathetic communication scale described in Hepworth et al. (2017) pp. 104 - 108 and relate it to their own communication patterns.
Success: Students will submit a paper that demonstrates strong academic writing and self-reflective skills. Papers are graded according to the reflective paper rubric.
Meta: Points 50 pts (10% of total grade in extra credit); Deadline Sunday 11/28/21 by 11:55 PM; Completion via My Heritage Assignments as a file upload.
Purpose: The Evidence-Based Practice for Assessments or Generalist Practice paper gives students the opportunity to dive into literature related to social worker best practices for working with individuals. This task allows for student to demonstrate knowledge of practice behaviors they will need as future social workers.
Task: This paper is a review of an evidence-based assessment practice or generalist practice intervention for social workers. The paper should be written in APA format both regarding the use of strong academic writing along with proper formatting. The paper will include an introduction, history of the given assessment or intervention, description of the implementation of the intervention, and strengths and limitations of either the research or the intervention itself. The paper should be approximately 1,250 to 1,500 words in length. An abstract is not necessary for this paper, but may be included.
Success: Students will submit a paper that demonstrates academic skills of describing research found in peer-reviewed journal articles. They will be able to demonstrate scientific writing skills.