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Unit Introduction and What You Will Learn

Week seven and the topic of counterproductive communication builds on week six, which generally looks at just skills related to communication. Communication happens all of the time, and through both verbal and nonverbal patterns. As social workers, we have an obligation to look at how we are communicating and make an attempt to not be putting up barriers to have communication flow freely. The agenda for class this week is as follows:

Unit Assignments

A-01: Class Attendance and Engagement

Attend class

Assignment 02: Reading Quiz

Complete W-07 A-02 Hepworth et al. (2022) Chapter(s) 07.

Assignment 03: Theory and Practice Integrative Paper

Meta: Points 100 pts (25% of final grade); Deadline Friday 10/06/23 at 11:55 PM; Completion via My Heritage Assignments as an uploaded paper. Submission Location and PDF Description and Rubric

Purpose: Students show the integration of theories of practice into their real-world implementation through the assigned Theory and Practice Integrative Paper. Students work with a partner to describe an interprofessional conceptual framework, a fictional client, and the implementation of direct practice with a client using the framework.

Task: Working in groups of two, students will author a paper describing a theory of practice and how a practitioner would implement it working with an individual client. Students may choose any interprofessional conceptual framework related to social work they want to discuss. Hepworth et al. (2022) provide the orienting frameworks for social, including ecosystems perspective, strengths perspective, cultural humility, anti-oppressive practices, trauma-informed care, and evidence-based practices. Other notable examples include the feminist perspective, developmental theories, and other theories described in human behavior and the social environment. Students can approach this project with creativity in how they portray the information, but it must consist of the following minimum parts:

Success: Successful papers are evaluated using the APA Research Paper Rubric, which includes assessing the paper content, APA formatting, spelling, grammar, timeliness, and length. Each paper should be between 1,250 and 1,500 words in length. Feedback from the instructor will be completed no later than mid-term grades due by the faculty on 10/18/23 at 5:00 PM.

APA Research Paper Rubric

Description Initial Emerging Developed Highly Developed
Paper Content: General Content (relevant, legitimate, and follows syllabus topics) The paper does not match the assignment description or includes false or misleading information. The paper tangentially follows the course syllabus but misses some of the significant aspects of the assignment directly. It presents primarily relevant facts but cannot connect the research to a broader understanding of the study area. The paper appears to fit within the assignment description’s general idea but is disconnected from the finer points of the assignment implementation. The paper is based on credible sources and develops an argument for the presented information. The paper’s content is of high quality and written scientifically, using accurate sources and information. It adheres to the assignment description.
Paper Content: Organization
(logical order, smooth transitions, and logical reasoning)
The paper’s content is disconnected, and following themes and ideas throughout the document is challenging. The author jumps between these themes and concepts without any type of transition. The paper is either driven by emotional or individualized arguments, lacking research-based evidence or logical reasoning. The paper content is generally presented in a logical sequence. The themes of the paper are not correctly grouped. There are limited transitions used. Some of the writing includes emotional or individualized arguments. The paper content is generally presented in a logical sequence. Some of the themes of the paper are not rationally organized. Most of the themes include transitions. The basis of the writing is primarily using research-based evidence or logical reasoning. The paper’s content is presented in a logical order. The themes and ideas presented in the essay use smooth transitions. The argument in the writing uses logical reasoning and uses research-based evidence.
Paper Content: General Feel (compelling and engaging writing) The paper’s content is exasperating to read. There is a lack of variation in vocabulary and writing techniques. The paper’s content is readable. There is limited variation in writing techniques and vocabulary. The paper’s content is interesting. There is some variation in writing techniques and vocabulary. The paper’s content is written compellingly and encourages the audience to continue reading. There is a variance in writing techniques and vocabulary used to introduce topics.
APA Formatting: Tone
(preferred terminology, formally written, and appropriate use of the first person)
The paper inappropriately uses the first person in multiple instances. There are numerous examples of colloquial phrases and or informal manners of writing. The topics are not clearly identified or described. There are many problems with APA writing conventions and style. There are a couple of uses of first-person. The paper has much of it that is written more formally and follows the APA writing conventions. The paper is predominantly written using the third person, with one slip into inappropriately used first person. Colloquial phrases are limited, and the report is generally written formally. Most of the APA writing conventions are used. The paper is written using the third person, does not use colloquial phrases, and topics are clearly described in a way that the reader can understand. The report appropriately uses APA writing conventions (i.e., numbers, quotes, abbreviations, etc.)
APA Formatting: Page Format
(paper sections, headers and footers, page layout, and spacing)
The paper has more than four problems related to APA formatting. The paper has three or four problems related to APA formatting. The paper has one or two problems related to APA formatting. The paper has no found problems related to APA formatting. The document includes a title page, an abstract if the syllabus requires it, a title at the beginning of the paper, and a reference page. The headings for these pages are correctly labeled. The report is double-spaced.
APA Formatting: Reference List (reference style and formatting) The reference list does not look like it follows the APA formatting or completely lacks a reference list. The reference list has some entries that do not fit into the APA reference entry formats. There are many problems with formatting errors. The reference list generally looks like a properly formatted reference list. Some minor errors are related to missing information or formatting issues (potential problems with italics, periods, and commas). The reference list looks like an APA reference list (i.e., double-spaced, hanging indent). The authors’ names are correctly formatted. The reference list includes proper use of italics and appropriate information in each entry with proper formatting. The correct type of reference list entry is used for each reference.
APA Formatting: In-Text Citation (inclusion of style and formatting) The paper is lacking in in-text citations. Any citations that are used do not follow the APA formatting. The paper includes limited information that should be cited, but no in-text citations are included. There are errors in formatting the citations. The paper has in-text citations in all required parts. There are some minor errors in the formatting of the citations or missing necessary information. The citations generally look like APA in-text citations. In-text citations are used in all parts of the paper that are not the writer’s original ideas as necessary. The in-text citations are formatted correctly and include all of the required information. Variations of parenthetical and narrative citations are used in the writing.
Spelling and grammatical (grammar and writing mechanics) The paper has many spelling and grammatical errors. The paper has some spelling and grammatical errors. The paper has one or two spelling and or grammatical errors. Grammar and writing mechanics are correctly adhered to.
Timeliness The paper is submitted more than 48 hours after the deadline, as described in the syllabus. The paper is submitted 48 hours after the deadline, as described in the syllabus. The paper is submitted within 24 hours of the deadline, as described in the syllabus. The paper is submitted by or before the deadline listed in the description.
Length The paper is more than 100 words over or under the described word length. The paper is 50 words over or under the described word length. The paper is a few words over or under the described word length. The paper is within the described word length.

Unit Resources

Make sure you read through the APA Style Page Format in preparation for you paper. There are also Example Student Papers that show how your word document should be put together.

I really appreciate feedback about teaching and my courses. There is an opportunity to provide mid-term feedback. I read the feedback and find it helpful. You can access the survey by going to SOWK 486W Survey

You can find all of the presentations that I’ve done at The slides for this week, Fall 2023 SOWK 486w Week 07 - Counterproductive Communication

You can find the recording of all of our classes in the lecture videos for this course. You can find [Fall 2023 SOWK 486w 1 - Week 07]().

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