Introduction to Professional Practice

Usually taken in the sophomore year, this course explores the diverse field of social work practice in and outside the classroom through service in a social service agency. Generalist social work is introduced including strength and empowerment based practice. Students examine the congruence of personal values with professional values, study social work ethics and learn about professional boundaries. Diversity and underserved client populations encountered in social work are discussed. Students will develop an awareness of professional identity, expectations, and practice that integrates the knowledge, values and skills of a social worker. Prerequisite: 210 or concurrent enrollment. OC