Syllabus - University of Michigan School of Social Work
F ‘04: SW 624 - IP w/ Groups Prof. R.M. Ortega 6 WHAT? What is the problem or situation that requires immediate attention? SO WHAT? What makes this problem or situation, and the urgency in addressing it at this time so crucial? Is there data to support the need? NOW WHAT? Given the answers to the above questions, what must be done? Offer justification for the direction you have chosen in order to address the problem or situation. Is there already an exemplary group work model that you can draw from with demonstrated success? (Note: Remember to cite relevant (recent) literature that supports important points you have presented in this section.) (c) Purpose: Stated briefly, what is the purpose of the group? (In stating the purpose, does it lend itself to observation and measurement?) (d) Procedure: How will the group conduct its work? What will the worker do to assist the group in achieving its purpose? (e) Agency Sponsorship: Who is the sponsoring agency? (What is the mission of the agency and is the purpose of the group consistent with the agency's mission?) What resources does the agency have available to the group? (f) Membership: What specific target population will be selected and why? What methods will be used to recruit members? What criteria will be used to include and exclude members and what practical considerations are taken into account in group composition (e.g., size, race/ethnicity, gender, age, other demographic characteristics, open vs. closed, voluntary vs. involuntary). (g) Contact: How many sessions are planned? How often will the group meet each week? How long will each session last? When will sessions be held (i.e., time of day)? (h) Environment: What physical (i.e., room, space, materials), fiscal (budget) and other special arrangements (e.g., transportation, childcare) will be made to accommodate the group? (i) Member Orientation: What specific procedures will be used to prepare (j) members for membership? Monitoring and Evaluation: What aspects of group progress will be monitored and evaluated? How will those aspects be monitored and evaluated? (Proposal must be typed, double-spaced, and proofread. It should not exceed 8 pages in length.)
F ‘04: SW 624 - IP w/ Groups Prof. R.M. Ortega 7 SESSION SUMMARY I. KNOWLEDGE BASE OF GROUPS AND GROUP WORK SESSION 1: (9/9): Introduction: Definition of Group SESSION 2: (9/16): Social Work with Groups: From Theory to Practice SESSION 3: (9/23): Group Work and Underrepresented Populations (In-class Quiz) SESSION 4: (9/30): Social Work with Groups: Values, Ethics and Professional Guidelines II. ACHIEVING CHANGE THROUGH SMALL GROUPS SESSION 5 (10/7): Group Structure and Formation (Assignment #1 Due) SESSION 6 (10/14): Group Process and Development SESSION 7 (10/21): Group Leadership: Roles, Functions and Guidelines III. GROUP PRACTICE CONTEXTS SESSION 8 (10/28): Treatment Groups: Foundation and Specialized Methods(Assignment #2 Due) SESSION 9 (11/4): Task Groups: Foundation and Specialized Methods III. PHASES OF GROUP WORK PRACTICE SESSION 10 (11/11): Pre-Group and Formation SESSION 11 (11/18): Beginning Group (Assignment #3 Due) SESSION 12 (11/25): *** THANKSGIVING *** SESSION 13 (12/2): Groups in Transitions SESSION 14 (12/9): Ending Groups SESSION 15 (12/16): Assessment and Evaluation / Summary / Wrap-Up (Final Assignment Due) COURSE OUTLINE In the following outline, I have indicated required reading as a double asterisk (**) and recommended readings by a single asterisk (*). Articles designated (e) can be retrieved electronically. I. KNOWLEDGE BASE OF GROUPS AND GROUP WORK SESSION 1: (September 9): A. Introduction: Definition of Group **Toseland & Rivas (TEXT): Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Historical Developments; (e) Andrews, J. (2001). Group work’s place in social work: An historical analysis. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 28(4): 45-65. McGrath, J.E. (1984). Chapter One: Groups and human behavior. Groups: Interactions and Performance.