Introduction to Social Work
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPSY 3850
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course introduces students to the challenges and goals of social work and to the history of social welfare. We focus on the essentials of therapeutic practice with individuals, couples, groups, and the community. We explore the skills needed in working with a range of cases, from the high-functioning private practice client to the disturbed patient in crisis. We look at a range of work settings for social workers, from private clinical practice to mental health settings such as child welfare, health care, gerontology, and justice and corrections, as well as policy and international work. We also review the career trajectory for social workers, from entering graduate school to beginning professional practice. Assignments include exercises that simulate therapeutic encounters.