Residency Session Abstracts
As part of your professional career as a social worker, you will have to face ethical dilemmas that require you to evaluate your own morals and values in relation to the care of your clients resulting in a myriad of possible responses. To prepare for real and complicated ethical challenges that lie ahead, it is important to understand the complexities of ethical decision making. This session is intended to promote critical thinking ability and provide you with opportunities to better understand why you make the ethical decisions that you do.
Engagement and Assessment
During this session, you will be given information to explain and utilize skills of engagement. With other students, you will discuss the purpose of authenticity and empathy during engagement and assessment as well as practice assessment skills.
The faculty members are a resource for you. As such, you are invited to make optional advising appointments with faculty advisors who can answer questions regarding your professional development as a social worker.
This seminar introduces you, as a student, to your field experience. At the end of this session, you will be able to explain the purpose of field education as the signature pedagogy, identify key field personnel, and explain the requirements of field placements.
During this session, you will consider the various dimensions and theories of group work and identify factors that contribute to group outcomes and group dynamics. Student will apply the practice skills that contribute to group formation, implementation, and termination.
From this presentation, you will be given information to identify how to choose an evidence-based intervention, explain the importance of using a strengths-based approach, and understand the roles and skills used as a generalist practitioner.
Introduction to the Profession
As a new social worker, you will be socialized to the profession during this presentation. You will define the profession of “social work”; identify, discuss, and apply the three levels of social work interventions; and address common myths about the social work profession.
We will review the experience of residency, address any additional questions that you might have regarding the content covered, and discuss next steps in the MSW program during this session.
As part of this seminar, you will be given the information to analyze organizations and their functions within the context of systems theory. You will distinguish between for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and identify practices and strategies that facilitate coalition development.
Safety in Field
Social workers need to understand and mitigate the general safety risks that can be part of your profession. During this session, you will discuss with other students the use of a safety assessment, understand the importance of a safety plan, identify potential safety risks, and review strategies for addressing safety risks.
The purpose of this seminar is to introduce you to writing at the graduate level. Topics include APA style, paraphrasing, plagiarism, grammar, and resources within the university to help you achieve your writing goals.
Working With Communities
In this seminar, you will be given the information to analyze how the concept of “community” is defined. You will examine communities as social systems composed of multiple interactions and identify and apply community-organizing strategies that facilitate community development.
Working With Individuals and Families: The Mandated Client
Through this session, students will understand the differences in a practice model for voluntary clients versus involuntary clients. Other topics include the benefits of using family solution-focused therapy with mandated clients and understanding practice techniques that help build a client-centered therapeutic relationship with mandated clients.