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SOCW 6121 Week 1 Discussions 1 & 2 Latest

SOCW 6121 Week 1 Discussions 1 & 2 Latest

SOCW 6121 Week 1 Discussions 1 & 2 Latest

Discussion 1: Introductory Video (Ungraded)

A very important part of social work is connecting with peers. Consulting with colleagues on difficult cases is key to practicing as an ethical clinician. Viewing your colleagues’ videos is a wonderful way to learn the areas of focus of each. Hopefully, the connections you make with colleagues in this course, soon-to-be experts on family theories, will endure throughout your practice as a clinical social worker.

For this ungraded Discussion, record a 2- to 3-minute video introducing yourself to your colleagues.

  •        State your name, your geographic location, and your area of interest in social work.: Advanced clinical
  •        Describe your experience in working with groups and families, whether as a participant, leader, and/or observer (e.g., agency committee, interdisciplinary team, book club, church group).
  •        Describe what you are hoping to gain from this course.
  •        If you are comfortable doing so, relate a fun fact about yourself, such as hobbies, personal interests, or experiences.

Upload your video using the Mashup Tool in the classroom. For instructions on how to upload your video, refer to the Kaltura Media Uploader area on the course navigation menu.


Post your video.

To upload your media to this discussion thread, use the Kaltura Media option from the mashup tool drop-down menu. Refer to the Kaltura Media Uploader area in the course navigation menu for more information about how to upload media to the course.

Discussion 2: Family Theory

Murray Bowen is one of the most respected family theorists in the field of family therapy. Bowen views the family unit as complex and believes it is important to understand the interactions among the members in order to solve problems. Satir and Minuchin also advanced family therapy with their concepts and models. As a clinical social worker, using these models (along with having an ecological perspective) can be very effective in helping clients.

For this Discussion, review the “Petrakis Family” case history and video session.

Post (using two concepts of Bowen’s family theory) a discussion and analysis of the events that occurred after Alec moved in with his grandmother up until Helen went to the hospital. If you used the concepts of structural family therapy, how would your analysis of the situation be different? Which family theory did you find to be most helpful in your analysis? Finally, indicate whether Satir’s or Minuchin’s model is the more strength-based model. Why?

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