Methodology of Social Work I (with modules on Principles and Foundations of Social Work and Procedures and Techniques of Social Work) PROF. FRANCESCA MACI; PROF. BRUNO BORTOLI; PROF. ANNA MARIA ABBURRÀ Methodology of Social Work Module (Prof. Francesca Maci) COURSE AIMS This course sets out to provide the basic concepts regarding the nature and purposes of social work in general, and the functions of the social worker specifically, with reference to the ethical and methodological principles guiding the profession. These basic concepts will be tackled by providing an initial practical overview, through an examination of the main stages in the helping process, and of various techniques and operative procedures used in social work. COURSE CONTENT 1. Specific features of the functions of social work: 1.1 The purpose of social work as a profession and as a discipline: coping with life tasks. 1.2 Social work and the professional social services. 1.3 Differences and connections between the profession of social worker and other similar professions. 2. The helping process: the stages of problem solving as applied to social work. 3. Analysis of the stages of the helping process: the assessment. 3.1 Needs assessment: sources and tools. 3.3 The dimension of time in the assessment process. 3.4 The concept of resource. 4. Analysis of the stages of the helping process: planning intervention, and criteria for setting objectives and evaluating strategies. 5. Analysis of the stages of the helping process: carrying out intervention. Main types of direct and indirect interventions carried out by the social worker. 6. Analysis of the stages of the helping process: checking and concluding an intervention. READING LIST The reading list will be announced in lectures. TEACHING METHOD Classroom lectures. ASSESSMENT METHOD Written and oral exam. NOTES Further information can be found on the lecturer's webpage at http://docenti.unicatt.it/web/searchByName.do?language=ENG, or on the Faculty notice board. Principles and Foundations of Social Work Module (Prof. Bruno Bortoli) COURSE AIMS The course is intended to focus on the conceptual features of the Social Work profession, and on the characteristics of the context and period in which it developed. In particular, it will look at: the socio-cultural dimensions – exemplified through various keywords – which inform its professional methodology, its framework of values as well as the functions it performs in the various fields of intervention. COURSE CONTENT The keywords of the profession Need, suffering Help, care Helping relationship Knowledge, skills and values The values of the Social Services The values and principles of the profession Ethical code Moral dilemmas Understanding the profession Welfare and Social State Social services in Italy READING LIST S. BANKS, Etica e valori nel servizio sociale, Erickson, Trento, 1999 (certain sections). B. BORTOLI, I giganti del lavoro sociale, Erickson, Trento, 2006 (certain sections). M.L. RAINERI (Editor), Assistente sociale domani, Erickson, Trento 2011, seconda edizione, vol. I (certain sections) Codice Deontologico dell’Assistente Sociale, 2009. Further reading indications will be provided during lectures. TEACHING METHOD Lectures, group work, individual contributions. ASSESSMENT METHOD There will be one exam covering all three modules, and it will be in both written and oral form. NOTES Further information can be found on the lecturer's webpage at http://docenti.unicatt.it/web/searchByName.do?language=ENG, or on the Faculty notice board. Practical Techniques and Procedures Module (Prof. Anna Maria Abburrà) COURSE AIMS The course is intended to provide students with a basic knowledge of the most common working practices in use within organisations that manage social services for individuals in order to fulfil the institutional functions of the social worker, and deliver the main categories of social welfare services. COURSE CONTENT The course is divided into three teaching units. Teaching unit 1. Basic elements of administrative procedures in public social welfare services. Teaching unit 2. Techniques and procedures in interventions for adults with income and housing problems. Teaching unit 3. Techniques and procedures in interventions for situations of lack of self-sufficiency and disability. READING LIST M.L. RAINERI, Linee Guida e procedure di Servizio sociale, Erickson, Trento, 2012. (Chapp. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Texts from practical exercises done in the lectures. Lecture notes and texts from practical exercises all available in the downlaod area on the tutor’s web page (the password will be announced during the course). TEACHING METHOD Teaching will alternate lectures with practical exercises. ASSESSMENT METHOD There is one exam for all three modules (methodology, principles and foundations, practical techniques and procedures) and it consists of both written and oral tests NOTES Further information can be found on the lecturer's webpage at http://docenti.unicatt.it/web/searchByName.do?language=ENG or on the Faculty notice board.