HCS202 Social Work Theory and Practice 2 - Micro Practice (8)


This subject uses an issues-based approach to studying theory and practice in Human Services. It develops students' intervention skills with a focus on working with individuals and families and on use of self in practice. The subject builds on the micro skills developed in HCS200.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalDubbo Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS202
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • successfully conduct an interview from beginning to end, in a range of practice contexts
  • identify and apply an appropriate theoretical framework for casework inteventions (including practice theories and theory for practice)
  • demonstrate understanding of principles of case management
  • demonstrate critical reflection of own casework practice, identifying strengths and areas for further development
  • critically reflect on their own behaviour and use of self in groups
  • apply critical thinking skills to evaluate client situations and generate appropriate responses
  • critically evaluate their professional practice and how they have applied their values and knowledge in individual client casework and case management
  • determine and use appropriate and sensitive communication practices as they apply to professional practice with individuals and families


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theoretical frameworks of the main therapeutic interventions and their application in practice with individuals couples and families.
  • General case management theory and practice application.
  • Beginning to integrate casework and case-management theory and practice: planning, implementing and reviewing responses to client needs and circumstances.
  • Conduct individual client interviews from beginning to end, using appropriate micro skills, assessment, intervention and evaluation strategies.
  • Identify and articulate ethical dilemmas in practice and how these may be appropriately addressed.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 5 day residential school. The residential school will involve the students in interactive experiential learning all basic skills in a safe environment. It will provide specific lectures and opportunities for discussion and clarification of key concepts and processes. There will be individual and group activities.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.