HCS508 Social Work theory and Practice 2 - Micro Practice (8)


This subject uses an issue-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 HCS507 and develops the concept of multidimensional assessment and intervention. The subject considers a variety of models for therapeutic intervention and their research and theoretical base and encourages students to critique and build new models for effective intervention.  

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Session 2
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: HCS508
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Subject information

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

Enrolment restrictions

Prerequisite(s)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 and utilising a range of different theoretical approaches.
  • identify, apply and critique an appropriate theoretical framework for casework interventions (including practice theories and theory for practice) using the latest research
  • demonstrate understanding of principles of case management and critique the philosophical and practice implications of the principles
  • 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 the practice context including building a specific intervention model and framework
  • 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 five main therapeutic interventions and their application in practice with individuals 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.
  • Beginning to work with family groups including engagement, assessment and intervening with families.

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 and advanced 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. Activities will include the integration of research into practice and the development of skills and values in developing theory. 


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.