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.


Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS508. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences



Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to research and apply theories of the interview process, successfully conduct an interview from beginning to end, at the micro-practice level
  • be able to identify, critically assess and apply an appropriate theoretical framework for micro-practice
  • be able to demonstrate critical reflection on their own micro-practice, identifying strengths and areas for further development
  • be able to critically evaluate professional practice in the light of relevant scholarly knowledge and how they have applied their values and knowledge in micro-practice
  • be able to determine and use appropriate and sensitive communication practices as they apply to micro-practice
  • be able to actively participate in face-to-face learning activities as per accreditation requirements


This 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 5 day Compulsory 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. 


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.