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

This subject uses a scenario-based learning approach to the study of theory and practice in social work and human services. It develops students intervention skills with a focus on working with individuals and families and on use of self and professional identity in practice. The subject builds on the micro skills developed in Theory and Practice 1 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 a range of models for effective intervention.


* 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



Subject Relationships

HCS202 Paired Subject
HCS507 Prerequisite subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to research and apply theories relating to the interview process, in order to successfully conduct an interview from beginning to end with individuals and families;
  • 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 and emerging professional identity, by 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, including the assessment of risk factors, as they apply to micro-practice; and
  • be able to demonstrate the application of theory to practice through participation in face-to-face learning activities as per accreditation requirements.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Critical reflection on the use of self within social work relationships and practice
  • Theories of change to support the conduct of individual client interviews from beginning to end
  • Integration of therapeutic interventions in response to client needs and circumstances
  • Assessment of multidimensional aspects of client circumstances
  • Application of theoretical frameworks for therapeutic interventions with individuals, couples and families

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HCS508 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Critical reflection paper
Skills lab worksheets
Open book online exam
Compulsory online skills-based learning attendance

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school will involve the students in interactive experiential learning activities, providing a safe environment in which to practise and develop their skills. 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 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.