SSW312 - Supportive Counselling

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Subject Title
Supportive Counselling

Subject Description
This final course in the Social Service Methods series is a further development of SSW 101 and SSW 212. Emphasis is placed on needs assessment and intake skills, stages of the counselling process, and problem solving counselling interventions.
In SSW212, Helping Interview and Principles of Practice, students were introduced to the basic tools of direct intervention; specifically the informational and the empowerment based helping interview. In SSW312, students are introduced to the process of helping client's problem solve using the narrative approach.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Distinguish personal character traits and counsellor attitudes that may enhance or compromise service to the client 
  2. Use reformulation technique in the counselling interview.
  3. Clearly state the client's presenting problems.
  4. Illustrate effective problem solving competencies with client. 
  5. Identify appropriate referrals for a Social Service Worker intervention with the client.
  6. Complete comprehensive psychosocial history documentation and accurate client activity records.
  7. Assess the presence of conditions conducive to client growth.
  8. Apply the stages of the counselling process in a professional manner.
  9. Relate in a professional manner with clients as consistent with the Ethical Guidelines and Standards of Practice outlined by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA).

Aligned with Employability Skills
1 Communication
2 Numeracy
3 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
4 Information Management
5 Interpersonal
6 Personal
Aligned with Vocational Outcomes SSW
1 Develop professional relationships that are respectful and collaborative, and adhere to professional, legal, and ethical standards aligned to social service work.
2 Record information accurately and communicate effectively in written, digital, verbal and non-verbal ways, in adherence to privacy and freedom of information legislation, and meets professional and workplace standards.
3 integrate a practice framework within a service delivery continuum, addressing the needs of individuals, families and communities at micro, macro and global levels, and assist them in achieving their goals
4 Plan and implement accessible and responsive programs and services, recognizing the diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families and communities and meeting these needs.
5 Examine current social policy, relevant legislation, and political, social, historical, and/or economic systems and their impacts for individuals and communities when delivering services to the user/client
6 Develop strategies and approaches that support clients in building the capacity for self-advocacy, while affirming their dignity and self-worth.
7 work from a strengths-based practice, recognizing the capacity for resilience and growth of individuals and communities when responding to the diverse needs of vulnerable population
8  Develop strategies and approaches to implement and maintain self-care as a member of a human service profession
9 Work with individuals and communities to advocate for change strategies with service providers that promote social and economic justice, and challenge patterns of oppression and discrimination
10  Work with the Indigenous individual and their communities while respecting their inherent rights to self-determine, and to identify and address systemic barriers that produce ill-effects, developing appropriate responses using approaches such as trauma informed care practice.
[*select elements of each standard are met through SSW 312, but not all elements]

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