Generalist Social Work Overview
Assignment I Instructions and Grading Rubric
Students will write a developmental 8-page minimum paper, including no less than twenty-four references (three per page) that support the eight learning objectives of this course. The goal of this assignment is for the student to improve their writing and critical thinking through this developmental process. Each iteration of the paper must meet the rubric expectations, including having a properly formatted title page, content as described below, no less than three references per page, and a properly formatted references page (or pages). The final paper must also include a properly formatted Abstract with keywords. See Rubric A: Assignment I below and on Information page on Blackboard.To develop this paper, the student will:
A. Write the first pages of the paper and submit them for review in Week 3. This paper will be worth up to 50 points. The paper will consist of at least one full-page discussion of the each of the following four student learning objectives:
1. Generalist Social Work Overview-The historical foundations, domain, philosophy, values, ethics, and roles of social work empowerment.
2. Theory and Framework –The ecological perspective and the knowledge and skills of empowerment processes and the interrelationship between these theoretical perspectives.
3. Differences Between Individuals and Groups and Generalist Interventions for Each – Describe some ways that individuals and groups differ, including race, culture, ethnicity, social class, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, and ability; and skills social workers use to promote their social justice.
4. Generalist Intervention Models and Tools for Micro and Mezzo Practice – Discuss at least two intervention models or tools used to assess individuals, families, groups, and communities. There should be two for each group, eight in total.
- The paper will be graded and returned with comments for the student to revise or correct the paper, if needed and desired. Student may begin writing second half of the paper but should not submit this until the student has received the instructor’s comments on Part A.
- After the student has corrected Part A of his or her paper (if desired and needed), he/she will add the following as the final pages of this developmental paper, then submit the new completed paper by Week 6, including at least three references on each page. This final paper is worth up to 50 points and will consist of:
- Revised Part A, along with at least a one-page discussion of each of the following four student learning objectives:
5. Research and Evaluation in Generalist Practice –Discuss the role of social work research in expanding the conceptual and knowledge base of professional social work practice and the role of evaluation in strengthening social work practice and making such practice more accountable.
6. Social Welfare Policy as a Generalist Empowerment Tool – Brief overview of a social welfare policy and how such policies may be used to empower clients.7. Generalist Relationship-Building Skills –The student’s own social relationship skills, including the professional use of self in relationship-building skills and their skills related to at least two of the following: Acceptance, Authenticity, Concreteness, Congruence, Genuineness, Reflective listening, Primary level empathy, Structuring the physical environment, or Distinguishing content from feelings
8. Student’s Values as a Generalist Practitioner – The student’s own values, compared with social work values; and an assessment of the student’s strengths and limitations as related to the skills of problem solving, empowerment, interviewing, and relationship building.
9. The student will need to add a Conclusion as well as properly formatted References page(s). There will be no additional opportunities for the student to revise the paper after submission in week 6.
This final student paper is expected to reflect the instructor’s recommended improvements throughout the entire paper. The submission in week 6 will be graded in Blackboard and a grading rubric will be returned to the students to demonstrate his/her proficiency on the assignment. The student is able to earn up to 100 points in total on this assignment (50 points for Part A and 50 Points for Part B).