SWK 211 - Social Interviewing Skills

Course Description

Introduction to types, purposes and stages of interviewing. Basis empathy skill development will be for observation, listening, non-verbal communications, rapport building, information giving and information gathering. Beginning training in recording and documentation. Emphasis will be on self-monitoring and working with culturally diverse, oppressed or psychologically maladaptive clients. In addition, we will explore building relationships with clients that is focused on the strengths of the client. Group 2 course.

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Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies

SWK 121, SWK 170, completion of ENG 111/11 or placement into ENG 111.

General Education Outcomes supported by this course

Communications - Direct, Critical Thinking - Direct

Other college designations supported by this course

Infused: Writing Intensive

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the various types of communication.
  • Identify the stages of an effective interview process.
  • Create a non-judgmental atmosphere that is client-focused.
  • Assess the strengths of clients to create a service plan.
  • Apply the concepts of cultural competency when working with clients.
Human Dimension:
  • Identify their own sensitive areas that may effect their ability to work with certain populations.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Demonstrate empathy for the individual and unique needs of client populations.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Collaborate to create videos demonstrating their learning as effective interviewers.