SW410 Social Work Practice III: Organizations and Communities

for SP 2013

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SW 410 Social Work Practice III: Organizations and Communities


SP 2013 HO


Kisthardt, Walter E.


Professor: Chair/BSW Program Director


Ph. D. Social Work University of Kansas
MSW  University of Hawaii
B.A. Sociology/Social Work Elizabethtown College, Pa.

Office Location

225 Underground (Across from Bookstore)

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 PM and by appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone




Semester Dates

Jan. 14 - May 3: 2013

Class Days


Class Time

8:45 - 10:00 AM MA 306


SW Practice I, SW Practice II (may be taken concurrently)

Credit Hours



Generalist Practice with Organizations and Comunities: Kirst-Ashman and Hull. Ffith Edition, 2012.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
This course introduces students to knowledge and skills for social work practice with organizations and communities. This includes an introduction to organizational management, acquiring grants for program funding, strategies for organizational transformation and the experience of working in an agency setting under supervision. Community practice includes an introduction to community transformation strategies and methods of evaluation and advocacy. PREREQUISITES: SW 310 and Social Work Major. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The style of teaching in this course is very interactive and experiential. Students are expected to come to class having read the material and lectures will supplement the material. Your presence and active participation in all aspects of classroom learning is encouraged and expected.  

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize and describe theories of organizational behavior and the elements of organizational management.
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of fundraising and grant writing.
  3. Explain the fundamental concepts of service evaluation within organizations.
  4. Discuss and design strategies to facilitate organizational and policy change.
  5. Model an understanding of the skills and knowledge necessary for generalist practice within organizations, including working under supervision.
  6. Communicate a working knowledge and understanding of processes and issues related to practice within legal and judicial systems.
  7. Describe a broad awareness of ethical issues associated with practice in organizational settings.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of strategies of change in communities, including the role of community advocacy organizations.
  9. Describe an effective understanding of legislative advocacy in facilitating community involvement and change.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate understanding of impact of social policy and funding mechanisms on social work practice in communities and organizations.
  2. demonstrate ability to generalize core functions of generalist practice to organizations and communities.
Core Assessment:
  • Exams (LO1-4, 6-9) 
  • Grant Proposal (LO 2,4-9) 
  • Core Assessment Organizational Project & Presentation (LO 1,3,5,7-9)

Class Assessment:

Mid-term exam: Essay Format, Given in Class on March 7 (25 points)  
OTP Paper (12-15 pages in length, APA format for citations). We will be focusing on the development of this paper throughout the entire semester. We will apply the PREPARE and IMAGINE models learned in class to the development of an Organizational Transformation Project that you will undertake at your agency (work or field placement). (35 points).
 I expect at least ten (10) references from journal articles, text, and other sources to support points.
This paper demonstrates your knowledge of and ability to apply the ten core competencies of  social work practice. 
The final paper is due on or before Thursday, April 18! A complete draft of the OTP paper is due on or before Thursday April 5th. If this draft is not handed in on this date you will lose five (5) points. It is important to know that no "incompletes" will be given in this class unless there are extenuating circumstances that have been discussed with me prior to April 1, 2013. The OTP is the core assessment of your learning in the BSW program at Park University, and as such, must be given your utmost attention and priority.     
Class and agency presentation of the findings of your project (25 points: 15 class/10 agency): If you present at the Field Colloquium on Friday, April 19 it is worth 25 points and you do not need to present in class or at your agency.
Class Attendance and Participation (15 points). In this class the CSWE competency relating to professional identity and behavior is extremely important. I encourage you to devote the same attention to the process of this class as you would in all aspects of your field practicum. I will expect you to 1) be on time for class: 2) remain in class the entire class period: 3) give full attention to others when they are sharing, asking a question, and especially presenting. Please turn off phones and unless you are taking notes I ask that laptops are turned off and screens are closed. You will be allowed two absences (for whatever reason...an absence is an absence) with no point penalty. For each absence after the allotted two absences (2) points will be deducted from your class participation grade. If you miss 5 classes after your allotted two absences you will receive a grade of "0" for class participation. If you feel you need special accommodation to meet these expectations please discuss this with me as soon as you can.



Your overall grade is based on 100 points

A= 90-100

B= 80-89

C= 70-79

below 70 unacceptable in major

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The mid-term needs to be taken in class on March 7. The final OTP paper is due on April 18. I expect you to hand in a full working draft of the OTP paper by Thursday, April 4. If you do not hand in this working draft you will be docked five points from your final grade.  
There will be no "incompletes" given in this class. Therefore it is imperative that you organize your time to Prioritize this paper which demonstrates your learning and skills you have gained in the BSW Program at Park University.   

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
I expect that you display professional behavior at all times in class. You are expected to comport yourself just as you would while in your professional role at the agency. Respectfully listening, affirming and expressing alternative viewpoints in a professional manner, contributing your insights to the discussion and coming to class prepared. I expect you to be on time for class and to come prepared to remain in class for the entire period. if there are circumstances that prevent you from meeting these expectations please discuss these with me as soon as they arise.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

JAN. 15-17: Introduction to course, review syllabus, assignments, expectations. Integrating the Micro, Mezzo,
              and Macro approaches in Generalist Practice. What do we mean when we say that generalist social workers
              possess a "knowledge,value, and skill set" that is generalizable across populations and systems?"
              The rationale and intended outcome of the Organizational Transformation Project. Review of the Ten Core
              Competencies of Social Work Practice. Please come to class on Thursday with one-page executive summary of
              your plan for the OTP. Review the attachment: The Framework to Guide your OTP!
JAN. 22-24: Dynamics of the Macro Environment: Role of Supervision, Resolving Conflict, Shared Governance,
              Culture of Communication, gaining "buy in" for a desired and/or needed innovation. Characteristics of an effective
               leader. Power and Decision making in organizations. The PREPARE and IMAGINE models for influencing
               organizations. (Kirst-Ashman and Hull) Review Shared Governance attachment.
JAN. 29-Jan. 31: Reviewing the Research Competencies infused in the OTP. Participatory Action Research.
FEB. 5 - 7: The Logic Model of Program Evaluation
FEB. 12- 14: Organizational Theory; Dissemination of Innovations
FEB. 19- 21: The critical role for Policy Practice in Organizational Transformation. 
FEB. 26 - Feb. 28: Practice Competencies reflected in the OTP: Engage, Assess, Intervene, Evaluate.
MARCH 5 - 7: Tuesday Review Study Guide for mid term and take mid-term in class on March 7. Remeber mid-term must be taken in class on March 7: Any requested accommodations in this expectation must be discussed with me by Tuesday, March 5.          
MARCH 19-21: Importance of Context, Purpose, Social Justice and Diversity in OTP.               
MARCH 26- April 18 - In class presentations of OTP 
April 19: Spring Colloquium
Friday, April 19 is the Spring Colloquium. Please ask you field instructors, preceptors, and other key people in your OTP to reserve this date to attend this important event. 

Thursday May 2 last class. Evaluate this class and BSW program overall. Endings and Transitions. 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
I expect to see that you have internalized the ethic and skill of crediting all sources for information and ideas that have influenced the content of your project and paper.

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
You are allowed to have three absenses from class with no point penalty. Therefore, I would strongly encourage you to use these judiciously. For every absence after three you will be docked five(5) points from your class participation grade. If you miss five classes after the three "freebies" you lose 25 points and get a score of 0 for your class participation grade. If this policy presents a serious problem for you please be sure to come to see me to discuss your situation. Arriving to class on time and remaining in class is important to the continuity of the lesson. Therefore, if you are going to be more than 15 minutes late for class you will be given 1/2 credit for attending. If you are going to be 1/2 hour late you will not receive credit for attendance. I would prefer that you are not "on call" during class. If this is absolutely necessary I ask that if you decide to respond to the page and leave the classroom that you remain out of class for that particpular session.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Framework for OTP

Shared Governance


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