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SOW6348 - Clinical Practice with Individuals

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Shannon Gillespie, LCSW



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Monday 4:00pm-6:00pm EST

Tuesday 4:00-7:00pm EST

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Course Information

Course Name

 Clinical Practice with Individuals 

Course ID & Section

 SOW 6348 OW58

Credit Hours



Spring 2021, Term 1

January 11 - February 26, 2021




Behavioral, crisis, and psychosocial theories applied to persons with emotional, social, and psychological problems.

The overall objective of this course is to enable students to deepen and extend their assessment and social work intervention skills in community based clinical practice with individuals. Throughout the course students will have opportunities to understand that community based clinical practice addresses the person-in- environment and includes recognizing a reciprocal relationship between the individual client, his/her community (family, community and society) and the community resources that are utilized to enhance the individual's psychosocial functioning. Drawing from the relationship between macro and micro practice and the review of several theoretical perspectives students will examine the importance of helping clients improve the quality of their lives by reducing stress, enhancing individual social functioning and increasing empowerment and other coping skills. The course encourages students to utilize interventions from Crisis Theory, Cognitive Behavioral and Psychodynamic theories to understand, engage and assist individuals suffering from a variety of psychological, physical, familial and environmental stresses. The significance of the treatment phases, shared responsibility in the client-worker relationship, documentation skills and the application of social work ethics and values to clinical practice will be stressed.


By the end of the semester, you are expected to be able to:

  1. Identify the importance of the therapeutic relationship throughout all phases of community-based clinical social work practice (beginning, middle and termination). [Comp-5 CB 5a, Comp-6, CB 6c]
  2. Apply the strengths perspective to clinical work with individuals. [Comp-6 CB 6a, 6c]
  3. Describe the social worker’s important role in advocating with agencies and treatment teams on behalf of the individual client’s well-being. [Comp-6 CB 6a, 6c, Comp 8 CB 8f]
  4. Apply critical thinking skills in identifying and selecting appropriate clinical intervention theories. [Comp-1 CB 1f]
  5. Demonstrate skills in understanding and applying social work values, ethics, professionalism, and commitment to economic and social justice in clinical practice. [Comp-1 CB 1a]
  6. Demonstrate skills in integrating knowledge on the impact of diversity (ethnic, racial, class, religious, gender, age, sexual orientation and lifestyle) and global perspectives (hunger, poverty, health issues) in clinical social work practice. [Comp-2 CB 2d, 2e, Comp-6 CB 6am 6d, Comp 8 CB 8a]
  7. Apply the evidence-based process/research to identify, understand, critique and apply clinical interventions and strategies. [Comp-4 CB 4a, 4b, 4c]
  8. Demonstrate skills in assessment, treatment planning, and documentation. [Comp-1 CB 1c, Comp-4 CB 4b, 4d, Comp 7 CB 7a, 7b, 7d, 7e, 7f]
  9. Demonstrate skills in the use of interventions from the Crisis Intervention, Socio-behavioral and Psycho Social frameworks to reduce social stress, enhance social functioning and empowerment skills with individual clients. [Comp-9 CB 9c]
  10. Evaluate practice, use of self and goal attainment in clinical work using evaluation methods learned in the core curriculum. [Comp-1 CB 1f, Comp-6, CB 6d, Comp 8 CB 8g]


Cooper, M. & Lesser-Granucci, J. (2015) Clinical social work practice: An integrated approach (5th Edition). Pearson Education Inc. (Note: please make sure you get the 5th edition. DO NOT GET EARLIER EDITIONS OF THE BOOK.)

Walsh, J. (2014). Theories for direct social work practice (3rd ed.). Cengage Learning. (Note: please make sure you get this edition of the book.)

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th Ed.) (DSM 5). (Note: this is the DSM-5. Students should already have this from their psychosocial pathology course.)


American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). (Available from the UCF Bookstore, the publisher’s website, or a retailer of your choice)


This course may contain copyright protected materials such as audio or video clips, images, text materials, etc. These items are being used with regard to the Fair Use doctrine in order to enhance the learning environment. Please do not copy, duplicate, download or distribute these items. The use of these materials is strictly reserved for this online classroom environment and your use only. All copyright materials are credited to the copyright holder.


Assignment guidelines and other course handouts are available through Canvas (Webcourses), which is a secure website. All course materials will be available via the online course section. Please also note that all email should be sent through Webcourses.


Your best library resource is your Social Work Librarian. To contact the Social Work Librarian, please visit 

For links to our materials, research guides, study rooms, and more visit the Services for Undergrads ( or Services for Grad Students ( pages.

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Students will be expected to utilize UCF library resources to search library databases for required readings. The UCF Libraries has a full array of paper and electronic resources available for students and their research needs.

The following websites can help students find information, navigate through databases, and learn how to use the library:

  1. Library Instruction Sessions -
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  3. Research Guides -
  4. Ask a Librarian Service -


Course objectives will be achieved through a variety of methods:

  1. The instructor will provide didactic content through lectures.
  2. Students will add to class discussions by informally presenting case materials from their field internships.
  3. Role-plays, videotapes, and guest lecturers will be used where appropriate.


Introductory Discussion Posting (worth 1 point)

Completed the first week of class and fulfills the financial aid requirement for the university.

Initial Assessment for Video Case "Hannah" Assignment/Discussion (worth 9 points)

Note: initial post due Wednesday and response due Sunday. This assignment provides you with an opportunity to practice doing an initial assessment for a client by the name of Hannah. You will also evaluate other students’ initial assessments for this client. Additional assignment details can be found on Webcourses. APB: 49,51, 59,67,68.

Goals/Objectives and Progress Note for Video Case “Lenny” Assignment/Discussion (worth 10 points)

Note: initial post due Wednesday and response due Sunday. This assignment provides you with an opportunity to write some goals and objectives along with a progress note for a client by the name of Lenny. You will also evaluate other students’ goals/objectives and progress notes for this client. Additional assignment details can be found on Webcourses. APB: 49,51, 59,67,68.

Case Assessment & Diagnosis Assignment (worth 40 points)

This assignment involves completing a full diagnostic assessment for a client by the name of Kim-Ly. The entire assignment should be 5 to 7 pages in length (excludes cover page, please adhere to the length of the paper). This assignment must be completed in Microsoft Word format and submitted via Webcourse by the assigned deadline. APB: 42,44,45,47,48,49,50,53,57,58,59,64,65,68,69,70,72.

Case Treatment Plan Assignment (worth 20 points)

For this assignment you will develop a thorough clinical treatment plan for Kim-Ly. This assignment is to be no shorter or longer than 3 pages. HOWEVER, THESE PAGES SHOULD BE FULL PAGES of QUALITY CONTENT! This assignment must be completed in Microsoft Word format and submitted via Webcourses by the assigned deadline. No references or APA style are required for this assignment. Please add a cover sheet with a title for the assignment along with your identifying information. APB: 48,49,51,65,67,69,70,71,72.

 Final Exam (Worth 20 points)

This exam will be taken on-line during finals week. The exam opens Wednesday at 12:01am EST and closes Friday at 11:59pm EST. Knowledge of content from the readings and class discussions will be tested. The instructor may draw test questions from all content covered in class and from the readings. To prepare for the final exam, students are responsible for reviewing class content and completing the assigned readings. APB: 42, 45, 48, 49, 50, 57, 58, 59, 65, 69, 70, 72. 



Due Dates

Introductory Discussion Posting


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Initial Assessment for Video Case "Hannah" Assignment/Discussion


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Goals/Objectives and Progress Note for Video Case “Lenny” Assignment/Discussion


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Case Assessment & Diagnosis Assignment


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Case Treatment Plan Assignment


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Final Exam


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Total Possible Grade Points



A final course grade will be based upon the total number of points accumulated by a student on the above evaluations.






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59 points and below



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