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AlaskaX: Areas of Social Work Practice

This course will orient the learner to the context for social work, including the diversity of human needs, human services, social policy, and legislation. Learners will also gain information about social services, social programs, and career opportunities within rural and urban Alaska, as well as nationally.

Areas of Social Work Practice
6 weeks
4–6 hours per week
Progress at your own speed
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Starts Dec 1

About this course

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The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and to help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A social worker should not only work with the client to help them navigate the injustice but to work towards changing that injustice.

Learners will be introduced to the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and how to apply and utilize the code to navigate ethical dilemmas and decision-making processes. The NASW Code of Ethics includes these core values of social work:

  1. Service: helping people in need and addressing social problems;
  2. Social Justice: challenging social injustice
  3. Dignity and Worth of The Person: respecting every person
  4. Importance of Human Relationships: recognizing the central importance of relationships to a person’s well being and as a vehicle of change;
  5. Integrity: behaving in a trustworthy manner, and
  6. Competence: practicing within one’s area of competence and continually developing and enhancing one’s professional expertise.

Students will also be introduced to the context for social work, including the diversity of human needs, human services, social policy and legislation. Social work is a marketable profession and growing. Due to the challenges humans are faced with on an everyday basis, there is a need for social workers to help navigate experiences around trauma, racism and injustice, health, wellness, climate change and systemic barriers; a wide range of services, programs, and career opportunities nationally are discussed throughout.

At a glance

  • Institution: AlaskaX
  • Subject: Social Sciences
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:

    SWK1x: Introduction to Social Work is recommended for learners interested in this course.

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated programs:
  • Associated skills: Decision Making, Human Services, Social Issue, Social Policy, Trauma Care, Social Work, Trustworthiness

What you'll learn

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  • Describe the role of social workers in working within diverse social work practice settings (health, child welfare, mental health, and substance abuse, military social work, poverty, criminal justice, gerontology, etc.)
  • Gain an understanding of the healthcare system.
  • Discuss the complexities of defining poverty.
  • Describe the different levels of practice; micro, mezzo, macro.
  • Week 1: Poverty & Child Welfare
  • Week 2: Health Care Systems
  • Week 3: Mental Health & Substance Abuse
  • Week 4: Military Social Work Practice
  • Week 5: Aging & People with Disabilities
  • Week 6: Social Work in a Global World

This course is part of Introduction to Social Work Professional Certificate Program

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Expert instruction
2 skill-building courses
Progress at your own speed
3 months
4 - 6 hours per week

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