Any topic (writer’s choice)

Competency 1: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself
accordingly. Competency 2: Engage diversity and difference in practice.
Competency 6: Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
I, F, G
Competency 7: Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
Competency 8: Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and
Guidelines for written assignment:
This assignment should be 4 pages, follow APA rules and use 12-point font and standard
margins. Your paper should include ideas from the required reading, including your textbook.
SCWK 431: Social Work Practice: Individual, Family, Groups Spring
You will select 2 of the following films for this paper:
Id Hear Laughter Insoo Kim Berg- Solution focused family practice
The Legacy of Loss Monica McGoldrick-Family systems and the use of genograms
Structural Therapy -Harry Aponte Structural family practice
Family Therapy with the Experts Steve Madigan Narrative Family practice
This assignment requires you to demonstrate your understanding of social work practice with
families, including the skills used to engage with all family members, the ability to understand
the familys needs, strengths, and resources, and the ability to understand how theory informs
practice. Select two family sessions from the films from class and address the following:
Discuss the two-client concept and its relevance for effective practice with families. Use
observations from one film to support your answer.
Describe how the theoretical framework of the therapist influenced the work with the
respective family and summarize in your own words what it means to work with a family
using these approaches. Include the assumptions of each approach. Compare and contrast
the two family sessions you selected to demonstrate your understanding of how theory
guided the therapists practice.
Discuss and provide examples of the skills related to the beginning, middle (demand for
work skills) and termination phases of practice. Use and cite your textbook for a
Discuss the idea of reframing and its clinical significance for working with families.
Include at least one example from either of the two families you selected for the
In what ways did this assignment reinforce or add to your understanding of work with
families? Are there ways in which you could use this knowledge in your current or past
field work?

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