Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Foundation Courses

SOWK 301: Practice Skills with Individuals and Families

Credit Hours



Senior Standing, BSW majors only. Prerequisites: "C" or higher in the following courses: SOWK 200, SOWK 370, SOWK 305, SOWK 201 or 307, and SOWK 350.

Corequisite: SOWK 380


This introductory micro practice course begins by focusing on the development of core skills for social workers in their encounters with individuals and families. Initially, students will learn about the therapeutic use of self. The course will then focus on building students’ skills in developing and sustaining effective working relationships with a variety of economic and cultural backgrounds. Drawing on assessment skills learned in Assessment of Client Concerns in Context, students will learn the elements of a treatment plan and how to set realistic and measurable goals in collaboration with clients. Finally, students will be exposed to various theoretical models as they apply to intervention with individuals and families. Throughout the course, client concerns will be considered through the lenses of person-in-environment, intersectionality, social justice, trauma-informed practice, and the strengths perspective. 

SOWK 301 Syllabus