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WS2510 - Interpersonal Practice

Credit points: 03
Year: 2017
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

This subject is an introduction to the skills and framework of interpersonal practice and communication in human services work. The subject introduces students to fundamental skills used to work with people and communities. These include the skills of reflective, empathic listening, exploring issues of concern and working in partnership towards change. Interpersonal skills are seen as part of professional, accountable practice and as such, influenced by the knowledge base of human services practice. In this subject, students are required to become familiar with one particular theory, counter-oppressive practice, and to reflect on how this particular theory influences the way listening occurs, questions are asked and interpersonal communication is used as a tool for practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • work independently and/or in teams to creatively, collaboratively and effectively use audio-visual and online technologies to demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills;
  • demonstrate skills in the use of self and attending behaviours including empathy, warmth, respect, openness and genuineness;
  • demonstrate skills in using a range of micro-skills of interpersonal communication and helping, including engaging and building rapport, reflective listening, identifying and reflecting feeling, questioning, paraphrasing;
  • articulate importance of race, ethnicity, culture on the development of empathic relationships in social welfare practice and the ability to demonstrate sensitivity to these issues;
  • apply theoretical lens(es) in the use of interpersonal skills;
  • utilise knowledge of Indigenous frameworks of helping to extend the responsiveness and sensitivity of social welfare interventions.
Assumed
Knowledge:
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: WS1006 or 12 credit points of level 1 study at tertiary level
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
WS2019

Availabilities

Townsville, Limited, Study Period 1
Census Date 23-Mar-2017
Face to face teaching 25-Mar-2017 to 28-Mar-2017 (4 day Compulsory on campus workshop - campus location TBA)
Coordinator: Dr Ann Carrington
Lecturer: Assoc. Professor Debra Miles.
Contact hours:
  • 39 hours - includes compulsory "on-campus" workshop
    Assessment: video (40%); video and reflection (50%); video and peer review (10%).

    Cairns, Limited, Study Period 1
    Census Date 23-Mar-2017
    Face to face teaching 25-Mar-2017 to 29-Mar-2017 (4 day Compulsory on campus workshop - campus location TBA)
    Coordinator: Dr Ann Carrington
    Lecturers: Dr Ann Carrington, Assoc. Professor Debra Miles.
    Contact hours:
    • 39 hours - includes compulsory "on-campus" workshop
      Assessment: video (40%); video and reflection (50%); video and peer review (10%).

      Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.