SOCW 870 - Medical Social Work and Behavioral Health Practice

Social work and healthcare are inextricably linked with quality of life and well-being. Methods of clinical social work practice in health care are studied within the framework of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective. Assessments and interventions include understanding of medical concerns, physical function, medical treatment, and the socio-cultural meanings ascribed to illness. The course will discuss issues related to coping with illness, self-concept, identity formation, and the impact of illness on individual well-being and family relationships. The impact of illness on psychosocial functioning over the life cycle with special attention directed to the beliefs and practices of diverse cultures, races, and spiritual orientations will be addressed.

Credit hours: 3

Eligibility: Admission to an MSW graduate program
Last updated: 05/23/2022