Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Community Care for Social Workers

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Social Policy and Social Work

DESCRIPTION This unit aims to enable social workers, to obtain the basic understanding, methods and skills they need to give best service to clients through the development and practice of community care, focusing on the Maltese environment, the practice of case management, the service of elderly and persons with disability, but with a special attention to the service of persons with mental health problems.

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge & Understanding

By the end of this study-unit, the student will be able to:

• understand and appreciate trends and developments in community abroad and at home in the light of the needs, systems, policies and contexts that they respond to;

• appreciate the humane values behind good community care and ways in which these deeply underpin and guide practice;

• form a valid general opinion of how what can learned can be helpfully applied, adapted or avoided in Malta.

By the end of this study-unit, the student will be able to:

• function better as practitioners, developers and organisers of social work and social care within community care;

• know how to adapt the service, its resources, its practice and models to particular needs and client groups.

Reading List:

It is expected that each students makes frequent back up study of the book marked A, and another marked B. Other books are recommended, according to interest.

A. McDonald A. 1999. 2006. Understanding community care. A guide for social workers. Oxford: Palgrave Macmillan.

B: Moxley D P (1989). The Practice of Case Management. London: Sage. (Simple and clear but does not deal with the clinical role, seeing the case manager as mostly a broker).

B : Onyett S (1992, 1998). Case Management in Mental Health. London: Chapman & Hall.

B. Rosenberg G, Weissman A, Wong DFK 2006. Clinical Case Management for People With Mental Illness: A Biopsychosocial Vulnerabilty-stress Model. London: Haworth Social Work in Health Care (strong on the clinical and on psychopathology).

Additional readings (more readings will be recommended)

Means R, Richard S & Smith R 2008. Community Care. Policy and Practice .4th Edition.(previous edition also acceptable). Oxford: Palgrave Macmillan.

Lewis J & Glennerster H (1996). Implementing the New Community Care. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Bornat J, Pereira C, Pilgrim D & Williams F (1997; 1993 edition in Library). Community Care: A Reader. London: Macmillan/Open University.

Sharkey P. 2007. The essentials of community care. 2nd edition. Oxford: Palgrave Macmillan.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 40%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Saviour Borg
Ritianne Buttigieg
Jacqueline Camilleri
Maria Camilleri
David Cassar
Zvetlana Maria Farrugia
Charles Pace
Elaine Vassallo

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