HSSW506 – Introduction to Social Work Skills

Module code
Module title
Introduction to Social Work Skills
Students will develop beginning social work communication and practice skills. In developing these skills students will explore their personal values, the impact of theory, culture and difference. Students will demonstrate their development of these skills through live skills assessments.
  • HS0114
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Decribe a range of beginning social work practice skills.
2. Apply effective communication skills in a social work context
3. Demonstrate social work practice skills specific to Aotearoa New Zealand
• The nature of social work from western and indigenous perspectives.
• Social work skills culturally relevant to Aotearoa New Zealand.
• Traditional western and emerging social work perspectives, models and theories including (but not limited to) strengths-based, person-centred,
• Cultural sensitivity, cultural responsiveness.
• Characteristics of effective social work practitioners.
• Introduction to social work practice skills
• Effective communication in a group work setting-acknowledging diversity.
• Introduction to group dynamics- including Te Ao Maaori perspectives.
• Multiple opportunities provided to practice beginning social work skills
Assessment Criteria
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components.
Students need to provide evidence against all learning outcomes and gain an overall mark of 50% to pass this module.
Learning and Teaching Resource
An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at commencement of the course. This will be updated annually.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
May include: Project-based Learning; Flipped Classroom; Blended Learning; Work-Integrated Learning; Inclusive Practices.
Methods may include workshops and practical classes, tutorials, case-based learning, inquiry-based learning, group activities & discussion, supported online learning, e-portfolio, practice simulation.