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HCM 125 - Social Work Practice in Healthcare

Code Start Date Duration Venue
HCM 125 27 February 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
HCM 125 24 April 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
HCM 125 19 June 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
HCM 125 14 August 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
HCM 125 09 October 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
HCM 125 04 December 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
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Course Description

The 5-day course illuminates the basic concepts of social work practice in healthcare. The purpose is to analyze the impact of socio-cultural factors on health and well-being, the significance of family relationships and resources in the management of chronic and complex health conditions. The course underlines the importance of the social determinants of health, and the impact of socio-cultural factors on health and well-being. The course will facilitate the development and integration of engagement skills, psychosocial assessments, and social work interventions with diverse population across the life cycle. Social work interventions – based on precise assessments – will help support individual and family capacity to adapt to acute physical and mental health crises or chronic health conditions.

Course Objectives

  • Identify foundations and elements of social work in health organizations.
  • describe specific challenges involved in the management and practice of social work in healthcare
  • Understand the psycho-social dimension of the experience of health, illness, and disability
  • Articulate concepts and theories related to health and illness
  • Explain the interplay between the social determinants of health and individual health
  • Analyse the relationship between social service and other components of health systems
  • Recognize barriers of interprofessional practice and skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Articulate links between theory, policy, legislation and research social work practice in health care

Who Should Attend?

  • Medical (Hospital) Social work specialists (hospitals, clinics, etc.)
  • Social service professionals 
  • Hospital executives 
  • Public Health professionals and project leads
  • Community Healthcare and mental health project managers
  • Hospital and community health Executive Directors
  • Senior executives 

Course Details/Schedule

Day 1

  • Introduction to social work practice in health care
  • Healthcare organizations as a human and social service institutions
  • Fundamental elements of social work practice in health (knowledge, theory & values)
  • An ecological/systems perspective of person-in-environment
  • Micro, mezzo, and macro interventions 
  • Significance of family relationships
  • Do you have what it takes? (Intersecting narrative: self, culture & Institutions)

Day 2

  • Social determinants of health
  • Impact of Socio-cultural factors on health and well-being
  • Unnatural causes
  • Economic - inequality and societies
  • Genetic - the good and the bad
  • Behavioral – (Cognitive behavioral theories and social work practice)
  • Environmental - Public health angle

Day 3

  • Focus on developing a relationship and assessment
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration and challenges
  • Social work practice with groups
  • Biopsychosocial assessments
  • Illness experience vs. Diagnosis
  • Trauma-informed practice
  • Trauma and human development

Day 4

  • Social work practice and psychosocial support in healthcare as a client and family centered approach
  • Disability
  • Addictions 
  • Mental health
  • Special issues in gerontological social work (aging and older population)
  • Grief and loss

Day 5

  • Social practice in healthcare and management issues
  • Human/social service management and leadership
  • Financial management & leadership in human/social service organizations
  • Social work and social policy, and social welfare
  • Overview of social work ethics and models of ethical decision-making in health care
  • Social work using a social justice lens
  • Social research and knowledge building in healthcare