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SW 245 Basic Helping Skills: 3 semester hours

This is an experientially-based course focusing on the values, knowledge, and skills necessary to work in the helping professions. The course provides a model of helping, including communication and basic interview techniques for working with individuals, families, and groups. Class format offers role-plays, simulation exercises, audio-visual feedback, discussion and lecture. The course is open to all majors. First priority goes to students who need this course to complete a requirement for their major. Prerequisite: PS 101 and sophomore status.

Social Work

Social work is an action-oriented, value-based profession that assists people who experience challenges living in our fast paced, rapidly changing society.  At Mount Mercy, you'll learn professional practice that emphasizes compassion and empathy for humans in need, dedication to the improvement of society, and commitment to the ideals of equality and justice, especially for those vulnerable to oppression and discrimination.  The Social Work major is designed to give students an understanding of how people function, the challenges and problems they encounter, and the social services available to them.