SW 570 Health and Disability

Dr. Rob Keefe

This course examines policy, theory, research and practice issues related to health and disabilities across the life span. The course focuses on problem definition and policy-guided service provision in a variety of health settings utilizing trauma-informed, human rights perspectives when relevant. The course illustrates multiple roles that social workers take across settings when working with those with acute and chronic health problems. Central to this course is an understanding of historical policy formations at national, regional and local levels, particularly as they influence current practice. Students will examine multiple levels of response to deterioration in health and adaptive abilities. Students will develop evidence-based knowledge and skills associated with direct practice as well as critical advocacy roles to ensure access to services, reasonable accommodations, and legal remedies related to discrimination, oppression, and human rights violations for those with health related disabilities. The effect of social location and situation will be examined as they influence access to health services. This advanced year course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to be effective practitioners in a variety of micro, mezzo or macro health practice realities