Specialized Interventions

Applied Community Studies
Community Social Service Work
Course Code
CSSW 2422
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This methods course offers students an opportunity to further develop their practice skills and knowledge introduced in earlier CSSW courses. Students will examine evidence based best practice strategies in a variety of practice situations. Students will further refine their interviewing and counselling skills using a variety of theoretical approaches. The use of supervisory relationships will be explored as a tool for professional development.
Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • Evidence-based best practice knowledge is essential so that practitioners can make intelligent decisions in assessing and adapting their approach to each situation and culture.
  • Self-awareness regarding one’s personal style, values, effect on others, skills and the influence of past experiences, are essential prerequisites for practice.
  • Exploration and reflection on one’s competence and the limits of one’s role and expertise are fundamental to professional practice.
  • Exploration and reflection on culture and diversity is essential to developing competence and expertise in professional practice.
  • Professional practice identity arises from the integration and application of values, ethics, and theory.  Practice proficiency must be balanced with a caring attitude, acceptance of a wide range of behaviours and cultures, and respect for the rights of others including their right to self-determination.
  • Effective use of supervision and collegial consultation are crucial elements of professional development.


Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture
  • Practice
  • Use of multimedia resources
  • Instructor demonstrations


Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.  Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Examinations
  • Research papers
  • Attendance
  • Participation


This is a letter graded course

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, within the following content areas the student will be able to:

  1. Professional Skills
    • identify and demonstrate a variety of skills according to context
    • describe the elements and importance of supervision and professional development
    • describe strategies for increasing self-awareness including establishing conditions for giving and receiving constructive feedback
  2. Selected Best Practice Intervention Models
    • demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based best practice theory models including: Cognitive behavioural intervention, Motivational Interviewing, Crisis Intervention, Mediation, Person-centred, Solution-focused approaches and Brief Intervention
    • demonstrate ability to apply skills associated with selected models
  3. Practice Skills
    • define the skills and knowledge necessary for effective intervention in a variety of practice situations such suicide, mental health, corrections, grief and loss
    • identify essential skills and knowledge for working with volunteers
    • demonstrate skills for working with hard to engage clients
Textbook Materials





No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Fall 2020

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.