Social Work with Family

Course titleSocial Work with Family
Chair of Labour and Social Security Law Sciences and Social Work
Number of ECTS credits5 Anita Begić
Office AddressRadićeva 13
Associate Gordana Horvat
Office AddressRadićeva 13 18-2
Telephone+385 31 224 550
Associate Gordana Horvat
Office AddressRadićeva 13 18-2
Telephone+385 31 224 550
Course content

The goal of this course is to acquire key knowledge about the family, theoretical approaches in its study, development, dynamics of functioning, typology, needs and values, and the role of social work in preventing and overcoming families. Conceptual definition of family, roles and functions. Theoretical reflections on the family and its development path through time. Family typology. Family life cycles. Family roles and competencies. Fatherhood - motherhood - parenthood. The family as a protective and risk factor in the growth, development, maturation, education and socialization of children. Family relationships and their predictors. Approaches in practical dealing with family difficulties. Family interview. Coping with broken relationships. Addictions, psychological disorders and antisocial behavior of members and meeting family needs, interpersonal relationships and family stability. A family with broken relationships. Family dissolution and social work. Mediation procedure, divorce procedure, follow-up and interventions after divorce.

Course learning outcomes

Define family and present its historical development, To present theoretical approaches in studying the family, Interpret family typologies, To explain, recognize and analyze the phases of the family life cycle, Have insight into the dynamics of family needs and their satisfaction, To be able to analyze the dynamics of functioning and dysfunction of the family system, Understand and explain the complexity of marital dissolution, Know how to apply the phases of work with the family and establish the first contact with the family, Know how to approach and work as a team with other experts involved in working with the family,

☑ Lectures
☑ Seminars and workshops
☑ Exercises
☑ Independent tasks
☐ Multimedia and internet
☐ Distance education
☐ Office hours
☐ Laboratory
☐ Field work
☐ Mentoring work
☐ Knowledge test
☑ Oral exam
☑ Written exam
☑ Colloquium
Students should regularly attend lectures, exercises and seminars. Prepare and present a seminar paper and hand over the written papers determined in the exercises to their supervisors. The final grade is formed as a function of regular class attendance (minimum 70%, with the fact that full attendance at exercises is mandatory), activity during class, success in colloquiums, quality of written papers, and the written and oral part of the exam.
Required reading
Janković, Josip. Obitelj u fokusu. 2008. Etcetera
Čudina – Obradović, M i Obradović, J. . Psihologija braka i obitelji. 2006. Golden marketing – Tehnička knjiga
Janković, Josip. Plodovi roditeljskih poruka. 2012. Etcetera
Haralambos,M. i Holborn, M. . Sociologija, teme i perspektive. 2002. Golden marketing
Čačinović Vogrinčić, G. i Mešl, N.. Socialno delo z družino: Sustvarjanje želenih izidov in družinske razvidnosti. 2019. Fakultet za socijalni rad, Sveučilište u Ljubljani
Optional reading
Strong, B. i DeVault, C. . The Marriage and Family Experience. 1992. West Publishing Company
Obradović, J. i Čudina – Obradović, M.. Broj djece u obitelji i spol bračnog partnera kao prediktori bračne kvalitete. 2001. Društvena istraživanja
Janković, Josip. Rječnik dijete odrasli. 2007. Etcetera
Mihovilović, M. A. i suradnici . Žena između rada i porodice. 1975. Narodne novine
Juul, J. . Razgovori s obiteljima: perspektive i procesi. 2002. Alinea