I've been in the Intro to Social Work course for about two weeks now, and so far I'm really enjoying it. A lot of the concepts build on what I've learned in psychology, but using what the model of Generalist practice, we get to think about issues from an individual, comunity and societal pattern.
There are things we don't know yet (obviously!), and sometimes some of the case studies confuse me, but in general, I'm surprised with how well things are going.
One of the things I like the most right now is the fact that it's an art, not just a science. There are guiding principals and ideas to consider, and obviously, there are models to follow, but it seems to go back to the idea of a tool box. It's also a strengths perspective course, meaning that we focus on strengths. This is good. The whole idea of treating people as helpless beings never sat well with me.
I'm excited to see how the rest of the courses go with this! So far, I give it two thumbs up.