This course builds on SWK 530 in preparing students for a generalist approach to social work practice. This methods course is designed to provide students with an understanding of social work practice with groups using the classroom as a laboratory for developing group leadership skills. SWK 560 expands basic knowledge, values, ethics, and skills, with an emphasis on mezzo level problem solving. This course includes theories and techniques for planning, assessment, direct intervention, and advocacy with small groups and families. The strengths and problem solving methods of practice with small groups and families are emphasized. SWK 560 illustrates the relationship between micro and mezzo skills and continues an emphasis on ethical decision making and issues of diversity in social work practice. The goal of the course is to provide students with experiential learning opportunities for skill development in leading and becoming effective members in a variety of groups.