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Client work in groups and communities

Structure Type: Study unit
Code: SAPA0506
Curriculum: SA 2018 / 2018V
Level: Bachelor of Social Services
Year of Study: 2 (2019-2020 / 2020)
Semester: Autumn / Spring
Credits: 4 cr
Responsible Teacher: Saikkonen, Sanna
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Courses During the Academic Year 2019-2020

Impl.Group(s)Study TimeTeacher(s)LanguageClassesEnrolment
6S-SA-2A2019-10-28 – 2019-12-22Henna MinkkinenFinnish44 h2019-08-19 – 2019-09-09
7S-SA-2B2019-09-02 – 2019-12-22Henna MinkkinenFinnish44 h2019-08-19 – 2019-09-09
8S-SA-1VK, S-SA-2VK2020-01-06 – 2020-05-24Ville NisonenFinnish36 h2019-12-16 – 2020-01-14

Learning Outcomes

The student knows
* how to use group-form work in social services client work in a client-oriented manner.

Student's Workload

Altogether 104 hours, of which scheduled study approximately 44 hours.


* multi professionalism
* cooperation with health care students in practice
* community work
* sosio-cultural work (combining social services work, art and action research)
* social circus
* community drama and other functional methods
* leadership skills in a group
* solution and resource focused instructing
* group as a method in social services work
* the meaning of a peer-group in client work
* instructing a client group in practice in cooperation with the working life

Regional Impact

Applying Groupwork Methods in the Field Studies.

Recommended or Required Reading and Other Learning Resources/Tools

Niemistö, R. 2002. Ryhmän luovuus ja kehitysehdot.
Roivanen, I. & Nylund, M. & Korkiamäki, R. & Raitakari, S. (Toim.) Yhteisöt ja sosiaalityö. PS-Kustannus. 2008
Seikkula, J.& Arnkil, T. 2009. Dialoginen verkostotyö.

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Lectures, Practical Study and a Group Work

Assessment Criteria

Grade 1: the student knows how to
- act as a member of a group to reach the given targets
Grade 3: the student knows how to
- coordinate and promote target-oriented actions in a group
Grade 5: the student knows how to
- act responsively and independently in a group and lead and develop the actions of a group in a target-oriented way

Assessment Methods

An Active Participation, A Written Assignment