Creative Interventions: Creative Process in Practice

This badge focuses on understanding the use of creative techniques to assist helpers in creative empowerment and anti-oppressive practices in their professional roles.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this badge, students will be able to:

  • Identify at least one theoretical framework for creative social work intervention in professional helping.
  • Develop basic understanding of literature based strategies used to enhance capacities with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in social work practice.
  • Understand at least two art- and music-based strategies to enhance capacities with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Discuss how creativity in social work practice can be utilized to promote diversity, inclusion, and empowerment.

Credit Hours
Success in this 0.5 credit hour course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of 7.5 hours over the length of the course in direct instruction as provided by the instructor and an additional 15 hours outside of class reading, reflecting, and evaluating the topics for a total of 22.5 hours.

Grading Scale: Badge/No Badge

Evaluation: 100% completion of badge criteria

Contact Hours for Professional Relicensure
Social Workers -
 Per state statute 10-2-4a, An academic social work course or an academic course oriented to the enhancement of social work for academic credit. Each licensee shall be granted 15 continuing education hours for each academic credit hour that the licensee successfully completes. Therefore the maximum for this course is 7.5 continuing education hours.  Per state statute 10-2-5, individuals should self submit the academic course syllabus and verification that the course was presented (via transcript).

Instructors: 

Shaunna Millar, LMSW

Shaunna Millar has been a social worker for over eighteen years, receiving both her BSW and MSW degrees from Wichita State University. Before returning to Wichita State University in 2010, she was an adjunct instructor for Butler Community College in Andover, Kansas, for ten years, and had served as a previous visiting instructor with WSU in 2003-2004. She has taught across the social work curriculum, and has particular interests in creativity in multilevel practice, social welfare policy, community action, and children’s issues.

Shaunna has worked primarily in the areas of child welfare, mental health, forensic social work, and juvenile justice. She started her career working with the YWCA Women’s Crisis Center as a children’s advocate, and continued working with children facing issues of violence and sexual abuse with the Exploited & Missing Child Unit at SRS and with the Wichita Children’s Home. These experiences led her into social work experiences addressing the mental health needs of youth in the Juvenile Justice system with Sedgwick County Department of Corrections, and providing outpatient adult and child individual, family and group therapy with Youthville Family Consultation Service.

She currently facilitates writing workshops for sexual assault survivors at the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC) and serves on the Wichita State University Tilford Executive Committee. She is an Online Faculty Fellow for 2015-16, and was awarded a Tilford Fellowship in 2014-15.  She also provides student volunteer support for the United Way Point in Time Count for Sedgwick County, Kansas, and provides training and support for social workers in Wichita and surrounding communities.

CRNs

CRN Course # Term
16392 SCWK 411BF Fall 2017