The MSW Program Objectives consist of foundation and advanced practice objectives.
MSW Foundation Objectives
- Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.
- Understand the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles, and practice accordingly.
- Practice without discrimination and with respect, knowledge, skills related to clients' age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
- Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice.
- Understand and interpret the history of the social work profession and its contemporary structures and issues.
- Apply the knowledge and skills of a generalist social work perspective to practice with systems of all sizes.
- Use theoretical frameworks supported by empirical evidence to understand individual development and behavior across the life span and the interactions among individuals and between individuals and families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Analyze, formulate, and influence social policies.
- Evaluate research studies, apply research findings to practice, and evaluate their own practice interventions.
- Use communication skills differentially across client populations, colleagues, and communities.
- Use supervision and consultation appropriate to social work practice.
- Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and seek necessary organizational change.
(adopted from CSWE EPAS, 2001-were approved in April 2007 to begin in the 2007-2008 academic year)
MSW Advanced Practice Objectives
Community and Organization Concentration
Demonstrate understanding of communities and organizations.
Provide leadership in a variety of roles in community and organizational practice.
Use codes of ethics and human rights principles to guide practice with communities and organizations.
Demonstrate culturally competent practice with communities and organizations.
Use research and professional expertise to improve practice with communities and organizations.
- Practice with an understanding of a variety of therapeutic approaches to working with contemporary family structures from a systems perspective.
- Practice in a manner that is sensitive to the ethical and value aspects of various therapeutic approaches and interventions from both modern and postmodern perspectives.
- Practice in a manner that is responsive to the uniqueness of each family system and the impact of cultural and demographic variables on family dynamics and developmental processes.
- Utilize research and professional expertise to improve practice with individuals (children, youth and adults), couples, familes, and larger systems.
- Identify structures and resources to support families and impact policies that affect familes.
Health and Mental Health
- Demonstrate professional behavior in social work health and mental health practice and research that is consistent with social work values and ethics.
- Provide clinically competent social work health and mental health practice.
- Incorporate the environmental, psychological, biological, social, and spiritual determinants of health and mental health in social work practice.
- Evaluate social work practice relative to the quality of care and health outcomes.
- Understand how the historical and current context of health and mental health policy impacts social work practice.
(All advanced practice concentration objectives were approved in concentration committees, the MSW Program Committee and presented to the assembly in Fall 2009 to begin in the 2010-2011 academic year)