Goals and Objectives

In service of the mission of the School of Social Work, the following goals and objectives have been developed for the MSW program:

Goal 1. To prepare social workers for ethical social work and use of a transcultural perspective with diverse, disenfranchised, oppressed and marginalized populations.

 

(Foundation Year Objectives)

  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of diversity and competence in applying a transcultural perspective.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to work effectively with diverse populations, particularly populations that are disenfranchised, oppressed or marginalized.
  • Students will be able to analyze and apply social work values, ethics and principles in relation to diverse contexts and at multiple system levels.

(Concentration Year Objectives)

  • Students will be able to identify strategies to resolve ethical dilemmas in practice settings in accordance with the values of the social work profession.
  • Students will be able to apply a transcultural and multi-systems perspective in the context of a specific field of practice (aging; children, youth, and families; school social work; or health and mental health).

Goal 2. To prepare social workers for effective advanced practice from a transcultural multi-systems perspective with individuals across the lifespan, and with families, groups, organizations and communities.

 

(Foundation Year Objectives)

  • Students will be able to apply and critically analyze theoretical frameworks supported by empirical evidence to understand individual development and behavior across the life span and interactions between individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Students will be able to engage in self-reflection and use supervision and consultation in practice.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate skills for effective communication with diverse clients, colleagues and communities.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate use of a transcultural generalist perspective to systems of all sizes.

(Concentration Year Objectives)

  • Students will be able to evaluate critically the strengths and limitations of theories for use in multi-systems.
  • Students will be able to engage in self-evaluation and use supervision and consultation in practice while demonstrating a high degree of autonomy and skill.
  • Students will be able to differentially select and apply effective assessment and intervention skills in multi-systems practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Students will demonstrate advanced skills in communication, problem solving, and consultation with diverse systems of varying sizes.

Goal 3. To prepare social workers for leadership in advocating for positive change and innovation in social work policies, programs and practices to advance social justice and the well-being of individuals, families and communities.

 

(Foundation Year Objectives)

  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of issues related to power, privilege, oppression, and diversity that impact social services and skills of advocacy on behalf of clients and communities from a social justice perspective.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skill in analyzing and influencing social policy.
  • Students will be able to critically analyze the social work profession's mission and philosophy within contemporary and historical contexts.
  • Students will be able to work effectively in organizational and service systems and, as needed, facilitate systemic improvements and change.

(Concentration Year Objectives)

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of policies and programs in a specific field of practice (e.g., aging; children youth and families; school social work; or health and mental health) as well as skills for analyzing and influencing policies and programs.
  • Students will be able to apply multi-systems knowledge and skills to advocate with, and on behalf of, marginalized communities.

Goal 4. To prepare social workers to engage in critical inquiry in the service of the above goals.

(Foundation Year Objectives)

  • Students will be able to employ critical thinking and information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use reliable knowledge to inform effective social work practice.
  • Students will be able to critically review empirical evidence and understand strategies for investigating social work issues and problems, particularly as they impact disenfranchised, oppressed, or marginalized populations.

(Concentration Year Objectives)

  • Students will be able to conduct social work research relevant to the evaluation of practice or the examination of a social work issue.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate skills for examining empirical support for interventions and for refining and advancing the quality of their practice.

Goal 5. To contribute to social work through professional leadership and scholarship that advances social work knowledge, practice and values.

  • Leadership: Social work faculty provide leadership in the social work field through 
    service on boards, committees, and community coalitions; provision of consultation, 
    workshops, trainings and other work with groups and agencies; and direct service to the 
    community.
  • Development and Dissemination of social work knowledge. Faculty collectively 
    conduct research and contribute scholarly publications, presentations, evidence-based 
    curricula, and other contributions relevant to the field of social work and related 
    fields.