MSSW Goals & Objectives

MSSW PROGRAM GOALS

  1. The MSSW Program prepares students to practice effectively and ethically with the full range of social systems, emphasizing evidence-informed practice, a strengths approach, diversity, social justice, empowerment, and a critical thinking perspective.
  2. The MSSW program prepares students who understand the organizational contexts of social work practice and who are prepared to assume the responsibility for leadership positions, as well as engaging in life long learning.
  3. The MSSW Program prepares students, by valuing social work history and the integration of social work knowledge, to understand professional social work and to be prepared for advanced level concentration in either:

    • Concentration 1:
      Direct Practice with a specialization in
      (1) Child and Family Services,
      (2) Mental Health Services,
      (3) Health and Aging Services (in development)
    • Concentration 2:
      Community and Administrative Practice.

MSSW FOUNDATION EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.
  2. Understand the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles, and practice accordingly.
  3. Practice without discrimination and with respect, knowledge, and skills related to clients’ age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
  4. Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice.
  5. Understand and interpret the history of the social work profession and its contemporary structures and issues.
  6. Apply the knowledge and skills of the generalist perspective with systems of all sizes.
  7. 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.
  8. Analyze, formulate, and influence social policies.
  9. Evaluate research studies, apply research findings to practice, and evaluate their own practice interventions.
  10. Use communication skills differentially across client populations, colleagues, and communities.
  11. Use supervision and consultation appropriate to social work practice.
  12. Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and seek necessary organizational change.

DIRECT PRACTICE CONCENTRATION EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

By graduation, students specializing in Direct Practice will achieve the foundation objectives and the following advanced concentration objectives

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skill in direct practice with an area of specialization: child and family services, mental health services, or health/aging services (in development).
  2. Complete multidimensional, biopsychosocial assessments with client systems and groups in their area of specialization, taking into account client strengths, diversity and social justice.
  3. Develop and apply appropriate, evidence-informed, empowerment-based intervention plans within their area of specialization.
  4. Critically analyze theoretical models of micro practice to challenge societal oppression and discrimination, as well as for decision-making in practice.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, culture, and other client characteristics, in conducting culturally sensitive, competent, and ethical social work practice.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate practice activities by use of outcome and process techniques, using the results to modify practice.
  7. Demonstrate ability to integrate micro and macro practice, policy, and research into their area of service delivery in order to enhance client well-being.
  8. Engage in life-long learning and activities to update and improve professional knowledge and skills.

COMMUNITY & ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICE CONCENTRATION EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

By graduation, students specializing in Community and Administrative Practice will achieve the foundation objectives and the following advanced concentration objectives:

  1. Build on generalist skills in community assessment to design an intervention strategy including mission, goals, objectives, budget, logic model, and evaluation.
  2. Identify, critically evaluate, and apply appropriate, evidence-informed interventions at the agency or community level.
  3. Critically analyze and apply a variety of community and administrative theories to practice.
  4. Demonstrate skills in ethical and empowerment-based social work practice, taking into account the impact of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, culture, religion, national origin and other client characteristics in organizations, and communities.
  5. Design practice evaluation activities to improve human service interventions in organizations and communities.
  6. Demonstrate ability to integrate micro and macro practice, policy, and research into their area of service delivery in order to enhance client well-being.
  7. Prepare to engage in life-long learning and activities to update and improve professional knowledge and skills.