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MSW Program Objectives

MSW Program Objectives: The objectives specifically developed for the MSW program relate to the goals of educating advanced social work practitioners competent for specialized practice and knowledgeable in empirically supported methods of prevention and intervention. These goals translate into the following objectives for the MSW program:

  1. Each student will understand the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and oppression, and apply strategies and skills to the advancement of social change and economic justice, as well as client system empowerment, through specialized practice and scholarly pursuits at the MSW level.
  2. Each student will understand and apply professional values and ethics, generally and as applied to selected areas of specialization and scholarly pursuits, at the MSW level.
  3. Each student will understand and be able to interpret the history of the profession and the impact of this history on its current structure and issues, generally and as applied to selected areas of specialization and scholarly pursuits, at the MSW level.
  4. Each student will understand human diversity and the principles of multiculturalism and how culture affects individual, family, group, organizational, and community behavior and degrees of empowerment, as well as diversity effects on general and specialized practice and scholarly pursuits, at the MSW level.
  5. Each student will use communication skills and interpersonal skills differentially with a variety of client populations, colleagues, and members of the community in general and in specialized practice, at the MSW level.
  6. Each student will appropriately use supervision and consultation in general and specialized practice and scholarly pursuits, at the MSW level.
  7. Each student will develop critical thinking skills and use them to synthesize and apply appropriate theories and knowledge to practice interaction, generally and as applied to selected areas of specialization and scholarly pursuits, at the MSW level.
  8. Each student will be able to demonstrate the ability to evaluate practice and the ability to evaluate programs in general and specialized areas of MSW-level practice.
  9. Each student will understand the influence of bio-psycho-social variables on human development and behavior. Further, each student will understand the application of theoretical frameworks to interactions and the degree of empowerment that exists among and between individuals and social systems (families, groups, organizations, and communities), both generally and as applied to selected areas of specialization and scholarly pursuits, at the MSW level.
  10. Each student will understand quantitative/nomethetic and qualitative/ideographic methods of research and will be a discerning consumer of the research literature, generally and as applied to selected areas of specialization and scholarly pursuits, at the MSW level.
  11. Each student will understand policy formulation, implementation, and analysis and their impact on client systems, workers, agencies/organizations, and communities, as well as on client system empowerment, generally and as applied to selected areas of specialization, at the MSW level.
  12. Each student will demonstrate an understanding of factors related to risk and resilience in vulnerable populations and will demonstrate an ability to draw on the strengths perspective in implementing appropriate prevention and empowerment strategies, generally and in selected areas of specialization at the MSW level.