Social Work Program (MSW Program)
The MSW Program
aims are institutionalized through the following five program
goals and nine program objectives:
Goal 1: Prepare graduate students for employment as competent advanced direct social work practitioners.
Goal 2: Prepare graduates to apply multiple theoretical frameworks and practice models, including an Afrocentric perspective, humanistic values, and the Autonomous Social Work Practice model, focusing on a strengths-based approach, to resolve complex social problems at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
Goal 3: Prepare students to become culturally competent in advanced direct practice with diverse client systems, as well as to serve as advocates for social justice.
Goal 4: Prepare students to critically evaluate and apply research to practice, as well as disseminate research findings that contribute to professional development and enhanced practice with, and on behalf of, diverse populations.
Goal 5: Prepare
graduate social work students for advanced direct practice with
foci in Child and Family, Health/Mental Health, and School Social
1. Apply at the MSW level the foundation knowledge, skills, values and ethics of generalist social work practice in the assessment and treatment of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
2. Develop a professional identity as a social worker by applying professional values and ethics to advanced direct social work practice.
3. Apply empirically based theoretical frameworks to develop an understanding of the dynamic interactions that exist between human and environmental systems and how this interaction can manifest adaptive and maladaptive behaviors at all stages of development across the lifespan.
4. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of effective communication skills and a variety of intervention and practice models, including an Afrocentric perspective, humanistic values, and the Autonomous Social Work Practice model that builds on clients' strengths to address and resolve global complex social problems.
5. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for human diversity as evidenced by a heightened sense of social consciousness, involving the ability to understand one's own and others' racial, ethnic, and cultural background, to engage in nondiscriminatory culturally sensitive practice that seeks social and economic justice for clients, without regard to age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation.
6. Demonstrate the ability to understand how racism, discrimination, oppression, and social policies differentially affect different ethnic and cultural groups in order to influence social policies for the enhancement of social functioning and improvement of service delivery systems.
7. Use critical thinking skills to analyze, evaluate, and apply research findings to practice, including evaluating one's own practice, to effectively practice with, and on behalf of, diverse populations.
8. Use appropriate
supervision and consultation to conduct research and disseminate
with a high degree of autonomy and proficiency at the advanced
level by synthesizing and applying knowledge and skills acquired
in the Child and Family, Health/Mental Health or School Social
Applicants for admission to the two-year, full-time Plan of Study or the three-year, part-time Plan of Study must:
Applicants seeking admission to the Advanced Standing Plan of Study must:
The MSW program does not give
credit for life experiences or previous work experiences.
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