College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

MSW in Social Work

Overview

The primary MSW curriculum goal is to prepare students for a professional career in social work. All programs are based on an Advanced Generalist Practice model designed to provide a broad-based set of knowledge, skills, and values necessary for advanced social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Mission

The mission of the School of Social Work is to provide accessible, high quality education for generalist practice at the baccalaureate level and advanced generalist practice at the graduate level. We educate students to be ethical, knowledgeable, and versatile practitioners and leaders who value collaboration, social and economic justice, and lifelong Learning.

Goals & Objectives

To fulfill its mission, the MSW Program will work toward the following goals:

  1. Prepare social workers to provide leadership for social service agencies and communities in Northern California and the profession.
  2. Prepare social workers with the knowledge, values, ethics and skills for advanced generalist professional practice with multi-level systems.
  3. Prepare social workers for culturally competent practice in diverse settings with an emphasis on the Northern California region.
  4. Prepare social workers as leaders in advocacy and social and political action to promote human rights, social and economic justice.
  5. Prepare social workers to commit themselves to the profession enhancement and their own professional conduct and growth.
  6. Partner with community service agencies to produce competent social workers
  7. Prepare social workers to think critically and effectively utilize various sources of information to build on strengths and address complex problems.

Learning Outcomes

Advanced Concentration Student Learning Outcomes and Practice BehaviorsHow Each is Measured
1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
Practice personal reflection and self-correction in practice with a particular attention to diverse populationsExit Survey
Alumni Survey
658 – Case Presentation
2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
Use critical thinking skills to address complex ethical situations and respond appropriately based on the NASW Code of Ethics.Exit Survey
Alumni Survey
641 and 642
3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
Demonstrate the ability to communicate professional judgments to others in both verbal and written form.Exit Survey
Alumni Survey
658 – Case Presentation
Demonstrate the ability to consider and integrate multiple perspectives into the decision making process, with a particular focus on the situations of diverseExit Survey
Alumni Survey
641 and 642
4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
Seek out situations in an effort to broaden cultural understandingExit Survey
Alumni Survey
641 and 642
Note when personal biases arise and take initiative to discuss them with a supervisor or instructorExit Survey
Alumni Survey
643
5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
Actively participate in an effort to promote social and/or economic justiceExit Survey
Alumni Survey
654/655
6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
Systematically collect, analyze and report data that informs practice decisionsExit Survey
Alumni Survey
653 – Final Program Evaluation Plan
7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
Assess multiple conceptual frameworks, choose an appropriate one, and apply it to a practice situationExit Survey
Alumni Survey
653 - Final Program Evaluation Plan
8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
Actively advocate for a policy that is affecting the lives of members of an oppressed or underserved populationExit Survey
Alumni Survey
654/655
9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
Demonstrate the ability to utilize scientific and/or technological knowledge to solve problemsExit Survey
Alumni Survey
653 - Final Program Evaluation Plan
10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
A. Engagement
Demonstrate empathy and other interpersonal practice skills in complex practice situations with diverse clientsExit Survey
Alumni Survey
658 Case Presentation
B. Assessment
Demonstrate the ability to select culturally appropriate intervention goals in cooperation with cleintsExit Survey
Alumni Survey
658 Case Presentation
C. Intervention
Demonstrate the ability to help clients resolve complex problems while maintaining a focus on cultural humility and cultural competenceExit Survey
Alumni Survey
658 Case Presentation
D. Evaluation
Demonstrate the ability to develop a thoroughly researched and well-conceived plan to evaluate one’s practice and or a programAlumni Survey
Comp Exam
653 - Final Program Evaluation Plan