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MSW Program Objectives:
Foundation, Clinical and SWAAP

  Foundation Level Clinical Concentration SWAAP Concentration
Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly Advocate for client access to the services of social work. Maintain a social work identity within clinical settings. Prepare for and advocate for the needs of vulnerable populations.
  Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development. Demonstrate the ability to develop clinical relationships with clients that reflect an understanding of both self and other.

Demonstrate the ability to develop respectful and productive relationships with other professional staff.

Identify unique qualities in professional boundaries when partnering with clients in community practice settings.
  Attend to professional roles & boundaries. Demonstrate the ability to function within clearly-defined professional roles and boundaries based on client needs and agency context/services. Plan for engaging in lifelong learning to enhance knowledge and skills for work with organizations and communities.
  Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication. Identify specific areas where continued learning and supervision are needed in order to competently practice at the MSW level. Demonstrate the ability to receive and assess the impact of supervision and consultation.
  Engage in career-long learning. Prepare for supervision with a clear agenda that identifies specific clinical questions and concerns. Demonstrate the ability to provide and assess the impact of supervision and consultation.
  Use supervision and consultation.    
Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice. Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice. Apply ethical decision-making skills to issues specific to clinical social work settings and practice. Demonstrate the ability to apply ethical standards and laws for professional social work practice in work with organizations and communities.
  Make ethical decisions by applying standards of the NASW Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the IFSW/IASSW Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles. Employ strategies of ethical reasoning to address the impact of technology and other advancements in clinical practice on client rights. Recognize the ways in which complex systems can generate conflicting priorities and ambiguities that require professional value-based judgments.
  Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts. Identify and use knowledge of relationship dynamics, including power differentials, to appropriately guide clinical interactions with clients. Use strategies and models to resolve ethical conflicts in work with organizations and communities.
  Apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions. Recognize and manage personal biases that may affect the clinical relationship and impact clients’ well-being.  
    Utilize appropriate consultation and supervision to process clinical situations involving ethical conflicts or decisions.  
Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments Distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom. Articulate professional clinical impressions which integrate research knowledge, experiential learning, and client self-report. Engage diverse constituents in critical community and organizational analysis and problem-solving.
  Analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate clients' strengths and vulnerabilities while utilizing specific clinical practice models. Use logic, critical thinking, and creativity in written and oral communication with organizations and communities.
  Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues. Critically evaluate, select, and utilize appropriate assessment, diagnostic, intervention, and practice evaluation tools.

Evaluate the applicability of relevant theoretical perspectives to clients' conditions.

Demonstrate the ability to communicate informed clinical judgments, verbally and in writing, to other professionals.

Safeguards clients' dignity in all communications.

Engage in diversity and difference in practice Recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power. Demonstrate the ability to analyze oppression within systems of service delivery and its impact on client well-being. Perform community needs assessments which are inclusive of issues of class, culture, power and other differences.
  Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups. Demonstrates the ability to identify the intersection between one’s own privilege and power and the client’s culture and background within the context of the clinical relationship. Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values when engaging in organizing, advocacy, and administration with diverse groups.
  Recognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences. Identify and use practitioner/client differences to enhance the clinical relationship and work toward achieving client goals. Continue to learn about, recognize, understand, and communicate the environmental and social contexts that shape realities for different people and groups.
      Utilize the strengths of differing life experiences to build inclusive communities and organizations.
  View themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants. Demonstrate the ability to modify best-practice approaches in order to enhance cultural competence. Engage with and ensure participation of diverse and marginalized community and organizational constituents.
Advocate human rights and social and economic justice Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination. Integrate knowledge of the experience and effects of oppression, marginalization, discrimination, or historical trauma in treatment planning and interventions. Advocate for human and civil rights individually and collectively.
  Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice. Demonstrate an understanding of the depth and breadth of social and economic injustice, and integrate into treatment plans advocacy efforts aimed at eliminating mental health, health, or income disparities. Engage in advocacy practices that advance social and economic justice in both communities and organizations.
  Engage in practices that advance social and economic justice.    
Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research Use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry. Demonstrate the ability to apply the evidence-based practice process in clinical assessment and intervention with clients. Utilize community and organizational practice experiences to guide scientific inquiry.
  Use research evidence to inform practice. Effectively  evaluate one’s own clinical practice and share results with other professionals. Appraise and utilize research to develop and implement community and organizational interventions.
      Advance research that is participatory and inclusive of community and organizational practice constituencies.
Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation. Synthesize and differentially apply theories of human behavior and the social environment to guide clinical practice. Incorporate a broad understanding of theories of change in planning and developing interventions within communities.
  Critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment. Use bio-psycho-social-spiritual theories and multi-axial diagnostic classification systems in formulation of comprehensive assessments.

Consult with medical professionals, as needed, to confirm diagnosis and/or to monitor medication in the treatment process.

Incorporate a broad understanding of theories of change in planning and developing interventions within organizations.
Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services Analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being. Understand the impact of policies on clinical service delivery and the lives of clients and communicate this knowledge to relevant stakeholders. Analyze policies by understanding the role of social, economic, and political forces on policy formulation, and the implications for less powerful and oppressed group.
  Collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action. Demonstrate the ability to assemble appropriate evidence in advocating for policies that improve clinical services and advance client well- being.

Engage in efforts to influence policies to promote improved clinical services and enhanced client well-being.

Able to assess the effectiveness of advocacy efforts.

Actively use policy practice skills to advance policies that improve the effectiveness of social services and the well-being of people, especially the most vulnerable.
Respond to contexts that shape practice Continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services. Consider changing social conditions and emerging trends to keep clinical services relevant to the experiences and evolving social contexts of client populations. Strategically plan organizational and community change and development in response to changing social, economic, and political conditions.
  Provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services. Identify the social, cultural, political, economic, technological, environmental, and/or legal factors underpinning client problems.

Engage in collaborative practice with other social workers, service consumers, and community leaders to address problematic conditions.

Provide leadership in organizations and communities for effective, ethical interventions that improve the well-being of individuals, families, organizations and communities.
Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
Substantively and effectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Build professional clinical relationships with clients that establish clear boundaries and expectations. Engage diverse community constituents and seek varied perspectives to prepare for community and organizational needs assessments.
  Use empathy and other interpersonal skills. Develop clinical relationships that are culturally appropriate and recognize interpersonal and contextual factors that affect the therapeutic relationship. Use leadership skills to engage staff members and to promote organizational diversity.
  Develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes. Establish a collaborative process with clients around treatment goals and therapeutic modalities which incorporates clients’ preferences. Use leadership skills to engage staff members in order to develop high levels of morale within organizations.
Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
Collect, organize, and interpret client data. Synthesize client data from a variety of sources utilizing bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment in order to form diagnostic impressions. Assess and analyze client needs by integrating empirical and community data to inform the development of client-focused programs and services.
  Assess client strengths and limitations. Elucidate clients’ presenting problems and assess their readiness for change. Assess and analyze community and organizational capacities, strengths, and needs to support the development of client-focused programs and services.
  Develop mutually agreed-upon goal & objectives. Assess strengths and resources that are available to help address clients’ problems or circumstances.  
  Select appropriate intervention strategies. Use clinical assessments or diagnoses to help develop appropriate intervention strategies within the context of the agency’s services.  
Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals. Select and implement clinical treatment plans and evidence-based strategies based on client preferences as well as appropriate theory and research. Intervene with communities and organizations through a variety of models, methods, strategies and tactics identified as appropriate to the context and need for change.
  Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities. Utilize clinical frameworks and treatment protocols indicated by assessment findings. Develop a program budget that reflects diverse funding sources to meet client needs.
  Help clients resolve problems. Collaborate with other professionals to coordinate additional treatment services. Develop comprehensive program and policy designs that reflect use of the best available research, client feedback, and practitioner wisdom.
  Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients. Facilitate termination of clinical relationships with attention to clients’ emotional well being.  
  Facilitate transitions and endings. Facilitate termination of clinical relationships by assisting clients to develop plans to maintain goal achievements.  
Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
Critically analyze, monitor and evaluate interventions. Monitor clients’ progress towards identified treatment goals and evaluate intervention effectiveness. Evaluate key measurement indicators of program implementation and client outcomes to maintain and improve effective services.
    Document clients’ progress in agency records as required.

Use established research methods to evaluate clinical and practice effectiveness and/or outcomes.

Disseminate outcomes of interventions to help understand when and why interventions hinder or improve human wellbeing.

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