UW Oshkosh MSW Program Mission and Goals
MSW Program at UW-Oshkosh Beginning Fall 2016
The mission of the Department of Social Work is to offer a strengths-based educational program that
guides and prepares Social Work students to become caring professionals with a commitment to knowledge, critical thinking, social justice values and practice skills.
The Department of Social Work at UW Oshkosh will offer the MSW degree beginning Fall 2016. The
curriculum offerings will comply with the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) of the
Council on Social Work Education. Graduates of the UW Oshkosh MSW will be competent professionals who
will meet the social service practice needs of the Fox Valley and beyond.
The UW Oshkosh MSW has four Goals:
- Prepare advanced degree social workers to assume leadership roles in clinical/mental health care and health care settings in order to meet the growing needs of the Fox Valley and beyond.
- Prepare professional social workers to engage in activities that will contribute to the development
and improvement of social policy at local, regional, state, and national levels as it pertains to
culturally relevant mental health and health care services.
- Engage in collaborative partnerships with other academic units and degree programs at UW
Oshkosh, as well as with organizational entities in the Fox Valley region in order to improve
community well being.
- Engage in teaching, research, and evaluation activities that promote best practices in mental health
and health care practice and encourage innovation and discovery to improve the well being of those
The UW Oshkosh MSW Program will offer two concentrations in the Advanced Curriculum:
Clinical/Mental Health Practice and Health Care Practice. Advanced coursework will be interdisciplinary and
allow students to take relevant elective courses in Public Administration, Counseling and Nursing, as well as
Social Work. Graduates will be competent in the 10 CSWE Practice competencies and will have practice
expertise specifically in mental health or health care practice.
MSW students in the Foundation Curriculum will become competent in the 9 practice competencies
mandated by the 2015 Council on Social Work Education-Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.
The Advanced Curriculum will build on the 10 CSWE practice competencies, which will be measured by the
following 23 Advanced Practice Behaviors:
Graduates of the UW Oshkosh MSW Program will:
A.1.1 Demonstrate leadership and professionalism in social service practice settings.
A.1.2 Demonstrate initiative in professional growth and development.
A.2.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of interdisciplinary ethical practice within mental health
and/or health care settings.
A.2.2 Successfully resolve ethical dilemmas encountered in mental health and/or physical health care
A.3.1 Demonstrate professional, accurate and effective written and oral communication appropriate to the
A.3.2 Demonstrate application of multiple methods of evaluation and assessment of service delivery.
A.4.1 Effectively employ social work knowledge and skills with diverse client systems, especially those who
are vulnerable and oppressed.
A.4.2 Demonstrate cultural competency in all social work contexts.
A.5.1 Identify and attend to resource gaps in relevant practice settings.
A.5.2 Advocate for and on behalf of client systems.
A.6.1 Critically evaluate practice interventions to determine if theory-based, best/evidence-based practices
are being employed in the practice setting and suggest improvements when warranted.
A.6.2 Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
and their application within the mental health/ health care setting.
A.7.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a wide range of theoretical and practice frameworks
relevant to mental health/ health care settings, including ecological systems theories and the
A.7.2 Demonstrate knowledge, and skill in the application of a wide range of assessment and intervention
models relevant to mental health/ health care practice, including the Person in Environment and the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
A.8.1 Articulate and implement a vision for leadership regarding the promotion of best/evidence-based
practice in mental health/ health care policy.
A.8.2 Actively engage in policy practice to improve client system outcomes for mental health/ health care
A.9.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the variety of technologies employed in mental health/
health care practice, critically examine these in relation to social work values, and suggest
improvements when warranted.
A.9.2 Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with a wide array of professional helpers on behalf of client
A.10.1 Demonstrate initiative and effective skills in engaging with client systems.
A.10.2 Effectively, systematically, and collaboratively assess client system needs and professionally
articulate/document these findings to clients and relevant co-workers.
A.10.3 Effectively and collaboratively identify and employ best/evidence-based interventions to meet client
A.10.4 Effectively, systematically, and collaboratively evaluate client system outcomes and professionally
articulate/document these findings with clients and relevant co-workers.
A.10.5 Effectively and collaboratively terminate client services when goals have been met.