MSW Mission, Themes & Goals
The University of Wisconsin Green Bay and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh have established a Collaborative MSW Program that prepares social workers for advanced practice as facilitators, partners and leaders in planned change activities with service users and community service providers.
The program's goal is to educate professionals ready to assume administrative and direct practice leadership roles within this region's increasingly diverse and transforming rural and metropolitan environments. The mission statement of the Collaborative MSW Program is stated as follows:
The advanced professional Master of Social Work degree is a joint effort by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Oshkosh to prepare social workers for advanced practice as facilitators, partners and leaders in planned change activities with service users and community service providers in the region.
The program's goal is to educate professionals ready to assume administrative and direct practice leadership roles within this region's increasingly diverse and transforming rural environments. It aims to prepare practitioners who can work to strengthen families through programs, services, and policies supportive of family and community well being, with special emphasis on family needs in rural and tribal settings.
Concomitantly, the program aims to promote interdisciplinary learning and coordinated inter-professional practice to actively address social issues. Additional emphasis is placed on professional acceptance of responsibility to participate in civic life and to provide leadership in the community and to encourage the inclusion and representation of Native Americans and members of cultures and diverse groups in the region.
Finally, the advanced program strives to address adult learner expectations for ease of access and user-friendly content delivery.
Public Sector Practice: Improving the quality of life of people and communities served by publicly funded agencies (including private sector programs receiving public funds) and encouraging democratic participation in community decision making in order to influence quality of life concerns.
Leadership Roles: Assuming leadership roles in direct practice, administration and policy development in order to strengthen communities, organizations, and families.
Family Focus: Enhancing family functioning, improving community and agency support for families, and enhancing the quality of life for families within the region.
Diversity: Promoting advocacy and interventions to enhance the well being of vulnerable and oppressed people within the region.
Rural Emphasis: Reflecting the inclusion of the unique needs and circumstances of rural people, agencies, and communities in the region.
Interdisciplinary Cooperation: Encouraging active involvement with other academic units and professional disciplines in order to address quality of life concerns. All course work throughout the program is built on and infused with these themes.
The mission and themes suggest seven goals of the Collaborative MSW Program. The Program is designed to:
- Prepare advanced degree social workers to assume administrative leadership and direct practice leadership roles in public and tribal sector practice within an increasingly diverse and transforming rural environment;
- Promote and provide regional professional development activities that support advanced practice learning, including commensurate use of internet and distance education modes of course delivery;
- Through research, evaluation of practice and program evaluation, contribute to the development of professional knowledge aimed toward the strengthening of family functioning and the enhancement of community and agency supports for users of social work services;
- Undertake activities inside and outside the classroom that will contribute to the development and improvement of social policy at local, regional, state, and national levels as it pertains to families or other users of public, tribal, and other culturally relevant social services;
- Develop and utlize collaborative partnerships with other academic units and degree programs in the UW System or elsewhere and with other organizational entities in the Northeastern region;
- Provide active leadership in the social work profession and engage in public service activites within the Northeast region, actively encouraging democratic community decision-making in order to favorably influence quality of life concerns;
- Through teaching, research, evaluation, policy development and advocacy activities inside and outside the classroom, actively confront oppression in the community, especially as it affects individuals and families using public sector services.