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 generalist 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 in need.
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 settings.
A.3.1 Demonstrate professional, accurate and effective written and oral communication appropriate to the practice setting.
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 strengths perspective.
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 services.
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 systems.
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 system needs.
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.