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Department of Social Work
1339 Wahnish Way
300 Banneker Building B
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
 
 

MSW Program Objectives

The MSW program ensures that students who successfully complete the graduate program in social work will meet the following program objectives:

1.    TAKING PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

Objective: Student will display appropriate attitudes and behaviors consistent with professional social worker practice.
Outcome: Students will demonstrate responsibility for their actions by adhering to the values espoused in the NASW Code of Ethics and the Florida social work regulatory statutes and its rules.
Related Goals:    
  • Goal #1:  Ethical Practice
  • Goal #2:  Social and Economic Justice
  • Goal #4:  Comprehensiveness    
  • Goal #6:  Acquiring and Refining Advanced Skills

2.  THINKING PROFESSIONALLY

Objective:  Student will learn to think critically about the human condition and how to solve social problems, applying the problem-solving method.
Outcome:  Students will demonstrate proficiency in applying ethical standards to practice, as well as the ability to contextualize human challenges by applying critical thinking skills to solve issues affecting systems.             
Related Goals:    
  • Goal #1:  Ethical Practice
  • Goal #4:  Comprehensiveness
  • Goal #5:  Dimensions of Human Development
  • Goal #6:  Acquiring and Refining Advanced Skills

3.  ASSESSMENT OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND SYSTEMS


Objective:  Students will understand the nature of human growth and development over the life span and will demonstrate mastery of how systems of all sizes develop.
Outcome:  Students will accurately apply appropriate theoretical frameworks of human development and systems theories with a focus on the strengths of social systems.
Related Goals:    
  • Goal #4:  Comprehensiveness
  • Goal #5:  Dimensions of Human Development
  • Goal #6:  Acquiring and Refining Advanced Skills

4.  PROMOTING SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE

    
Objective:  Students will develop a sensitivity to human needs as they relate to diverse populations in order to create a more just society at the local, state, national and international levels.
Outcome:   Students will demonstrate an appreciation for diversity and will articulate and apply culturally sensitive principles of economic, social and political justice to complex situations through theory, practice, policy and research.
Related Goals:    
  • Goal #2:  Social and Economic Justice
  • Goal #4:  Comprehensiveness
  • Goal #6:  Acquiring and Refining Advanced Skills
  • Goal #7:  Commitment to Populations-at-Risk

5.  REFINING SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE SKILLS


Objective:  Students will build upon the historical roots of social work, a liberal arts foundation and generalist social work skills to become practitioners who can analyze, intervene, evaluate, and engage in advanced social work practice skills in social service administration that are highly differentiated, discriminating and self-critical.
Outcome:  Students will competently employ research, interventions, and communication skills to enhance, evaluate, and refine their practice and to contribute to the profession’s body of knowledge.
Related Goals:    
  • Goal #3:  Professional Leadership
  • Goal #4:  Comprehensiveness
  • Goal #6:  Acquiring and Refining Advanced Skills

6.  PURSUING EXCELLENCE

        
Objective:  Students will demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and development through continued scholarship, practice, service and life-long learning.
Outcome:   Students will evaluate their own professional growth, participate appropriately in supervision, engage in activities that support social  work values, and be committed to life-long professional learning.
Related Goals:    
  • Goal #4:  Comprehensiveness
  • Goal #6:  Acquiring and Refining Advanced Skills
  • Goal #8:  Life-Long Learning

7.  BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH ADMINISTRATIVE  LEADERSHIP

                  
Objective: Students will master the knowledge and skills necessary to intervene effectively with and between organizations, particularly  on behalf of those populations who are at-risk.
Outcome:  Students will utilize their advanced knowledge of social work administration to analyze, intervene, and evaluate systems with a high degree of autonomy and proficiency in order to help build strong, empowered communities.
Related Goals:    
  • Goal #3: Professional Leadership
  • Goal #6: Acquiring and Refining Advanced Skills
  • Goal #7: Commitment to Populations-at-Risk