Upon graduating from the MSW foundation year curriculum, students will:
- Advocate for clients' access to the services of social work.
- Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development.
- Attend to professional roles and boundaries.
- Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication.
- Engage in career-long learning.
- Use supervision and consultation.
- Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice.
- Make ethical decisions by applying standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles.
- Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts.
- Apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions.
- Distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom.
- Analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation.
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues.
- Recognize the extent to which a culture's structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power.
- Gain sufficient self awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups.
- Recognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences.
- View themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants.
- Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination.
- Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice.
- Engage in practices that advance social and economic justice.
- Use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry.
- Use research evidence to inform practice.
- Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation.
- Critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment.
- Analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being.
- Collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action.
- Continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services.
- Provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services.
- Substantively and effectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Use empathy and other interpersonal skills to develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes.
- Collect, organize, and interpret client data.
- Assess client strengths and limitations.
- Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives; and select appropriate intervention strategies.
- Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals.
- Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities.
- Help clients resolve problems.
- Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients; and facilitate transitions and endings.
- Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions.
Upon graduating from the Concentration/Advance Standing curriculum, students will demonstrate the above behaviors in more complex, dynamic and multi-systemic content.