The MSW program offers one concentration, which is completed during the second full time year of the program. The concentration offered is Advanced Generalist Practice in a Rural Context. Advanced Generalist skills are applied to practice within the rural context and with people having rural lifestyles. The importance of examining issues of diversity, values and ethics, social and economic justice, populations at risk, and rurality is emphasized throughout the program.
Professional Foundation courses include content in the following areas: Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Work Policy and Services, Generalist Social Work Practice, Applied Research Methods, Rurality, and 460 clock hours of agency based Field Instruction.
Concentration (Advanced Generalist Practice in a Rural Context) courses include content in Advanced Generalist Practice Methods, Policy Analysis and Evaluation, Research (statistics/measurement and research practicum), and 500 clock hours of agency based Field Instruction.
Advanced generalist practice builds on the generalist foundation, incorporating the elements listed above, but characterized by a greater depth, breadth, and autonomy as demonstrated through specialized knowledge across problem areas, populations at risk and practice settings, with a greater selection of diverse interactions across practice levels. Briefly advanced generalist practice requires:
- The ability to differentially assess complex problems with systems of all sizes, with a variety of advanced assessment skills.
- Specialized interventions with systems of all sizes.
- Differential evaluation techniques with systems of all sizes.
- Readiness for leadership in a variety of areas including: program development, coordination and administration; clinical and organizational supervision; policy creation, reform and implementation; leadership in research development and utilization, particularly in practice settings; professional development.
MSW Concentration Program Outcomes and Student Learning Outcomes
The MSW concentration program outcomes (competencie) and student learning outcomes (practice behaviors) build upon the MSW foundation. MSW graduates demonstrate the ability to:
Competency 2.1.1: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct one self accordingly.
1.1 Students will demonstrate leadership in advocating for client access to the services of social work for rural people and communities;
1.2 Students will provide supervision in the development of profession behavior as it relates to rural social work;
1.3 Students will demonstrate leadership through education, research, and service related to advance practice in rural a rural context.
Competency 2.1.2: Apply Social Work ethical values and principles to guide professional practice.
2.1 Students will apply ethical decision-making to analyze and implement multiple codes of ethics with the purpose to enhance practice with rural people and communities in all settings;
2.2 Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize and manage personal and professional values in order to engage in advanced rural practice with multiple systems.
Competency 2.1.3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgment as it relates to all client levels.
3.1Students will demonstrate the ability to develop, analyze, advocate, and provide leadership for policies and services in order to promote social and economic justice
3.2 Students will use advanced generalist skills to practice autonomously with systems of all sizes in rural settings
Competency 2.1.4: Engage diversity and difference in practice.
4.1 Students will demonstration the identify, analyze and apply social constructions of rurality within and across diverse groups (e.g. gender, ethnicity/race, age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation) and across multiple system levels;
4.2 Students will apply an integration of awareness, sensitivity and professional response to issues of values, ethics, diversity, social justice and populations at risk
Competency 2.1.5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
5.1 Students will demonstrate the ability to use cultural competence to promote social and economic justice to systems of all sizes within and outside of rural communities
5.2 Students will provide leadership in specialized practices at multiple levels advancing social and economic justice in rural environments.
Competency 2.1.6: Engage in research- informed practice and practice informed research.
6.1 Students will demonstrate the ability to identify, evaluate, and implement research and practice strategies with rural systems and social networks
6.2 Students will demonstrate leadership skills to design, development and implement research and technological advances to enhance social work practice in a rural context
Competency 2.1.7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
7.1 Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize theoretical frameworks to guide differential assessments, specialized interventions, and evaluation for advanced rural social work practice
7.2 Students will apply theories, models, and research appropriately to systems of all sizes to solve problems and alleviate oppression in rural environments locally and globally
7.3 Students will apply theories, models, and research to leadership, administration clinical and organizational supervision, and program and policy development.
Competency 2.1.8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
8.1 Students will demonstrate the ability to develop, prepare, implement and evaluate policies that improve the well-being of rural populations and communities;
8.2 Students will demonstrate leadership skills in advocacy and policy practice to deliver services to multiple systems in rural areas;
8.3 Students will develop and apply analytical frameworks to change situations for rural people and rural communities.
Competency 2.1.9: Respond to contexts that shape practice.
9.1 Students will disseminate knowledge to act as a change agent in improving service delivery for rural people and rural communities;
9.2 Students will demonstrate leadership in the application of advanced differential assessment, interventions, and evaluations to respond to the changing contexts of rural areas.
Competency 2.1.10: Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
10.1 Students will demonstrate the ability to use leadership skills to engage multiple systems (individuals, families, groups, communities and organization) in rural environments.
10.2 Students will select, evaluate and implement appropriate assessment instruments to assess and develop specialized interventions with target populations on multiple levels;
10.3 Students will provide leadership to adapt, modify, develop, and implement differential assessment strategies, tools and approaches with multiple systems in a rural context.
10.4 Students will demonstrate the ability to relate appropriate theories, models, and research to client systems and circumstances;
10.5 Students will apply leadership skills in identifying, analyzing, and implementing evidence-based interventions designed to achieve client goals;
10.6 Students will apply advanced intervention strategies across multiple system levels in a rural context;
10.7 Students will demonstrate the ability to manage, coordinate and improve human service networks and service agencies in delivering services to rural clients.
10.8 Students will demonstrate the ability to identify, develop and apply differential evaluation strategies in advanced social work interventions with systems of all sizes in rural communities;
10.9 Students will communication and disseminate evaluation results appropriate to the intended audience
10.10 Students will provide leadership in program development, coordination administration and evaluation; clinical and organizational supervision, research development and utilization, policy creation, reform and implementation and the promotion of social and economic justice