Stephen F. Austin State University

MSW Concentration

MSW Concentration

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:

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 Advocate for client access to the services of social work for rural people and rural communities;
1.2 Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development in advanced rural social work;
1.3 Attend to professional roles and boundaries while working in rural communities;
1.4 Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication appropriate for working with rural people and communities;
1.5 Engage in career-long learning in advanced rural social work; and
1.6 Use supervision and consultation appropriate for rural advanced social work.
1.7 Demonstrate leadership through education, research, and service related to advanced practice in rural areas and with rural people

Competency 2.1.2: Apply Social Work ethical values and principles to guide professional practice.
2.1 Apply ethical decision-making skills specific to practicing with rural people and rural communities in all settings.
2.2 Engage in comparative analysis of multiple codes of ethics
2.3 Recognize and manage personal and professional values to engage in effective 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.
3.1 Develop, analyze, advocate, and provide leadership for policies and services; promoting social and economic justice.
3.2 Use research and technological advances in evaluating program outcomes and practice effectiveness.
3.3 Use differential and more complex skills to practice autonomously with systems of all sizes in rural settings.
3.4 Evaluate, select, and implement appropriate assessment, intervention, and evaluation tools for use with rural populations and communities.

Competency 2.1.4: Engage diversity and difference in practice.
4.1 Identify and apply factors competently within and across diverse groups (e.g. gender, ethnicity/race, age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation) and across multiple system levels.
4.2 Analyze and compare different social constructions of rurality and consider their implications.
4.3 Apply an integration of awareness, sensitivity and professional response to issues of 4.4 values, ethics, diversity, social justice and populations at risk.

Competency 2.1.5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
5.1 Advocate at multiple levels for equal access of services for rural people and their communities
5.2 Engage in specialized practices that advance social and economic justice in rural environments.
5.3 Use cultural competence to promote social and economic justice to systems of all sizes within and outside of rural communities.

Competency 2.1.6: Engage in research- informed practice and practice informed research.
6.1 Relate advanced theories, models, and research to appropriate multi-level systems with rural people and rural communities.
6.3 Identify, evaluate, and implement effective research and practice strategies with rural systems and social networks.
6.3 Apply advanced research skills to the evaluation of rural issues, people and communities.
6.4 Work collaboratively with multiple systems to assess intervention efficacy and effectiveness.

Competency 2.1.7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
7.1 Utilize theoretical frameworks to guide differential assessments, specialized interventions, and evaluation for effective advanced rural social work practice;
7.2 Apply theories, models, and research appropriately to systems of all sizes to solve problems and alleviate oppression in rural environments locally and globally; and
72. Relate 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 Develop, prepare, evaluate, and implement policies that improve the well-being of rural populations and rural communities.
8.2 Use advocacy skills to effectively deliver services to rural populations.
8.3 Apply policy practice skills to multiple systems.
8.4 Use analytical frameworks to change situations for rural people and rural communities.

Competency 2.1.9: Respond to contexts that shape practice.
9.1 Act as a change agent in mobilizing resources for rural people and rural communities.
9.2 Develop and disseminate knowledge to improve the service delivery systems in rural communities.
9.3 Use advanced differential assessments, 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.

Engagement (individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations)
10.1 Engage multiple different systems of various sizes in rural communities.
10.2 Use differential engagement skills in preparing for action with systems of all sizes; and
10.3 Use leadership skills to engage multiple systems in rural environments.

Assessment (individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations)
10.4 Adapt, modify, develop, and implement assessment tools and approaches with multiple systems in rural communities
10.5 Conduct needs assessments to determine interventions
10.6 Evaluate, select, and implement appropriate assessment instruments with target populations.
10.7 Relate appropriate theories, models, and research to client systems and circumstances.

Intervention (individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations)
10.8 Apply multiple types of advanced intervention strategies across all system levels: individual, families, groups, communities and organizations.
10.9 Apply specialized interventions with systems of all sizes
10.10 Use leadership in a variety of areas including: program development, coordination and administration; and clinical and organizational supervision.
10.11 Provide leadership in research development and utilization; and policy creation, reform and implementation.
10.12 Manage and coordinate human service networks in delivering services to rural clients
10.13 Use cultural competence in promoting social and economic justice in rural settings.
10.14 Implement appropriate and effective strategies to improve operations or processes in rural social service organizations
10.15 Identify, analyze, and implement evidence-based interventions designed to achieve client goals;
10.16 Provide leadership for policies and services; promoting social and economic justice.

Evaluation (individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations)
10.17 Apply research skills to the evaluation of problems faced by rural people and communities.
10.18 Identify and use evaluation tools for multiple systems in rural settings
10.19 Communicate and disseminate evaluation results appropriate to the intended audience.
10.20 Use differential evaluation strategies in advanced social work interventions with systems of all sizes in rural communities and rural people.
10.21 Develop evaluation strategies for working with systems of all sizes in rural communities; and
10.22 Apply leadership skills in the evaluation of services and programs with systems of all sizes in rural environments.