Master of Social Work: Program Goals and Objectives

Hawaii Pacific University
School of Social Work
Master in Social Work Program Goals, Core Competencies (CCs) and Practice Behaviors (PBs) 
Advanced Generalist SWRK Model with concentration in Cultural Competent SWRK Practice


MSW PROGRAM GOALS


1. To prepare graduates who will demonstrate competence in social work practice at an advanced level with client systems of all sizes. 
2. To prepare graduates who will be able to work effectively with diverse populations in multicultural settings. 
3. To prepare graduates who understand the social contexts of social work practice at micro, mezzo, and macro levels, including the changing nature of those contexts, and who advocate for social and economic justice. 
4. To promote the values and ethics of professional social work in the program and in its graduates’ practice. 
5. To develop in graduates an appropriate foundation for and valuing of lifelong learning, leadership, and generation of knowledge.


FOUNDATION YEAR ADVANCED YEAR
CC1: Professional Identity
PB 1.1:  PB 1.1: 
Students participate in social work advocacy practice to ensure people's access to services.  Students advocate ensuring people's access to services of social work in the context of diverse and multidisciplinary settings. 
PB 1.2:  PB 1.2: 
Students are knowledgeable about the history of social work profession, and are committed to promote the profession. Students analyze and interpret the history of the social work profession and its contemporary structures and challenges in the context of diversity and multidisciplinary settings.  
PB 1.3: PB 1.3:
Students engage in beginning level personal reflection to identify their professional strengths, limitations, biases, and challenges as part of continual professional development, including consistent and continuous use of supervision and consultation. Students practice in-depth critical personal reflection to identify and understand strengths, limitations, biases, and challenges as part of their career-long learning, with continuous use of supervision and consultation.
PB 1.4:  PB 1.4:
Students identify as social work professionals and demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication in efforts to develop, manage, and maintain collaborative relationships with clients and professionals of other disciplines. Students demonstrate professional leadership demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication that are culturally appropriate in efforts to create change, evaluate and enhance the well-being and sustainability of systems of all sizes.
PB 1.5:  PB 1.5: 
Students gain awareness of the contributions that social workers make to social entrepreneurship and to the knowledge-building and leadership of the profession.  Students develop and apply specific strategies to contribute to social entrepreneurship and to the knowledge-building and leadership of the profession. 
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CC 2: Values & Ethics
Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice
PB 2.1:  PB 2.1: 
Students recognize the significance of adhering to the standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and the professional values to guide practice. Students are motivated to acquire and practice within the standards of social work licenses and/or credentials. 
PB 2.2:  PB 2.2: 
Students develop and manage their personal and professional social work values into an ethical worldview that promote personal integrity and guide their practice.  Students reconcile their personal and professional social work values into a refined culturally competent ethical worldview that promote personal integrity and advance the quality of their practice.
PB 2.3 PB 2.3
Students begin to demonstrate tolerance toward ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts. Students demonstrate advanced leadership skills and strategies of ethical reasoning in resolving ethical conflicts in the context of diversity and multidisciplinary settings.
PB 2.4:  PB 2.4: 
Students make ethical decisions in practice and research by critically applying ethical standards including, but not limited to, the NASW Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the IFSW. Students resolve ethical conflicts in practice and research by critically applying ethical standards including, but not limited to, the NASW Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the IFSW.
PB 2.5
Students utilize consultation appropriately in ethical decision making. HPU Advanced Generalist Social Work in  Cultural Competent Practice


CC 3: Critical Thinking
Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments
PB 3.1:  PB 3.1: 
Students begin to understand models of assessment, prevention, and evaluation. Students demonstrate building culturally sensitive professional relationships.
PB 3.2:  PB 3.2: 
Students recognize the significant of different ways of knowing, integrating multiple source of knowledge. Students demonstrate effective culturally sensitive oral and written communication skills.
PB 3.3: PB 3.3:
Students begin to demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues. Students demonstrate advanced critical and creative thinking to find culturally competent solutions within social work practice.

PB 3.4:

Students critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize multiple sources of local and global information and knowledge, including research, evidence, strength and community-based models. 

PB 3.5:

Students evaluate and select multidimensional assessment to identify and articulate the strengths and needs of clients from an intersectional perspective and implement appropriate intervention to client situations.


CC 4: Diversity
Engage diversity and difference in practice
PB 4.1:  PB 4.1: 
Students begin to demonstrate self-awareness particularly about their personal values, prejudices and biases, and power differential.  Students demonstrate advanced self-awareness particularly about their personal values, prejudices and biases, and power differential, and manage them appropriately to the best interest of diverse client systems. 
PB 4.2:  PB 4.2: 
Students recognize and describe how cultural and social structures affect the life experiences of clients in different contexts.  Students critically analyze and demonstrate how cultural and social structures affect the life experiences of clients in different contexts.
PB 4.3:  PB 4.3:
Students gain awareness of cultural competence, reflecting respect for diversity as a value that shapes practice with diverse populations.  Students integrate culturally sensitive/appropriate practices in the context of diverse and multidisciplinary settings. 
PB 4.4: PB 4.4:
Students recognize the extent to which institutions may marginalize, oppress, and discriminate against certain populations.  Students recognize, affirm, and respect clients as experts of their own life experience, and collaborate with them to design and implement effective culturally sensitive practices.  


CC 5: Social/Economic Justice
Advance human rights and social and economic justice
PB 5.1:  PB 5.1: 
Students recognize intersectionality of various political and socio-economic factors that affect civil and human rights at local, national and global levels.  Students integrate social and economic justice content grounded in an understanding of humanity, human and civil rights, and the global interconnections of oppression within the context of intersectionality.
PB 5.2: PB 5.2: 
Students understand various forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination at multiple levels. Students initiate appropriate culturally sensitive social action in collaboration with other professionals and communities to promote the human rights of marginalized populations. 
PB 5.3:  PB 5.3:
Students commit to promoting the civil and human rights of marginalized populations, such as the rights of indigenous people. Students advocate for social justice and the inclusion of at-risk, marginalized, oppressed, discriminated individuals and groups of people.
PB 5.4:
Students recognize and engage in practicing social justice within diverse settings.


CC 6: Research
Engage in research-informed practice and practice informed research
PB 6.1:  PB 6.1: 
Students distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, include research-based knowledge and practice wisdom. Students apply culturally competent and ethical decisions in critically assessing, planning, conducting, and interpreting qualitative and/or quantitative data.
PB 6.2:  PB 6.2: 
Students recognize the significance of assessing their own practice through the process of evidence-based practice in assessment and intervention. Students engage in the generation of new knowledge, through research methodologies, including positivism, post-positivism, critical theory, constructivism, and evidence-based practice.
PB 6.3: PB 6.3: 
Students gain beginning understanding of the significance of policy analysis, evidence, strength and community based models in social work research and social work practice. Students apply culturally competent skills in assessing their own practice.

PB 6.4:

Students integrate policy analysis, evidence, strength and community based models to appropriately apply synthesized knowledge in social work practice. 


CC 7: HBSE
 Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment
PB 7.1:  PB 7.1: 
Students understand the generalist social work model and eco-system perspective to diverse populations and their interactions with social/cultural/ political/economic environment or systems. Students critically synthesize and apply eco-system perspective and other human behavior and social environment theories to guide assessment, intervention, and evaluation to diverse populations and their interactions with social/cultural/ political/economic environment or systems.
PB 7.2:  PB 7.2: 
Students critique and apply human behavior and social environment theories to guide assessment, intervention and evaluation at multiple system levels.  Students apply culturally sensitive bio-psycho-social-spiritual theories in the formulation of comprehensive assessments and treatments in collaboration with other professionals.
PB 7.3:
Students develop an understanding of bio-psycho-social-spiritual theories in the formulation of comprehensive assessments and treatment with supervision and consultation.


CC: 8 Policy
Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services
PB 8.1:  PB 8.1: 
Students understand the social welfare history and current forms of social welfare and social service policies. Students critically analyze social welfare history and current forms of social welfare and social service policies.
PB 8.2: PB 8.2:
Students understand culturally appropriate strategies that advance social and economic well-being. Students apply policy analysis to formulate culturally appropriate strategies that advance social and economic well-being.
PB 8.3  PB 8.3: 
Students understand the outcomes of policy analysis relevant to social service delivery.  Students demonstrate policy practice skills in regard to economic, political, and organizational systems, and use them to influence, formulate, and advocate for and with diverse client systems. 
PB 8.4:  PB 8.4: 
Students collaborate with social workers, other professionals, clients and communities to advocate for and influence policy changes to create social and economic well-being. Students initiate and collaborate with social workers, other professionals, diverse clients and community to advocate for social and economic well-being to influence policy change.


CC 9: Contexts
 Respond to contexts that shape practice
PB 9.1:  PB 9.1: 
Students acquire evidence-based information on changing social/cultural/economic/political contexts, innovations and global trends that affect diverse populations.  Students apply research and evidence-based skills to access information on changing social/cultural/economic/political contexts, innovations and global trends that affect diverse populations. 
PB 9.2: PB 9.2: 
Students assess the quality of clients’ interactions within their social contexts. Students apply culturally sensitive research skills to assess the quality of client’s multi-dimensional interactions with their social/cultural/economic/political contexts.
PB 9.3:  PB 9.3:
Students develop strength-based strategies to utilize scientific and technological advancement to provide relevant and effective services to client systems of all sizes.  Students develop strength-based strategies to utilize scientific and technological advancement to provide relevant and effective services to diverse client systems of all sizes. 
PB 9.4:  PB 9.4: 
Students work collaborative with others to effect systemic change that is sustainable to improve quality of service delivery.  Students provide culturally competent entrepreneurial and leadership in developing intervention plans to accomplish systemic change that is sustainable to improve quality of service delivery.
PB 9.5:  PB 9.5: 
Students recognize and develop understanding of local and global contexts of social work practice. Students critically analyze local and global contexts of social work practice.






CC: 10 Advanced Generalist Model
Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
PB 10.1: Engagement PB 10.1: Engagement
Students develop partnerships with and among clients, constituents, organizations and communities that are based on empowerment, collaboration and leadership. Students demonstrate and initiate partnerships with and among clients, constituents, organizations and communities that are based on culturally appropriate participation, empowerment, collaboration and leadership.
PB 10.2: Assessment PB 10.2: Assessment
Students recognize clients' strengths and analyze assessment data to develop agreed-upon culturally sensitive intervention strategies and outcomes. Students built on clients' strengths and analyze assessment data to develop agreed-upon culturally sensitive intervention strategies and outcomes. 
PB 10.3: Intervention PB 10.3: Intervention
Students collaborate with client systems, communities and/or organizations to develop culturally appropriate mechanisms and strategies in preventing and resolving problems.  Students demonstrate collaborative action with client systems, communities and/or organizations in developing culturally appropriate mechanisms and strategies in preventing and resolving problems. 
PB 10.4: Evaluation PB 10.4: Evaluation
Students begin to utilize evaluation tools to critically analyze, monitor, evaluate and document intervention outcomes and effectiveness.  Students utilize in depth evaluation tools to critically analyze, monitor, evaluate and document intervention outcomes and effectiveness to ensure culturally appropriate sustained changes. 
PB 10.5: Termination and Follow-up PB 10.5: Termination and Follow-up
Students recognize and understand termination and follow-up strategies and mechanisms. Students design culturally appropriate termination and follow-up strategies and mechanisms.