The goals of the MSW Program are as follows:

1.0  To prepare professionally trained social workers for specialized intervention in direct practice

         Objective 1.1 Students will apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment to understand the behavior of individuals in direct practice.

            Objective 1.2  Students will use critical thinking to analyze significant historical social work events and contemporary social welfare policies and structures and their impact on client systems. 
            Objective 1.3  Students will demonstrate the self-awareness, knowledge, and analytic skills required for professional generalist practice. 

            Objective 1.4  Students will conduct themselves in accord with the profession's values and ethical principles, with special attention to human diversity. 

            Objective 1.5 Students will demonstrate the ability to critically analyze, formulate, advocate, and collaborate for policy and social change to advance human rights and social and economic justice. 

            Objective 1.6  Students will demonstrate the ability to engage diversity and practice without discrimination in responding to the social, economic, political and cultural contexts of social work practice. 

            Objective 1.7  Students will demonstrate the ability to engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research to assess their practice and guide professional practice. 

            Objective 1.8  Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills to engage in social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. 

            Objective 1.9  Students will demonstrate effective written, oral, and technology communication skills in interaction with various systems.  

2.0 To prepare professionally trained social workers for advanced social work practice in direct services to Hispanic children and families in a way that fosters commitment to culturally competent practice with diverse populations. 

            Objective 2.1 Students will demonstrate culturally competent, context-based practice that includes social work values and ethics, interdisciplinary knowledge and advanced skills. 

            Objective 2.2 Students will demonstrate knowledge of Hispanic culture and the experiences Hispanics have in developing identities as members of a cultural minority group. 

            Objective 2.3 Students understand the organizational, community, and social context of Hispanic children and families. 

            Objective 2.4 Students will identify and assess the distinguishing cultural features of Hispanic client groups in the design, implementation, and evaluation of direct practice interventions. 

            Objective 2.5  Students will recognize the value of family as the primary context of growth and development of Hispanic children. 

            Objective 2.6 Students will identify and evaluate policies that affect Hispanic children and families. 

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