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Master of Social Work Mission and Goals

The Clarke University MSW program mission is to prepare competent and ethical students for advanced social work practice to promote and enhance the integrated health and well-being of all persons, families, and communities. Building on a foundation of generalist practice, including person-in-environment and multi-systemic perspectives, we educate students to think critically, to use and value evidence drawn from scientific inquiry, to recognize the dignity and worth of all individuals, to value integrity, and to recognize the centrality of human relationships in the lives of clients and in our work with them. We model integrity, an orientation toward service, and respect for human diversity. So that our students might be agents of change and contribute to the elimination of poverty, the diminishment of racism, and the realization of universal human rights, we guide them to work towards social, economic, environmental, and racial justice, both locally and globally.

Derived from the MSW program’s mission and context, the MSW program goals are:

  1. Provide students with advanced interpersonal and critical thinking skills in order to engage effectively with others in change efforts.
  2. Ground students in the values and ethics of the social work profession.
  3. Develop students’ capacities to work effectively within integrated health settings in order to meet the needs of diverse populations in local, rural, urban, national, and global contexts.
  4. Provide opportunities for students to engage in real world settings that include inter-professional collaboration, and allow students to experience the importance of context in service delivery.

Core Competencies

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  4. Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
  5. Engage in Policy Practice
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities