The focus of the MSW program is one of advanced clinical practice working with individuals, families and groups. The mission and values of the School are consistent with the context of the program since its foundation focus is on enhancement of human well-being through the use of the person and environment construct, the alleviation of poverty and oppression, the eradication of discrimination and economic injustice, affirmation and empowerment to populations-at-risk and creation of environments for positive change, growth and development that allow people to live in freedom and dignity. The advanced year prepares students to work in social work clinical practice with individuals, families and groups within a variety of service settings. Students in the advanced clinical year build on the knowledge, values and skills gained in the Foundation Year/BSW degree.
As students advance, the curriculum assists them with integrating the professional use of self, supervision, transference, counter-transference, critical thinking, issues of diversity and the implementation of the NASW Code of Ethics. Clinical social work practice and methods require students to understand and use evidenced, theory based practice for clients, perform assessments and have the ability and critical thinking skills to evaluate practice interventions. Preparing skilled clinical social workers within the context of the School’s vision, mission and values is in harmony with the purpose of social work education.