The GRC MSW program educates students to become competent and ethical professional social workers who will promote social and economic justice and equality through collaborative community focused practice that reflects the rights, needs, and dignity of all people.
As a reflection of its mission, the overall goals of the Master of Social Work Program are to:
- Provide advanced social work education incorporating theoretical knowledge and critical thinking within an advanced integrated practice framework; emphasizing an ecological strengths-based community collaborative, empowerment model of practice to promote social and economic justice.
- Educate social work practitioners who are ethical, critical thinkers engaged in ongoing inquiry and life-long learning.
- Develop practitioners who provide autonomous social work practice and leadership in health, human service, and other community organizations, as well as in diverse communities to assist high need or at-risk populations.
- Infuse a critical understanding of culturally competent and gender sensitive advanced practice in working with diverse groups, and to adapt social work knowledge and skills to meet the needs of disenfranchised and historically oppressed groups.
- Promote and support research and knowledge development to improve the effectiveness of social work practice, policies, and programs.
- Promote the health and well being of individuals, families, groups, and communities by advancing social justice in a changing environment and in a global society.
Foundation Year Program Objectives:
The foundation objectives of the GRC-MSW program include the following. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to:
- Apply foundation skills in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making in professional strengths-based social work practice.
- Understand social work values and ethics, and foster an ability to uphold these standards in practice.
- Practice without discrimination in a manner that advocates social and economic justice and that empowers diverse and oppressed populations.
- Understand and appreciate social work history and it relationship to contemporary polices and services.
- Apply a generalist social work perspective to practice across systems.
- Critically examine theoretical frameworks and selectively apply these frameworks to understand human behavior and development in the contexts of individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations.
- Understand, analyze, formulate, and influence social policy from an empowerment and strengths-based perspective.
- Critically evaluate published research, integrate evidence-based practice interventions, and evaluate their own practice interventions.
- Use communication skills differentially across client populations, colleagues, and communities, to promote collaboration and client empowerment.
- Utilize supervision and consultation appropriate to social work practice.
- Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems, and, when necessary, seek changes that promote collaboration and team building.
Concentration Year Program Objectives: Interdisciplinary Health
- Apply advanced knowledge, values, and skills of social work practice, leadership, collaboration, and team membership within interdisciplinary health care contexts.
- Conduct advanced health care policy analysis and practice.
- Appropriately conduct, evaluate, critically analyze and utilize qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation at an advanced level within interdisciplinary health care contexts.
- Appropriately utilize and provide supervision and consultation in the delivery of advanced practice in interdisciplinary health care from a strengths perspective.
Concentration Year Program Objectives: Family and Community
- Apply advanced knowledge , values, and skills of social work practice, leadership, collaboration, and team membership within family and community practice settings.
- Conduct advanced family and community policy analysis and practice.
- Appropriately conduct, evaluate, critically analyze and utilize qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation at an advanced level of collaboration in family and community practice settings.
- Appropriately utilize and provide supervision and consultation in the delivery of advanced practice with families and communities from a strengths perspective.