Concentration Objectives: Child and Family Services

Asbury University's MSW program has a concentration in child and family services.

1. Demonstrate an ability to apply critical thinking skills in social work practice at the advanced level

2. Demonstrate the ability to be self-critical and use themselves in a professional manner as an advanced practitioner with children, adolescents, adults and/or families


3. Demonstrate 2nd year graduate level skills in written and oral communication, and provide professional practice, consistent with policies and procedures within the agency and/or church-based setting


4. Demonstrate values & ethics in social work practice based on integration of the NASW Code of Ethics with the Judeo Christian heritage of the program, which emphasizes self-determination of client systems in addressing ethical dilemmas in agency and/or church-based settings


5. Demonstrate respect for the diversity of client systems, as presented in the foundation content; and work effectively with diverse client systems as an advanced social work practitioner


6. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the role of spirituality and beliefs in any religious group; and the functional and dysfunctional processes within religious organizations (at the macro levels) and individuals or families (at the micro and mezzo levels)


7. Demonstrate an understanding of a Christian theological model and of the Wesleyan-Holiness perspective as a dynamic resource for advanced social work practice


8. Demonstrate sensitivity to injustice in social work practice, based on the foundation content; and develop a commitment to bring about empowerment, reconciliation and justice within society, and agency and/or church-based settings, using advanced social work skills


9. Demonstrate advanced social work practice skills in working with the poor and disenfranchised in American society and/or internationally to address the needs of low income populations and the impact of environmental systems on children, adolescents, adults and/or families


10. Demonstrate effective analysis skills in using the knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, from the foundation content; and provide a theoretical basis for assessment as an advanced practitioner with children, adolescents, adults and/or family systems


11. Expand one's awareness of child and family services through working in a concentration field placement, and being exposed to a variety of field settings through the field seminar


12. Demonstrate an ability to analyze policies specifically focused on the needs of children in society and the impact of policies on the family system


13. Demonstrate an ability to actively work to empower client systems and bring about reconciliation and social change within client systems and/or society, including an awareness of how Wesleyan theology advances social justice


14. Demonstrate effective assessment skills and processes as an advanced social worker, and use these skills in effective intervention with children, adolescents, adults, and/or families


15. Demonstrate a knowledge of practice theories and intervention strategies, in order to work effectively towards optimal change in children, adolescents, adults, and/or families, using advanced social work practice theories, processes and skills


16. Demonstrate an ability to use professional literature as a basis for proposal writing, need assessment, and/or outcome measurement in an agency and/or church-based setting; as well as a means to enhance one's own professional practice with client systems


17. Demonstrate knowledge of research processes and skills, including evidence-based practice; and effectively use these processes and skills in evaluating one's own practice, as well as ongoing formative and summative research to provide effective services as an advanced social worker


18. Demonstrate advanced social work knowledge, values and skills in a supervised agency and/or church-based setting, with focus on all the concentration objectives; effectively use supervision as a developing autonomous social work practitioner; and to connect classroom learning within the field setting, with growing autonomy as a lifelong learner in social work practice