Curriculum Objectives

Asbury University Master of Social Work1. Demonstrate an ability to apply critical thinking skills in social work practice at the generalist level

2. Demonstrate self awareness and the ability to be self-critical as a generalist social worker

3. Demonstrate graduate level skills in both written and oral communication, and ability to complete records within the agency and/or church-based setting, in a professional manner

4. Demonstrate values & ethics within an agency and/or church-based setting, based on knowledge of the NASW Code of Ethics

5. Demonstrate an awareness of the student's own cultural heritage, and respect for the diversity of others including persons of color, mentally and/or physically disabled persons, persons of all age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, national origin, religious/faith perspective and marital status

6. Demonstrate sensitivity to the client systems' belief/faith perspectives, and to effectively connect with the client's experience of spirituality within a strengths-based perspective

7. Demonstrate an understanding of the Church's role in social welfare systems and of the relationship of the Judeo-Christian heritage to social work purposes and to the NASW Code of Ethics

8. Demonstrate an awareness of the dynamics and consequences of institutional discrimination, oppression, and social and economic injustice within society, and agency and/or church-based settings; and to develop a commitment and ability to empower client systems at all levels

9. Demonstrate an awareness of the needs of the poor and the impact of environmental systems on low-income individuals, families and communities; and use generalist social work intervention skills to address these needs and impacts

10. Demonstrate an understanding of micro, mezzo, and macro theories related to human growth and development; and develop analysis skills to identify both resources and obstacles that promote or hinder the optimal well-being of systems at various levels - individuals, groups, families and communities

11. Demonstrate an awareness of the historical context of social work practice, with a specific focus on the influence of the Judeo Christian heritage on the Western social welfare system

12. Demonstrate an ability to analyze policies in agency and/or church-based settings, and the government - local, state and national; and evaluate the impact of these policies on clients systems, social workers, agencies and communities

13. Demonstrate an ability to identify social injustice and actively work through agency and/or church-based settings to empower client systems towards change using a strength-based model of generalist practice

14. Demonstrate effective assessment skills as a generalist social worker, and the ability to evaluate functional and dysfunctional processes at all client system levels

15. Demonstrate effective intervention skills as a generalist social worker and work in change processes with client systems at all levels

16. Demonstrate an ability to use professional literature as a basis for ongoing learning as a social worker, and to conduct appropriate literature review as a basis for research processes within agency and/or church-based settings

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 a generalist social worker

18. Demonstrate generalist knowledge, values and skills in a supervised agency and/or church-based setting, with focus on all the foundation objectives; and effectively use supervision in order to connect classroom learning with practice in the field placement setting

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