On-campus M.S.W. Program

Curriculum

Overview

The School of Social Work is dedicated to the values and ethics of the profession of social work:
  • The welfare of humankind
  • The disciplined use of a recognized body of knowledge about people and their interactions
  • The marshalling of community resources to promote the well-being of all

The School's educational programs prepare graduate students for generalist practice in social work. Generalist social work is regarded both as a perspective and a practice approach because the social worker is taught to recognize the impact, influence, and potential resources available from the context where practice occurs. The intent is to assist students in developing an ongoing responsibility to address their continuing needs for professional development and to become contributors to the social work profession.


The MSW program at Colorado State University builds upon the foundation generalist perspective and is developed around the advanced generalist model of practice. MSW students will master a generic core through prerequisite admission requirements and demonstrate successful mastery of generalist competencies by completing foundation classroom and field learning experiences before reaching the advanced portion of the curriculum.

The generalist perspective in social work:
  • Is informed by socio-behavioral and ecosystems knowledge
  • Incorporates ideologies that include democracy, humanism, human rights, and empowerment
  • Requires a worker to be theoretically and methodologically open when approaching practice situations
  • Is client-centered and problem-focused while recognizing and building on strengths
  • Involves assessment and intervention at all system levels
  • Is research-based

MSW Program Curriculum

MSW Curriculum

The School of Social Work is dedicated to the values and ethics of the profession of social work: the welfare of humankind, the disciplined use of a recognized body of knowledge about people and their interactions, and the marshalling of community resources to promote the well-being of all.

The School’s educational programs prepare graduate students for generalist practice in social work. Generalist social work is regarded both as a perspective and a practice approach because the social worker is taught to recognize the impact, influence, and potential resources available from the context where practice occurs. The intent is to assist students in developing an ongoing responsibility to address their continuing needs for professional development and to become contributors to the social work profession.

The MSW program at Colorado State University builds upon the foundation generalist perspective and is developed around the advanced generalist model of practice. MSW students will demonstrate generalist (foundation) competencies through completion of prerequisite admission requirements and either successfully completing a BSW from an accredited program or by successfully completing foundation classroom and field learning experiences before reaching the advanced portion of the curriculum. The generalist perspective in social work: (1) is informed by socio-behavioral and ecosystems knowledge; (2) incorporates ideologies that include democracy, humanism, human rights, and empowerment; (3) requires a worker to be theoretically and methodologically open when approaching practice situations; (4) is client-centered and problem-focused while recognizing and building on strengths; (5) involves assessment and intervention at all system levels; (6) is research-based; and (7) requires the demonstration of ten competencies and corresponding practice behaviors as specified below.

Generalist / Advanced Generalist Curriculum

The MSW program is fully-accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in compliance with their Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). As such, it assumes two levels of professional preparation: foundation level generalist social work and advanced generalist social work practice. Both levels of education include the study of the curriculum areas as defined by EPAS: the advanced generalist level is distinguished by increased complexity, depth and range of knowledge, and advanced practice skills reflected in preparation for advanced practice competencies. The demonstration of 54 practice behaviors at both the foundation and advanced levels requires paying constant attention and adherence to the ethical standards stated in the NASW Code of Ethics, an understanding of human differences and cultural competence; human rights, and social and economic justice especially as it applies to vulnerable populations; and research affirmed practice. (See the CSWE website for the EPAS.


 

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