Social Work MSW

Program Purpose


The mission of the School of Social Work at BYU is to support the overall mission of BYU and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by generating new knowledge and by educating and training students to use the appropriate clinical knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession to serve children and families within their environments and the context of their specific cultures.

Curricular Structure

MSW Information

The Program of Studies

Accrediated by the Council on Social Work Education. Last Reaffirmation June 2013

The School of Social Work is committed to the general objective of the social work profession, which is to promote the welfare of society by enhancing the social functioning of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The goal of the MSW program is to prepare students for the practice of clinical social work, with an emphasis on work with the family and children. The School of Social Work offers a core curriculum in the basic knowledge, values, and skills essential to all social work practice.

One graduate degree is offered in the School of Social Work: Social Work -- Master of Social Work (MSW).

Approximately 40 students are admitted to the MSW program each fall semester. Candidates usually pursue the degree over a contiguous 22 month period, which includes, 1,100 clock hours of field practicum.

The curriculum is designed around a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to practice within an integrated framework of ecological systems theory. This approach allows the social worker to be responsive to the special issues of diversity in a pluralistic society.

 

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Program of Study

Program Purpose


Learning Outcomes


2015 Ethical and Professional Behavior

1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 200 SOC W 360 SOC W 611 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 622 SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 660 SOC W 661 SOC W 663 SOC W 665 SOC W 666 SOC W 669
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Lifelong learning, Lifelong service
2015 Diversity

2. Engage diversity and difference in practice.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 200 SOC W 331 SOC W 360 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 620 SOC W 630 SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 665 SOC W 667 SOC W 682
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge, Competence
2015 Human Rights and Justice

3. Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 200 SOC W 331 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 630 SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 664 SOC W 665
Linked to BYU Aims: Character
2015 Research Skills

4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 570 SOC W 602 SOC W 604 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 622 SOC W 624 SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 674
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony
2015 Policy Practice

5. Engage in policy practice.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 200 SOC W 331 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 630 SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 664 SOC W 665
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Quantitative reasoning
2015 Engage

6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 360 SOC W 570 SOC W 611 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 620 SOC W 624 SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 660 SOC W 661 SOC W 663 SOC W 666 SOC W 667 SOC W 669 SOC W 674 SOC W 682 SOC W 698R
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Competence
2015 Assess

7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 360 SOC W 570 SOC W 603 SOC W 605 SOC W 611 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 620 SOC W 622 SOC W 624 SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 660 SOC W 661 SOC W 667 SOC W 674
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Competence
2015 Intervene

8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organzations, and communities.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 360 SOC W 570 SOC W 611 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 624 SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 661 SOC W 663 SOC W 664 SOC W 666 SOC W 669 SOC W 682
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Competence
2015 Evaluate

9. Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 602 SOC W 603 SOC W 604 SOC W 605 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 698R
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Competence

Learning Outcomes


2015 Ethical and Professional Behavior

1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 200 SOC W 360 SOC W 611 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 622 SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 660 SOC W 661 SOC W 663 SOC W 665 SOC W 666 SOC W 669
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Lifelong learning, Lifelong service
2015 Diversity

2. Engage diversity and difference in practice.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 200 SOC W 331 SOC W 360 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 620 SOC W 630 SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 665 SOC W 667 SOC W 682
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge, Competence
2015 Human Rights and Justice

3. Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 200 SOC W 331 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 630 SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 664 SOC W 665
Linked to BYU Aims: Character
2015 Research Skills

4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 570 SOC W 602 SOC W 604 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 622 SOC W 624 SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 674
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony
2015 Policy Practice

5. Engage in policy practice.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 200 SOC W 331 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 630 SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 664 SOC W 665
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Quantitative reasoning
2015 Engage

6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 360 SOC W 570 SOC W 611 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 620 SOC W 624 SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 660 SOC W 661 SOC W 663 SOC W 666 SOC W 667 SOC W 669 SOC W 674 SOC W 682 SOC W 698R
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Competence
2015 Assess

7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 360 SOC W 570 SOC W 603 SOC W 605 SOC W 611 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 620 SOC W 622 SOC W 624 SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 660 SOC W 661 SOC W 667 SOC W 674
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Competence
2015 Intervene

8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organzations, and communities.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 360 SOC W 570 SOC W 611 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 624 SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 661 SOC W 663 SOC W 664 SOC W 666 SOC W 669 SOC W 682
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Competence
2015 Evaluate

9. Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Courses that Contribute: SOC W 602 SOC W 603 SOC W 604 SOC W 605 SOC W 614R SOC W 615R SOC W 654R SOC W 655R SOC W 698R
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Competence

Evidence of Learning


Direct Measures

The program assessment plan utilizes three measures, each conducted at multiple points over a two year period. The first measure, a one-group posttest design, includes student evaluation by faculty in courses where each of the practice behaviors within the 10 core competencies are taught. Individual courses from the foundation- and advanced-practice-level years then aggregate to give an overall course evaluation at graduation. The second measure entails field instructors' assessments of students' during their field internship. Finally, the third measure consists of self-assessments by students in their field internship. The second and third measures use a two-group posttest design to assess student competence in each of the 10 core competencies, with their corresponding practice behaviors, at the end of the foundation and advanced practice field internship experiences.

Indirect Measures

1. Semiannual review of each student by faculty.

2. Feedback solicited on a regular basis from key stakeholders (advisory council, faculty, field supervisors, agency directors).

Evidence of Learning


Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement


The assessment data (both direct and indirect) are stored on-line in the main office. These data are analyzed and summarized by the School Director and presented to the faculty each year at an annual retreat. Further, the last part of each faculty meeting (held monthly) is set aside to discuss student issues. From the ensuing discussions, appropriate plans are made to revise the curriculum and improve student learning. In addition, course corrections are made periodically throughout the year as a result of recommendations from the curriculum and other faculty committees.

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement