Student Learning Outcomes
The Social Work Program at Northwestern views assessment as an integral component of competency based education. The student learning outcomes are identified as 11 social work core competencies and 43 social work practice behaviors. The core competencies and practice behaviors are as follows:
C1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly. Practice Behaviors:
1. advocate for client access to the services of social work
2. practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development
3. attend to professional roles and boundaries
4. demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication
5. engage in career-long learning
6. use supervision and consultation
C2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
7. recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice
8. make ethical decisions by applying standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles
9. tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts
10. apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principles decisions
C3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
11. distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom
12. analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation
13. demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues
C4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
14. recognize the extent to which a culture's structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power
15. gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups
16. recognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences
17. view themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants
C5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
18. understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination
19. advocate for human rights and social and economic justice
20. engage in practices that advance social and economic justice
C6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
21. use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry
22. use research evidence to inform practice
C7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
23. utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation
24. critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment
C8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
25. analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being
26. collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action
C9. Respond to context that shape practice.
27. continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services
28. provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services
C10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
29. substantively and affectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
30. use empathy and other interpersonal skills
31. develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes
32. collect, organize, and interpret client data
33. assess client strengths and limitations
34. develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives
35. select appropriate intervention strategies
36. initiate actions to achieve organizational goals
37. implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities
38. help clients resolve problems
39. negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients
40. facilitate transitions and endings
41. critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions
C11. Respond to the rural character of Northwest Oklahoma, its impact on social and human needs, social service delivery systems, and the unique requirements of the people in the region.
42. continually assess the needs of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, and the availability of social service systems in the changing and emerging contexts of Northwestern Oklahoma.
43. apply strategies to address the complexities of professional isolation of rural areas.
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes: 2010-2011 Report
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes: 2011-2012 Report