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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 9 social work core competencies and 31 social work practice behaviors. The core competencies and practice behaviors are as follows: 

C1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior.

 Practice Behaviors: 

1. Make ethical decisions by applying the standards of the NASW Code of Ethics, relevant laws and regulations, models for ethical decision-making, ethical conduct of research, and additional codes of ethics as appropriate to context.

2. Use reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain professionalism in practice situations.

 3. Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior; appearance; and oral, written, and electronic communication.

4. Use technology ethically and appropriately to facilitate practice outcomes.

5. Use supervision and consultation to guide professional judgment and behavior

C2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice. 

Practice Behaviors:

6. Apply and communicate understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels

7. Present themselves as learners and engage clients and constituencies as experts of their own experiences

8. apply self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies.

C3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic and Environmental Justice.

Practice Behaviors: 

 9. Apply their understanding of social, economic, and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at the individual and system levels

10. Engage in practices that advance social, economic, and environmental justice.

C4. Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice.

Practice Behaviors: 

11. Use practice experience and theory to inform scientific inquiry and research

12. Apply critical thinking to engage in analysis of quantitative and qualitative research methods and research findings

13. Use and translate research evidence to inform and improve practice, policy, and service delivery.

C5. Engage in Policy and Practice.

Practice Behaviors: 

14. Identify social policy at the local, state, and federal level that impacts well-being, service delivery, and access to social services

15. Assess how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and access to social services

16. Apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.

C6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Practice Behaviors: 

17. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage with clients and constituencies

18. Use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage diverse clients and constituencies

C7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Practice Behaviors: 

19.  Collect and organize data, and apply critical thinking to interpret information from clients and constituencies

20. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the analysis of assessment data from clients and constituencies

21. Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives based on the critical assessment of strengths, needs, and challenges within clients and constituencies

22. Select appropriate intervention strategies based on the assessment, research knowledge, and values and preferences of clients and constituencies.

C8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Practice Behaviors: 

23. Critically choose and implement interventions to achieve practice goals and enhance capacities of clients and constituencies

24. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in interventions with clients and constituencies

25. Use inter-professional collaboration as appropriate to achieve beneficial practice outcomes

26. Negotiate, mediate, and advocate with and on behalf of diverse clients and constituencies

27. Facilitate effective transitions and endings that advance mutually agreed-on goals

C9.  Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities. 

Practice Behaviors:

28. Select and use appropriate methods for evaluation of outcomes

29. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the evaluation of outcomes

30. Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate intervention and program processes and outcomes

31. Apply evaluation findings to improve practice effectiveness at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.



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