FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

M.S.W. Mission and Goals

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MSW Program Mission Statement

Rooted in the values and ethics of the social work profession, the mission of the graduate social work program at Florida International University is to prepare students for advanced clinical social work practice with an emphasis on individuals and families. As an integral partner of the South Florida community, the program is dedicated to educating its students to promote human and social well-being and to contribute to refining and advancing social work practice through research based practice and collaborative engagement in diverse urban settings.

The focus of graduate social work education is the preparation of graduates for advanced professional practice in an area concentration. These goals reflect the intent of CSWE’s Educational Policy.

The goals of the MSW Program are to educate graduates to:

  1. Provide curriculum for advanced clinical practice that builds on the foundation offered in the first year (or BSW program).
  2. Educate students to identify as professional social workers including the incorporation of its values and ethics and contribute to refining and advancing social work practice through research based practice and collaborative engagement.
  3. Educate students to synthesize and apply a broad range of interdisciplinary evidence-based knowledge and skills.
  4. Educate advanced clinical practice students to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate individuals within group, family, and ecological contexts in order to promote human and social well-being.
  5. Prepare students to use critical thinking to engage in self-reflection and discriminate and differentially apply advanced clinical social work skills and knowledge in their practice.
  6. Prepare students to apply knowledge and skills of human behavior and the social environment to work with diverse and multi-cultural populations in urban settings with an emphasis on South Florida. 

The MSW curriculum is organized into a Foundation, completed during the student's first 30 semester hours, and an Advanced Clinical Practice Concentration, completed during the student's last 30 semester hours. The objectives of the MSW Foundation are to educate students to:

  1. Apply critical thinking skills to generalist social work knowledge, perspective, and practice.
  2. Understand and apply the values and ethics of the social work profession.
  3. Recognize and demonstrate sensitivity to ethnic heritage, culture, gender, sex or sexual orientation, race, age, class, faith and spirituality, and disabilities and how these factors can affect social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the social work profession and its role in addressing contemporary social problems.
  5. Understand oppression and apply the strategies and skills of change that advance social and economic justice for vulnerable and at risk populations.
  6. Understand, analyze, and apply the social work generalist perspective to practice.
  7. Use research-based knowledge to understand interactions among individuals and between individuals and families, groups, organizations, and communities as it relates to human development and behavior across the life span.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of social welfare policies including the analysis, formulation and influencing of the policy making process.
  9. Demonstrate the skills needed to evaluate human service interventions, including their own practice.
  10. Demonstrate professional communication skills across systems and settings.
  11. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of technology and application of technology to social work practice.
  12. Practice effectively in organizations and service delivery systems and understand the processes and seek necessary organizational change.

The objectives of the Advanced Clinical Practice Concentration are to educate students to:

  1. Demonstrates competency in the use of supervision and consultation for advanced practice.
  2. Critically analyze, synthesize, and differentially apply knowledge and skills for advanced clinical social work practice in multiple contexts.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency with analytical and communication skills necessary for autonomous advanced clinical practice.
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development.

CONTACT US

School of Social Work

Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, AHC5 576
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

Phone: 305-348-5880
Fax: 305-348-5312

Mary Helen Hayden, Ed.D., L.C.S.W., D.C.S.W.
Director
 

For information contact:
Gladys Ramos
Program Assistant
305-348-5887
glramos@fiu.edu

Kelly Sydnor, M.S.W.
Student Services Coordinator
305-348-5841
ksydnor@fiu.edu