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BSW Mission, Program Goals and Educational Competencies

Fontbonne University’s BSW Evaluation Results

The following information provides an overview of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program’s evaluation.  The Social Work Program began in 2010 when it was accepted for Candidacy from the Council on Social Work Education. It is currently in the final phase of initial accreditation. In addition, a comprehensive self-study report is available through the social work department which provides in depth details on all aspects of the program.

Mission Statement for Bachelor of Social Work Program

Fontbonne University’s Bachelor of Social Work Program prepares students to utilize social work knowledge, values, and skills for generalist social work practice. We are a community of learners called to “serve the dear neighbor without distinction,” according to the mission and heritage of our founders, the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet. We prepare social workers who are ethical professionals committed to social and economic justice as they serve and empower individuals, families and communities.

Program Values

The Program Values provides meaning, purpose and direction for the Social Work Program. Academic excellence through scientific inquiry, critical thinking and lifelong learning; Service to others; Unity in diversity; Understanding the importance of human relationships; Integrity and competence; along with Social and economic justice.

Bachelor of Social Work Program Goals         

  • Prepare students for generalist professional practice and/or graduate studies in social work.       
  • Prepare students to understand the values and ethics of the social work profession and how to integrate the values and ethics into practice.
  • Prepare students who strive for social and economic justice, defend human rights, and serve diverse populations.
  • Prepare students to use critical thinking and scientific inquiry to guide professional practice.
  • Prepare students to understand the role of social policy in advancing justice and the delivery of effective social work services.
  • Prepare students to develop and understand professional growth, competency and integrity.
  • Prepare students to function effectively within agencies and social services delivery systems by using field education for practice, supervision and consultation.
  • Provide students an educational heritage founded in the unifying values of the University’s Catholic identity, the Charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Mission of Social Work.
  • Prepare students to integrate the liberal arts perspective and respect science, faith, philosophical, and moral reasoning as they pursue knowledge and lifelong learning.
  • Respond proactively to the impact of political and economic trends, technological and biomedical advances and issues of environmental sustainability on the future of the society.

Fontbonne University’s Bachelor of Social Work Educational Competencies

All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency. 

Identify as a Professional Social Worker
Operational Definition
The student demonstrates how one’s professional identity and adoption of social work mission and values enriches one’s personal life and supports the profession as specified by the following measured practice behaviors.
Measured Practice Behaviors in curriculum and assessment
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.

Apply Ethical Principles
Operational Definition
The student demonstrates effective use of ethical standards to inform and guide practice as specified by the following measured practice behaviors.
Measured Practice Behaviors in curriculum and assessment
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.
9. Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts.
10. Apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions.

Apply Critical Thinking
Operational Definition
The student compares and demonstrates the application of multiple sources of knowledge to inform practice as specified by the following measured practice behaviors.
Measured Practice Behaviors in curriculum and assessment
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.

Engage Diversity in Practice
Operational Definition
The student describes how diversity shapes the human experience and demonstrates the application of valuing diversity and differences in practice as specified by the following measured practice behaviors.
Measured Practice behaviors in curriculum and assessment
14. Recognize the extent to which cultures, 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 understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences.
17. View themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants.

Advance Human Rights and Social and Economic Justice
Operational Definition
The student demonstrates support for universal human rights by advocating for social and economic justice in practice as specified by the following measured practice behaviors.
Measured Practice Behaviors in curriculum and assessment
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.

Engage Research Informed Practice and Practice Informed research
Operational Definition
The student demonstrates use of research to inform practice and practice to inform research with evidence – based methods as specified by the following measured practice behaviors.
Measured Practice Behaviors in curriculum and assessment
21. Use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry.
22.  Use research evidence to inform practice.

Apply Human Behavior Knowledge
Operational Definition
The student uses multiple sources of knowledge related to human behavior and the social environment to guide and inform generalist social work practice as specified by the following measured practice behaviors.
Measured Practice Behaviors in curriculum and assessment
23. Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation.
24. Critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment.

Engage Policy Practice to Advance Well- Being and Deliver Services
Operational Definition
The student demonstrates the use of policy practice(s) that support effective social work services and advance social and economic well–being as specified by the following measured practice behaviors.
Measured Practice Behaviors in curriculum and assessment
25. Analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being.
26. Collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action.

Respond to Practice Context
Operational Definition
The student demonstrates the use of the generalist practice approach to integrate, analyze, and respond to the multiple contexts that shape and influence practice as specified by the following measured practice behaviors.
Measured Practice Behaviors in curriculum and assessment
27. 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.

Practice Engagement
Operational Definition
The student demonstrates Generalist Practice Methods of effective client engagement to support the beginning stage of the planned stage process as specified by the following measured practice behaviors.
Measured Practice Behaviors in curriculum and assessment
29. Substantively and affectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and or communities.
30. Use empathy and other interpersonal skills.
31. Develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes.

Practice Assessment
The student demonstrates Generalist Practice Methods of assessment to develop client centered goals and objectives that support effective intervention strategies as specified by the following measured practice behaviors.
Measured Practice Behaviors in curriculum and assessment
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.

Practice Intervention
Operational Definition
The student demonstrates Generalist Practice intervention methods that utilize the client(s) strengths and resiliency for promotion of human and social well-being as specified by the following measured practice behaviors.
Measured Practice Behaviors in curriculum and assessment
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.

Practice Evaluation
Operational Definition
The student demonstrates evaluation methods designed to support, measure, and improve practice as specified by the following measured practice behaviors.
Measured Practice Behaviors in curriculum and assessment
41. The student will analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions.

 

Fontbonne University Baccalaureate Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes for 2012 - 2013

Benchmark Evaluative Instruments: Teacher's Evaluation, Final Student Self-Evaluation, Final Field Education Evaluation


Fontbonne University Baccalaureate Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes for 2012

Benchmark Evaluative Instruments: Educator’s Student Evaluation, Second Student Self-Evaluation, Field Education Evaluation 2