In 2016, the School of Social Work adopted this school-wide, three-part learning goal:
- Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior;
- Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice;
- Engage, Assess, and Intervene With Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
Upon graduation, all DSW students will have achieved all of the above school-wide learning goals.
To prepare students for intellectual leadership in the field of clinical social work, the DSW program also prepares graduates to:
- Develop foundational literacy skills of close reading, connective thinking, and case/framing, to create new knowledge and change the way students think about reading and writing in relation to practice, and as an enhancement of practice skills (Foundation Courses);
- Identify the clinical theory behind various practice modalities (Clinical Practice Courses);
- Develop self-reflexive skills regarding the philosophical and theoretical commitments students make when implementing a practice method (Foundation and Clinical Practice Courses);
- Develop clinical case conference evaluation knowledge and skills (Clinical Practice Courses);
- Develop the knowledge and skill to conduct literature reviews of research and clinical case material, identify the role of the case study method in social work knowledge production, and identify clinical engaged scholarship projects in community settings that will address a practice question related to assessment and intervention (Foundation, Engaged Scholarship Courses); and,
- Develop the skills of qualitative inquiry including question formation, study design, data collection, data analysis, and manuscript preparation.
- Develop writing and publishing skills related to various forms of open access publication products: clinical case study, qualitative inquiry, and Internet—Multimedia projects (Engaged Scholarship, Clinical Practice, and Foundation Courses).