School of Social Work

Degree Programs

Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW), Master of Social Work (MSW)

Accreditation:

The SFSU School of Social Work’s Masters of Social Work (MSW) and Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Social Work (BASW) programs have been placed on conditional accreditation status by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation, as of October 2016. Conditional accreditation of our programs by the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation indicates that we have not demonstrated compliance with one of CSWE’s Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Programs in Conditional Accreditation Status must demonstrate compliance with all standards within one year of being placed on Conditional Status. Both programs at SFSU are actively working on our assessment plan, which will move us from Conditional Status to Full Compliance.

*Students who graduate from programs with Conditional Accredited Status will still be recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program.

For more information about social work accreditation at SFSU, you may contact Susanna

Jones, PhD, MSW, Director & Professor, SFSU School of Social Work at

susjones@sfsu.edu or 415-405-4084. You may also contact the Council on Social Work

Education Office on Accreditation Accreditation.

Mission Statement, School of Social Work

The mission of the School of Social Work is to educate diverse learners to achieve progressive development and change throughout the Bay Area and beyond.  The School cultivates ethical leadership for social justice and promotes professional advocacy, versatility, activism, and cultural humility.

 

Goals for the MSW Program

Cognitive Domain:  Achieve highest levels of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and creation.

Affective Domain:  Engage and sustain well-developed abilities and skills to receive, respond to, value, organize, and internalize diverse phenomena.  (Adapted and applied from Benjamin Bloom’s taxonomy of cognitive and affective domains)

 

1.    Education:  Learn from and apply the rigorous SFSU social work education that achieves the nine Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) curricular competencies at the graduate (MSW) level.  Utilize education and research to inform and effectively engage in practice at micro (individuals, families, and groups), mezzo (organizations, institutions, and communities) and macro (societies and international arenas) levels.

 

2.    Application: Use knowledge and skills to affect all practice areas (direct and indirect).  Know and understand multiple forms of power, and their forms, uses, and implications.  Be skilled at giving, engaging and sharing power and instilling shared, delegated, and/or “other person” responsibilities in decision making and problem solving.

 

 

3.    Diverse Learners:  Expect, accept, and appreciate human differences in all areas, including diversity of ethnicities, cultures, values, backgrounds, learning styles, problem solving approaches, and more.  Promote diversity to enrich environments, thought processes, experiences, and more.

 

 

4.    Collaboration and Participation:  Respect, value and honor one another’s personal and professional experiences, knowledge, skills, and values.  Seek, receive, and utilize inputs from diverse persons, groups, and communities and make diversity-sensitive and appropriate decisions.  Engage and utilize the voices of many through participatory means.

 

 

5.    Ethical Foundations and Leadership:  Engage in professional practices that are ethically sound and appropriate, consistent with the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) Code of Ethics.  Create ideas and action plans from research and interdisciplinary knowledge; instill visions among team members; and enact innovative actions having substantial impact on individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and societies.  

 

 

6.    Progressive Development:  Expand and enhance cognitive and affective abilities through continuous development of knowledge, values, skills, and practices.  Utilize research to develop best practices to improve human conditions and generate research agendas through practice experiences.

 

7.    Advocacy and Activism for Progressive Change:  Know multiple forms and purposes of advocacy, and engage in change plans and efforts to achieve progressive change at micro, mezzo, and macro levels.  Utilize evidence to set agendas, establish goals, create action plans, and move forward with efforts to enhance human conditions, including political, economic, legal, social, cultural, and physical environments.

 

8.    Equity and Social Justice:  Identify, understand, and evaluate multiple forms of justice (e.g. social, economic, environmental, political, and legal justice) and rights (human and civil).  Promote and achieve fairness, equality, and human/civil rights. 

 

9.   Professional Versatility:  Be equipped to work in a variety of settings, in a range of fields and forms of practice, and with diverse persons from multiple backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, nationalities, ages, genders, experiences, abilities, orientations, classes, religions, and more.  Be effective in systems processes through engagement, assessment, intervention, evaluation, and self-awareness.

 

10.   Cultural Humility:  Appreciate the fact that cultures and values evolve and change, and that one never “arrives” with respect to knowledge, skills, and practices related to diversity.  Identify and analyze the intersectionality of forces that impinge on lives.

 

 

Goals for the BASW Program

Cognitive Domain:  Achieve foundation levels of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and creation.

Affective Domain:  Reveal basic abilities to receive and respond to diverse phenomena; and value and organize phenomena.  Show beginning levels of internalization.  (Adapted and applied from Benjamin Bloom’s taxonomy of cognitive and affective domains)

 

1.    Education:  Learn from and apply the rigorous SFSU social work education that achieves the nine Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) curricular competencies at the baccalaureate (BASW) level.  Utilize education and research to inform and effectively engage in practice at micro (individuals, families, and groups), mezzo (organizations, institutions, and communities) and macro (societies and international arenas) levels.

 

 

2.    Application: Use knowledge and skills to affect all practice areas (direct and indirect).  Know and understand multiple forms of power, and their forms, uses, and implications.  Be skilled at giving, engaging and sharing power and instilling shared, delegated, and/or “other person” responsibilities in decision making and problem solving.

 

3.    Diverse Learners:  Expect, accept, and appreciate human differences in all areas, including diversity of ethnicities, cultures, values, backgrounds, learning styles, problem solving approaches, and more.  Promote diversity to enrich environments, thought processes, experiences, and more.

 

4.    Collaboration and Participation:  Respect, value and honor one another’s personal and professional experiences, knowledge, skills, and values.  Seek, receive, and utilize inputs from diverse persons, groups, and communities and make diversity-sensitive and appropriate decisions.  Engage and utilize the voices of many through participatory means.

 

5.    Ethical Foundations and Leadership:  Engage in professional practices that are ethically sound and appropriate, consistent with the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) Code of Ethics.  Create ideas and action plans from research and interdisciplinary knowledge; instill visions among team members; and enact innovative actions having substantial impact on individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and societies.  

 

6.    Progressive Development:  Expand and enhance cognitive and affective abilities through continuous development of knowledge, values, skills, and practices.  Utilize research to develop best practices to improve human conditions and generate research agendas through practice experiences.

 

 

7.    Advocacy and Activism for Progressive Change:  Know multiple forms and purposes of advocacy, and engage in change plans and efforts to achieve progressive change at micro, mezzo, and macro levels.  Utilize evidence to set agendas, establish goals, create action plans, and move forward with efforts to enhance human conditions, including political, economic, legal, social, cultural, and physical environments.

 

8.    Equity and Social Justice:  Identify, understand, and evaluate multiple forms of justice (e.g. social, economic, environmental, political, and legal justice) and rights (human and civil).  Promote and achieve fairness, equality, and human/civil rights. 

 

 

9.   Professional Versatility:  Be equipped to work in a variety of settings, in a range of fields and forms of practice, and with diverse persons from multiple backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, nationalities, ages, genders, experiences, abilities, orientations, classes, religions, and more.  Be effective in systems processes through engagement, assessment, intervention, evaluation, and self-awareness.

 

10.   Cultural Humility:  Appreciate the fact that cultures and values evolve and change, and that one never “arrives” with respect to knowledge, skills, and practices related to diversity.  Identify and analyze the intersectionality of forces that impinge on lives.