Learning Outcomes

Competency-based Education and Practice Behaviors  

The Social Work Program prepares graduate students to become competent and effective specialized clinical social workers who value and respect diversity, anchor economic and social justice as central to their practice, and seek to use their knowledge, values, and skills to improve human well-being. We have adopted the following nine competencies (as of June 2015) in line with the Council for Social Work Education - Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (CSWE EPAS) as our own learning outcomes.  These standards are common to all undergraduate and graduate social work programs.  Graduates of Seattle University’s MSW program should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
  2. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  3. Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
  4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
  5. Engage in policy practice.
  6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  9. Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.