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NOTE: Students will choose either this course OR MSW 649.

Students in the generalist curriculum serve and learn for a total of 400 hours in an assigned supervised professional practice setting to acquire a broad understanding of the field of social work, to recognize and use generalist principles and concepts, and to assess and then select intervention methods to meet individual, group, family, and community needs.

The concurrent Integrative Field Seminar uses an appreciative inquiry approach to focus on generalist social work practice, emphasizing issues of diversity, ethics, social advocacy, social change, and social, economic, and environmental justice. The seminar integrates theory and evidence-based practice knowledge with students’ first-hand application of knowledge and skills as they encounter social work roles, values, and ethics in the field.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Adapt oral and written communication to meet client capacities for language, literacy, and speech. (G1d, G1e)
  2. Demonstrate initiative to acquire from clients, colleagues, and community partners an appreciative working knowledge of the history and culture of the host agency and of the clients and communities it serves. (G2a, G2d)
  3. Identify the influence of factors related to social, economic, and environmental justice, including the agency’s intervention strategies, in bio-psycho-social-spiritual and ecological case analyses. (G3a, G3b)
  4. Generate a meaningful research question about social work practice situated within a problem statement and a summary of relevant research frameworks relevant to the host agency and its constituencies. (G4c)
  5. Recommend advocacy opportunities based on a systematic scan [or SWOT analysis] of active policy issues at the organization, community, state, and federal levels that could affect the host agency and its constituencies. (G5b, G5c)
  6. Demonstrate the dispositions of acceptance, curiosity, empathy, optimism, and positive regard consistently in verbal and nonverbal communication with diverse client systems. (G6b,G6c, G6e)
  7. Constructively engage client systems in gathering information, interpreting facts or patterns, and making decisions about services and service providers in relation to identified needs or goals. (G7a,G7c, G7d, G7e)
  8. Exhibit empathy and persistence to establish and sustain trust during the assessment process. (G7a,G7c, G7d, G7e)
  9. Model tolerance for ambiguity in the process of change and intervention. (G8b,G8c, G8d; C8b)
  10. Commit to intervention tasks and roles that fully span, and respect the limits of, (the scope of practice that corresponds to) the placement role in the host agency.(G8b,G8c, G8d; C8b)
  11. Recognize and critique the influence of mezzo and macro level forces on the institutionalization of definitions and measures of therapeutic outcomes. (G9d; C9a)
  12. Advocate for adoption of definitions and measures of therapeutic outcomes of unique value in specific sociocultural contexts. (G9d; C9a)

Prerequisite: MSW 645 Generalist Field Experience I With Seminar

Co-requisite: MSW 607 Generalist Practice II: Groups and Large Systems

Learn more about the coursework in the Advanced Standing and Traditional tracks of the online Master of Social Work from Saint Mary's. Call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor or request more information.