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Program Goals

  1. To prepare social workers with advanced knowledge and skills to practice with individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities in rural Illinois, the state, nation, international, and global contexts.

  2. To prepare social workers with advanced knowledge and skills to evaluate the processes and effectiveness of their practice.

  3. To prepare social workers with advanced levels of knowledge and understanding of human rights, the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination.

  4. To prepare social workers with advanced knowledge and skills to practice without discrimination with respect to client’s age, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.

  5. To prepare social workers who are able to collaborate across disciplines with advanced knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession to engage in ethical, responsible, and self-critical social work practice, with a clear understanding of the history of the social work profession and its contemporary structures and issues.

  6. To prepare social workers with values, ethics, and skills in critical thinking and advocacy, in order to analyze, formulate, and influence social welfare policies.
  7. To prepare social workers with advanced skills in practice, policy, practice evaluation, and critical thinking within an area of concentration (Children, Youth and Families, Health/ Mental Health or School Social Work).

  8. To prepare social workers for leadership positions in the social welfare service delivery settings within a specific area of practice (Children, Youth and Families, Health/ Mental Health, School Social Work or Gerontology).

  9. To prepare social workers to engage in scholarship and professional development that help advance social work knowledge and practice.