Welcome to the Master's of Social Work Web Page
We have an exciting and dynamic program that we have set up to meet the professional educational needs of future social workers. Our program is an advanced generalist program that has a specific focus on social work practice within rural and Native American Communities. We encourage you to browse our Web site for information regarding our MSW program, as well as other opportunities available through the Department of Social Work. Whether you are a prospective student or current student we are happy to provide you with information about the profession as well as our programs. We know that there are always more questions! Please feel free to e-mail Dr. Michael Yellow Bird, the Director of the MSW program for any assistance you may need!
The mission of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program is to prepare students for professional social work practice responsive to the challenges and resources present in rural areas in general and indigenous communities in particular, and to present local historical and contemporary social issues within a global perspective. The MSW Program is designed to help meet (1) the immediate need in northern coastal California and (2) the growing need in public, private and tribal social service agencies in the United States for advanced generalist social work professionals.
MSW students at Dean Higgins' reception, 2005The goals of the MSW Program are derived from Humboldt State University's and the Department of Social Work's mission and goals to contribute to a community that is socially responsible, equitable, diverse and a model of community involvement for social change. The Department's intention to meet the immediate and long-standing needs for advanced social work practitioners in this region and the growing demand in other regions are reflected in the goals of the MSW Program:
A. Enhance social functioning, and strengthen individual, family, group, organization and community functioning in ways that maximize people’s abilities, culture, and spiritual beliefs.
B. Practice based on a respect for alternative paradigms of being, spiritual beliefs, and multiple connections to time, space and geography of place.
C. Practice from a standpoint where humanitarian values are preeminent and supported by an ethical foundation based on justice and equity.
D. Be change agents in today's diverse and global society to work for the development and maintenance of justice and cross-cultural coalition building.
E. Take leadership roles based on partnership and mutual learning in public, private and tribal social service agencies dedicated to the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
F. Engage in on-going examination of their convictions, competencies, strengths and perceived limitations as the basis for developing a unique style of practice and lifelong learning.