Dorothy Day Social Work Program: Learning Outcomes
Social Work graduates of the University of Portland should be able to:
 Articulate social work values that form the foundation of practice such as advocacy for human rights and social and economic justice.
• practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development, including attending to professional roles and boundaries
• demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communications, including the appropriate use of supervision and consultation
• articulate how to engage in practices that advance social and economic justice
 Utilize critical thinking and ethical conceptualization skills when addressing social problems and approaches to working with those problems.
• make ethical decisions which includes tolerating ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts and applying strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions
• Communicate effectively in academic and professional environments
 Competently apply social work skills that are informed by theory, research, and best practices and that consider the cultural and other contexts in which practice occurs.
• recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may shape life experiences as well as oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power
• view themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants
• recognize how practice experience informs scientific inquiry
• recognize how research evidence informs practice
• critically evaluate research, recognizing its contributions and limitations
• utilize conceptual frameworks to conceptualize problems, interventions, and evaluation of interventions
• demonstrate how to critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment
• articulate how to collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action
• use empathy and other interpersonal skills including facilitating transitions and endings
• develop appropriate and mutually agreed-on focus of work, desired outcomes, and intervention goals and objectives that help clients resolve problems and capitalize on client strengths
• demonstrate how to collect, organize, and interpret client data
• demonstrate how to critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions