Social Work Program (MSW)
Licensure & Accreditation
The MSW program is accredited under the College’s general accreditation by the regional accrediting body for Colleges and Universities: the Middle States Commission on Accreditation. This is not the same as professional accreditation, which can only be granted by Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The standards for the curriculum of any professionally accredited BSSW or MSW program are set by CSWE. The Department of Social Work received full initial accreditation by CSWE for the MSW program in February 2017.
The MSW disability studies: clinical practice area of specialization at CSI has been approved as a clinical social work program by the New York State Department of Education. Not only does this mean that students who graduate from our program are eligible to sit for the Licensed Master of Social Work exam, it also means that those who eventually pursue licensure as clinical social workers, if the student selected the disability studies: clinical practice specialization, will have met the clinical content required by the state (12 hours of clinical coursework) to be eligible for that exam (additional clinical supervision is also required to be eligible for the Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) exam).
The disability studies: macro practice area of specialization, which was approved by New York State during the 2017-2018 academic year, prepares students for licensing at the LMSW level. Those who complete the disability studies: macro practice specialization will not be eligible for the LCSW.
|COMPETENCY||COMPETENCY BENCHMARK (GENERALIST)||COMPETENCY BENCHMARK (AREA OF SPECIALIZED PRACTICE)||PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK|
|Generalist Practice||Area of Specialized Practice #1 (Disability Studies – Clinical Track)||Area of Specialized Practice #2 (Disability Studies – Macro Track)|
|Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior||83%||83%||96%||100%||83%|
|Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice||83%||83%||93%||100%||83%|
|Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice||83%||83%||85%||100%||83%|
|Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice||83%||83%||92%||100%||83%|
|Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice||83%||83%||77%||100%||100%|
|Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities||83%||83%||96%||100%||67%|
|Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities||83%||83%||91%||100%||83%|
|Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities||83%||83%||88%||100%||83%|
|Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities||83%||83%||76%||100%||83%|