Division of Social Work

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Organization Type: 
Educational Institution
Program Type: 
Education Level: 
Educational Elements: 
Independent Study
Self Reflection Activities
Experiential not including services to patients
Experiential including clinical contact with patients
Other Element(s): 
IPE and IPCP service learning projects
Program Description: 

The Division of Social Work, a program within Indiana University Northwest College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The undergraduate degree (BSW) prepares graduates for entry level generalist social work practice, and the graduate degree prepares graduates for advanced social work practice in selected areas of specialization. Graduate specialties include health, mental health and addictions, and school.  These programs strive to continually support the development of interprofessional collaborative practice competencies, while allowing for community service and positive consumer impact.

The CHHS employs numerous opportunities including service learning projects in Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP), IPE infused clinical rotations, and topic-specific trainings.  Students have the opportunity to take elective courses on medical social work practices infused with discussion and application of IPE and IPCP. The graduate program offers a health concentration that targets medical social work practices across the lifespan of consumers as the continuum of care for providers and institutions. These advanced courses contain opportunities for TeamSTEPPS trainings, IPE work, IPCP service learning, and extensive exploration of medical home models of care. 

Advanced didactic and experiential trainings and workshops are added as students progress in their programs. Advanced programming is evident in the student’s health concentration curriculum, course assignments, and clinical rotations.

Graduates of the school pursue careers in a variety of social service settings, including those concerned with aging, families, child welfare, corrections, and mental and physical health. Indiana University Northwest provides field instruction placements throughout the state as well as in Illinois and Michigan, although students are mostly placed in the greater northwest Indiana area.

Targeted Professions
Social Work: 
Psychiatric social work
Medical social work
Self-Reported Competencies
PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force identified 16 interprofessional training competencies critical for preparing health professionals for practicing in team-based, coordinated care models such as patient-centered medical homes. Listed below are the self-reported competencies that this program has achieved, which have been organized by the five core features of a medical home as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient-Centered Care Competencies: 
Advocacy for patient-centered integrated care
Cultural sensitivity and competence in culturally appropriate practice
Development of effective, caring relationships with patients
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Comprehensive Care Competencies: 
Assessment of biopsychosocial needs across the lifespan
Population-based approaches to health care delivery
Risk identification
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Care coordination for comprehensive care of patient & family in the community
Health information technology, including e-communications with patients & other providers
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Team leadership
Quality Care & Safety Competencies: 
Assessment of patient outcomes
Evidence-based practice
Quality improvement methods, including assessment of patient-experience for use in practice-based improvement efforts
Accessible Care Competencies: 
Promotion of appropriate access to care (e.g., group appointments, open scheduling)
Last updated November 15, 2013

* Please note: Information contained in this database is self-reported by representatives from each program. It does not represent an exhaustive list of education and training programs and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the PCPCC.


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