Master of Social Work

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Organization Type: 
Educational Institution
Program Type: 
Education Level: 
Educational Elements: 
Experiential including clinical contact with patients
Program Description: 

The joint Master of Social Work program at the St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas School of Social Work has several areas of curriculum that offer learning opportunities for integrated healthcare and interprofessional education.  These include field practicums in certified health care homes and integrated care settings, and a new elective on social work in integrated healthcare. 

One of the courses, Clinical Social Work Practice in Integrated Healthcare, educates social work students in the direct practice of integrated behavioral health in primary care. Students become knowledgeable of the roles of behavioral health providers working in primary care settings, theories and models of care, and cross-cultural issues. They develop skills in engagement, assessment, intervention planning and implementation, and practice evaluation. Because populations served in primary care settings span the spectrum of severity in both the physical and behavioral health dimensions, students develop competencies in engaging and supporting patients across a range of health conditions. This includes the essential practice skills needed to effectively address the challenges of integrating services and care as well as support for persons with health, mental health, and substance use problems.

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
Quality Care & Safety Competencies: 
Assessment of patient outcomes
Business models for patient-centered integrated care
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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