Program and Curriculum Statement

The Master of Social Work degree at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus provides students with a wide knowledge base and advanced clinical skills required for effective social work practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Curriculum Statement

Our Master of Social Work program holds to a bio-psycho-social perspective that recognizes the relative contribution of each ontologically distinct domain. The program focuses attention on the complex interaction among these domains. We believe that, to be effective in our practice as social workers, we have to understand the dynamic interaction between the biological, psychological, and social domains.

Our Clinical Orientation  

Our Master of Social Work program teaches clinical skills required to engage diverse and vulnerable client populations, assess for strengths, vulnerabilities, barriers, and mental disorders, formulate, plan and intervene effectively, and evaluate one’s practice. We provide students with a strong foundation for providing relationship-based interventions that include, but are not limited to, counselling and psychotherapy to restore, maintain and enhance well-being.

Our program also incorporates critical theory into clinical social work practice. In particular, this clinically oriented program draws on contemporary critical theories to examine the social world in terms of forces that produce human wellbeing and those of oppression and domination that inhibit it.

Our Master of Social Work program aspires to provide students with a unique educational experience. Our students play an important role in their own learning and growth. Students are expected to engage in self reflection and take leadership over their personal growth and learning.