Social Work

Mission, Objectives, and Gatekeeping

Our Mission

To prepare ethical and competent advanced social work practitioners who promote human rights and economic and social justice with diverse clients in the global community.

Our Objectives

In accordance with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the program curriculum is designed to help students become practicing social workers at the BSW or MSW level.

As such, the objectives of the program reflect the competencies established by CSWE as necessary for effective social work practice at the BSW and MSW level. The competencies are:

  1. Identify as professional social workers and conduct themselves accordingly
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice using the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research evaluating program outcomes and practice effectiveness at all levels
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment including theories of human behavior and social systems
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective generalist and advanced social work services
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice including emerging social needs, service delivery trends and social systems that comprise practice contexts
  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities at the generalist and advanced levels
  11. Engage in advanced practice, supervision and administration (MSW students only)
  12. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities at the generalist and advanced levels
  13. Engage in advanced practice, supervision and administration (MSW students only)

Gatekeeping

The social work profession has the legal and ethical responsibility to protect both society and the profession by assessing students’ readiness to work with clients. This gatekeeping responsibility is outlined and enforced through the National Association of Social Worker’s Code of Ethics. The team of faculty works with students on their professional development and readiness to interact with individuals, agencies, and the community.