Bachelor of Social Work Mission, Goals and Objectives
The Social Work Program's mission is to prepare competent, professional social work generalists to practice primarily within the university's service area.
Social Work Program Goals
- To prepare students for beginning, professional social work practice with a systems approach that includes working with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
- To prepare beginning, generalist professional social workers with cultural competence for practice with the diversities and populations-at-risk of Western Kansas. This groups includes the rural poor, the rural elderly, developmentally disabled persons, mentally ill persons, chemically addicted persons, victims of family violence, especially women and children, gay men and lesbians, economically disadvantaged women and children, and the racial/ethnic minorities of Southwest Kansas (African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans).
- To prepare students to become proactive community members by assuming leadership roles in initiating and organizing social planning and social action to remedy social and economic injustice resulting from discrimination and oppression.
- To prepare students who pursue professional growth and development throughout their lifetimes, including the preparation of students for future graduate education in social work.
- To provide students with opportunities throughout the social work program to learn, understand, and apply social work values and ethics.
Social Work Program Objectives
The social work program embraces the following objectives as a means of implementing program goals:
- To know and understand both the history of the social work profession and the current status, trends, and issues in the field.
- To know and apply theories or human behavior and the social environment that includes the bio-psycho-social aspects of micro theories and the organizational, community, and societal aspects of macro theories.
- To understand the dynamics and social significance of discrimination and oppression and how to change systems in order to advance the course of social and economic justice.
- To apply the knowledge, values, and skills of generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- To apply the values and ethics of social work in professional practice and to use these values and ethics to resolve ethical dilemmas in practice.
- To apply communication skills effectively with client systems of all sizes, colleagues, employers, and community members.
- To demonstrate critical thinking skills through competence in professional social work practice, by applying problem-solving to all levels of client systems.
- To analyze social policies and their impact on client systems, social work services, and social agencies, and their role in the development of social problems and social and economic justice.
- To demonstrate a level of professional competence that is based on self-understanding, including a realistic assessment of one's own strengths and prejudices, and the skills necessary to keep one's personal values and ethics from interfering with one's practice.
- To demonstrate a respect for and competence with client systems of diversity, especially African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, the rural poor, the rural elderly, gay and lesbian persons, socially and economically disadvantaged persons.
- To demonstrate a respect for and competence with populations-at-risk, including the developmentally disabled, the chronically mentally ill, the chemically addicted, victims of family violence, especially women and children.
- To understand and evaluate research studies, in order to apply relevant and valid research finding to social work practice.
- To seek out and utilize supervision in practice in order to monitor and to promote growth in professional practice, and in order to provide guidance in applying research methods to one's own practice or in program evaluation.
- To demonstrate the ability to assume successfully the role of baccalaureate, generalist social worker in any social agency or host setting.
- To demonstrate social work leadership by taking the initiative to remedy organizational, institutional, and community discrimination and oppression through social planning, social action, and social change.