Social Work Program Mission and Goals

Mission

With a foundation of Christian values the Social Work Program at Union College trains students to be competent general practitioners; empowering agents of healing and change for individuals, families, and communities; professionals who value service, social justice, human rights and self-determination.



Program

Goal 1:

The Union College Social Work Program will provide a foundation of generalist knowledge which the student can utilize in building competent practice.

From our social work program mission: “train competent generalist practitioners”.

 

Program Objective 2. Practice within the values and ethics of the social work profession and with an understanding of and respect for the positive value of diversity.

Program Objective 13. Apply a Christian perspective to social problems, social work practice and to promote the worth of all people.

Program Goal 2:

The Union College Social Work Program will assist students in assimilating the values necessary for successful social work practice.

From our social work program mission: “value service, social justice, human rights and self-determination”.

 

Program Objective 4. Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and the strategies of change that advance social and economic justice.

Program Objective 5. Understand the history of the social work profession and its current structures and issues.

Program Objective 7. Apply knowledge of bio-psycho-social variables that affect individual development and behavior, and use theoretical frameworks to understand the interactions among individuals and social systems (i.e., families, groups, organizations, and communities).

Program Objective 8. Analyze the impact of social policies on client systems, workers, and agencies.

Program Objective 9. Evaluate research studies and apply findings to practice, and, under supervision, evaluate their own practice interventions and those of other relevant systems.         

Program Goal 3:

The Union College Social Work Program will provide the opportunity for students to develop professional generalist practice skills.

From our social work program mission: “agents of change for individuals, families, and communities”

 

Program Objective 1. Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.

Program Objective 3. Demonstrate the professional use of self.

Program Objective 6. Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work to practice with systems of all sizes.

Program Objective 10. Use communication skills differentially with a variety of client populations, colleagues, and members of the community.

Program Objective 11. Use supervision appropriate to generalist practice.

Program Objective 12. Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and, under supervision, seek necessary organizational change. 

 

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