Undergraduate Program Objectives

  1. Conduct reflective practice, develop and articulate reasons for practice decisions, and generate alternative intervention strategies as needed.
  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.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of how personal feelings, thoughts, attitudes, values, and experiences influence your practice.
  4. Maintain the mutuality of worker-client system and demonstrate a willingness to explore, learn and grow through interactions with client systems.
  5. Assess the psychosocial impact of oppression and discrimination, and empower clients by mobilizing and enhancing their strengths and resources to resolve problems and reduce oppression.
  6. Understand the histories of social welfare and the profession of social work, and appreciate the profession's unique commitment to social justice.
  7. Apply the principles and techniques of generalist social work practice in intervening with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  8. Use a theoretical framework to understand the interactions among individuals and between individuals and social systems (i.e., families, groups, organizations and communities).
  9. Apply knowledge of bio-psycho-social variables to interpret human growth, development, and behavior relative to the broader environmental context. The broader environmental context is understood to encompass social, cultural, historical, political and economic forces.
  10. Analyze the impact of social policies on client systems, workers, and agencies, and engage in intervention strategies that facilitate socially just policies and practices within human service systems and the larger community.
  11. Seek out, critically consider, integrate, and apply relevant professional literature to practice.
  12. Evaluate the effectiveness of your own professional practice through reflection, consultation, supervision and application of formal models of practice evaluation.
  13. Recognize and appropriately respond to the unique characteristics, strengths, and dynamics of diverse populations and client systems.
  14. Communicate effectively with colleagues and members of the community to build networks and engage in collaborative processes for decision making.
  15. Demonstrate a commitment to professional development by seeking out and using consultation and supervision, through participating in professional associations, and by keeping abreast of the professional literature.
  16. Assess organizational structure (formal and informal) and function effectively within the parameters, strengths and constraints of the agency.
  17. Evaluate organizational and program effectiveness and advocate for improvements in order to enhance service delivery and client functioning.