Social Work Program Mission, Goals and Objectives

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Mission

The mission of the Social Work Program at Marygrove College is to educate highly competent, compassionate, committed and ethical bachelor level social workers who are known by their ability to right social wrongs through empowerment of themselves and others. The motto that the Social Work Program places before our students is: “Be prepared to get involved!”

Goals

The Social Work Program goals flow from the program mission, amplifying it and delineating the primary aims of the Program. They are thereby congruent with the institutional mission and hallmarks of Marygrove College.

The three goals of the Marygrove Social Work Program are:

  1. To prepare competent, compassionate and committed graduates grounded in the liberal arts tradition and in the fundamental values, knowledge and skills of the social work profession.
  2. To prepare competent, compassionate and committed graduates for generalist social work practice with diverse client systems of various sizes and types.
  3. To prepare competent and compassionate graduates who are committed to urban leadership, and righting social wrongs through empowerment of themselves and others.

Objectives

The objectives of the Social Work Program at Marygrove College are derived from the program goals. To illustrate this, program goals are restated below, followed by the objectives related to each goal.

  1. Goal: To prepare competent, compassionate and committed graduates grounded in the liberal arts tradition and in the fundamental values, knowledge and skills of the social work profession.

    Objectives: Upon completion of the program graduates demonstrate the ability to:
    • Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.
    • Understand the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles, and practice accordingly.
    • Understand and interpret the history of the social work profession and its contemporary structures and issues.
    • Use theoretical frameworks supported by empirical evidence to understand individual development and behavior across the life span and the interactions among individuals and between individuals and families, groups, organizations, and communities.
    • Evaluate research studies, apply research findings to practice, evaluate their own practice interventions, and assist in conducting program evaluation/ research in line with generalist social work practice.

  2. Goal: To prepare competent, compassionate and committed graduates for generalist social work practice with diverse client systems of various sizes and types.

    Objectives: Upon completion of the program graduates demonstrate the ability to:
    • Practice without discrimination and with respect, knowledge, and skills related to clients’ age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
    • Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes.
    • Use communication skills differentially across client populations, colleagues, and communities.
    • Use supervision and consultation appropriate to social work practice.
    • Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and seek necessary organizational change.
  3. Goal: To prepare competent and compassionate graduates who are committed to urban leadership, and righting social wrongs through empowerment of themselves and others.

    Objectives:Upon completion of the program graduates demonstrate:
    • Skills in professional writing, speaking, documentation, and use of technology.
    • Professional use of self, and ongoing self-assessment and growth.
    • Teamwork skills, and work with others to promote human growth and empowerment of individuals, groups and communities.
    • Leadership skills, and become involved in professional conferences, workshops and seminars, and in professional social work or community organizations.
    • An understanding of the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination, and apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice.
    • The ability to analyze, formulate, and influence social policies.

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