DILLARD SOCIAL WORK
The social work program introduces students to the entire system of social welfare and a wide range of professional opportunities. The social work program prepares students whose career goals include working with special populations, such as children, youth, and families; the aged; immigrants; and others, and social issues such as child abuse; aging, mental health; foster care; probation, and corrections; adoptions; community services; social welfare policy development and analysis; school social work; medical social work; residential facilities care; hospices; and other public and private agencies.
A degree enhances student success in social work practice, administration of social services, and preparation for graduate and professional schools or both. Students develop written and oral communication skills and theory evolution, culture-specific practice, and research competencies through class lectures, individual and group projects, university-awarded summer and semester research awards or projects, and field or agency practice experiences.
- Equip students with a thorough undergraduate knowledge of social work theories and concepts.
- Teach majors the skills that will allow them to conduct sound social work research.
- Prepare students to meet the challenges of graduate school or the demands of the labor market upon graduation.
- Assist social work majors in developing an understanding of their role in helping those in society who require assistance.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Graduates of the Social Work program will:
1. Integrate or use of the major social work theories and policies relative to their implications for social work practice.
2. Demonstrate the applications of social work practice interventions in social work practice relative to the specific needs of clients served.
3. Demonstrate the application of research and statistical – intermediate- data analysis relative to social work practice – complete written research and statistical report evidence-based on social work practice.
4. Demonstrate effective communications – written and oral – skills.
SOCIAL WORK LEARNING COMPETENCIES: GUIDED BY THE COUNCIL ON SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION (CSWE)
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards require that all social work students develop ten competencies. Although the program is not accredited at this time – a work-in-progress – our curriculum is developed, with some limitations, to reflect the nine competencies.
The nine (9) competencies are:
- Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior.
- Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice.
- Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice.
- Competency 4: Engage In Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice.
- Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice.
- Competency 6: Engage with individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
- Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
- Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
- Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.