Social Work Mission, Goals and Objectives

Social Work Program Mission

 The social work program mission reflects the College’s mission and heritage:

            As a learning community, we prepare students for ethical

        generalist social work practice with diverse populations,

             reflecting our commitment to social justice and human rights.

Social Work Program Goals

The Social Work Program Goals are designed:

  • To prepare students for informed, competent, ethical and effective, evidence-based generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities with special attention to the needs of rural Appalachians.
  • To prepare students for generalist practice within the context of the Union College liberal arts tradition, particularly its emphasis on the pursuit of interpersonal, social, and economic justice for diverse and multicultural populations at all societal Levels: local, regional, national, and international.
  • To prepare students to develop and use knowledge and research based in social work and the liberal arts; while thinking critically, evaluating, and addressing the needs of a complex, changing society within a global context.

Social Work Program Objectives

Graduates of the Union College Social Work Program will be able to demonstrate:

  • Graduates of the social work program will be able to demonstrate: The ability to apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional, entry-level, generalist social work practice.
  • An understanding of the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles and practice accordingly.
  • The ability for professional, entry-level, generalist practice without discrimination and with respect, knowledge, and skills related to client’s age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation.
  • The ability to understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination, as well as demonstrate the ability to select evidence-based strategies of advocacy and social change that advances social and economic justice for populations-at-risk, with special attention to the needs of rural Appalachians.
  • The ability to understand and appropriately interpret the history of the social work profession and utilize that knowledge to demonstrate an understanding of the profession’s contemporary structures and issues.
  • The ability to apply knowledge and skills of entry-level generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes.
  • The ability to understand and use the 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.
  • The ability to analyze, formulate, and influence social policies.
  • The ability to evaluate research studies, apply research findings to practice, and evaluate one’s own practice interventions.
  • The ability to select and use appropriate communication skills with diverse client populations, colleagues, and communities.
  • The ability to utilize supervision and consultation appropriate to entry-level generalist social work practice.
  • The ability to ethically and competently function within the structure of organizations and services delivery systems, as well as based on research evidence, seek necessary organizational change.