Social Work Program Mission
The Union College Bachelor of Social Work Program prepares students for ethical and competent generalist social work practice with diverse populations, reflecting our commitment to social justice and human rights.
The Goals of the Social Work Program at Union College are designed to prepare students to:
• Provide competent evidence-based generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in rural areas with special attention to the Appalachian region.
• Practice with an emphasis on the pursuit of interpersonal, social, and economic justice for diverse and multicultural populations at all societal levels: local, regional, national, and international.
• Know the importance of graduate social work education to further professional social work practice.
• Understand the importance of licensure in the social work profession.
1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
To accomplish the 41 practice behaviors:
PB 1 Advocate for client access to the services of social work.
PB 2 Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development.
PB 3 Attend to professional roles and boundaries.
PB 4 Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication.
PB 5 Engage in career-long learning
PB 6 Use supervision and consultation.
PB 7 Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice.
PB 8 Make ethical decisions by applying standards of the NASW “Code of Ethics” and as applicable, of the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work “Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles”.
PB 9 Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts.
PB 10 Apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions.
PB 11 Distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research based-
knowledge, and practice wisdom.
PB 12 Analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation.
PB 13 Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families,
groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues.
PB 14 Recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power.
PB 15 Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups.
PB 16 Recognize and communicate the understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences.
PB 17 View themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants.
PB 18 Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination.
PB 19 Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice.
PB 20 Engage in practices that advance social and economic justice.
PB 21 Use Practice experience to inform scientific inquiry.
PB 22 Use research evidence to inform practice.
PB 23 Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation.
PB 24 Critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment.
PB 25 Analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being.
PB 26 Collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action.
PB 27 Continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services with an emphasis on rural and small communities.
PB 28 Provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services.
PB 29 Substantively and effectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
PB 30 Use empathy and other interpersonal skills.
PB 31 Developing mutually agreed-upon focus of work & desired outcomes.
PB 32 Collect, organize, and interpret client data.
PB 33 Assess client strengths and limitations.
PB 34 Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives.
PB 35 Select appropriate intervention strategies.
PB 36 Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals.
BP 37 Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities.
PB 38 Help clients resolve problems (apply skills learned in Practice Courses and in Field.
PB 39 Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients.
BP 40 Facilitate transitions and endings.
PB 41 Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate