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OF THE SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM
The Social Work Program's goals are:
- To prepare graduates for competent entry-level generalist practice
grounded in the profession’s history, purposes and philosophy
and based upon the knowledge, values, and skills of generalist
social work practice.
- To prepare graduates for practice with diverse populations,
with special attention to the people of Cumberland County, North
Carolina and its adjacent areas with an emphasis on the strengths
as well as the complexities of diversity.
- To prepare graduates for continuing education and further personal
and professional development for the betterment of the profession
and the community.
- To prepare graduates who are committed to the ethics and values
of the profession, to social and economic justice, and service
to oppressed and at-risk populations.
These goals are met through the liberal arts/general
studies perspective, most of which is completed during the first
two years of college, and through the social work professional foundation
of courses completed during the third and fourth year.
The Program's objectives stem from its mission and
- Apply critical thinking skills to professional social work practice.
- Practice within the context of social work’s professional
values, ethics, and principles.
- Practice without discrimination related to age, class, color,
culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital
status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
- Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination
and apply strategies of social change that promote social and
- Understand and be able to discuss the history of the social
work profession and its contemporary structures and issues.
- Apply knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice
with systems of all sizes, with special attention to the people
of Cumberland County, North Carolina and its adjacent areas.
- Apply knowledge of bio-psycho-social factors that affect individual
development and behavior across the life span, and use empirically
supported theoretical frameworks to understand the interactions
among individuals and between individuals and social systems.
- Analyze the effects of social policy and understand methods
to influence policy decisions.
- Evaluate research studies and apply findings to practice and
be able to evaluate one’s own practice.
- Use communication skills appropriately and effectively to interact
with clients, colleagues, and members of the community.
- Use supervision effectively to enhance generalist social work
- Function within the structure of organizations and seek appropriate