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Competency Based

Students develop competence in engaging, assessing, intervening, and evaluating individuals, families, and communities in need. The Department stresses the importance of engacing diversity and in addressing the advancement of human rights and social and economic justice.

Our experiences both directly and indirectly supplement all of our learning and often go above and beyond that learning in tangible experiences that can be explored in class.

Matt, '12

Our classes definitely prepare us for the placements that we are in, or going to be in eventually.

Allison, '14

By the time students graduate, they will have gained competence in eleven areas:

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. 
11. Apply Christian faith development principles to inform and guide professional practice.

Social Work Values & Ethics Social Work

There are established professional organizations that guide and inform social work practice as well as our curriculum. 

First, there are 6 core values of social work as established by the National Association of Social Work (NASW). They are: service, social justice, the importance of human relationships, the dignity and worth of the person, integrity and competency. Click to read the complete NASW Code of Ethics or to print a copy.

In addition, the International Federation of Social Work (IFSW) sets out two principles to guide social work practice internationally: human rights & human dignity and social justice. Click to read the complete IFSW’s Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles or to print a copy.