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Social Work Mission and Outcomes

MISSION

We, the members of the Social Work Department of Clarke University, founded in the Spirit of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, promote intellectual growth through an academically rigorous education grounded in the liberal arts. We ensure readiness as competent, empathic, ethical, value based generalist practitioners through professional mentoring relationships. We impart the values of service, social justice, and social responsibility through the provision of developmentally meaningful activities within the local and global community.

GOALS

  1. Prepare competent, ethical, empathic, value-based generalist social workers, grounded in a strong liberal arts foundation.
  2. Engage students in a process of connecting Social Work Theory to generalist practice by engaging in meaningful community activities appropriate to their level of education.
  3. Foster learning through mentoring relationships.
  4. Encourage service, social justice and social responsibility at the local and global level.

OUTCOMES

The Outcomes for social work students are based on the 10 core competencies provided by the Council on Social Work Education.

  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 (writing and speaking) 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.

BSW Assessment Outcomes

  • Fall Visit Days 2014
  • Arts @ Clarke
  • Homecoming 2014