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Social Work

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Program Overview

Social Work focuses on helping people and empowering them to make changes in their lives. Viterbo University offers a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in social work. The social work program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education at the bachelor's degree level since 2000. Viterbo University provides a challenging and dynamic curriculum including thirteen professional classroom courses and 450 hours of supervised field education. State licensure is required to practice social work. Because Viterbo's program is accredited, graduates are eligible to take the licensure exam necessary for entry-level employment in social work.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Viterbo University Social Work Program is to prepare baccalaureate students for entry level generalist social work practice. In an atmosphere of integrity and respect, students will develop professional knowledge, values, and skills for service provision and social change. The program is guided by the Franciscan values of human dignity, social justice, strengths of diverse populations, and respect for disenfranchised members of our global society.

Program Goals

  • Prepare students for beginning generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. (EP 2.1.3, EP 2.1.7, EP 2.1.9, EP 2.1.10)
  • Prepare students for social work practice with diverse populations and cultures. (EP 2.1.4)
  • Prepare student in the use of social work research to inform and evaluate practice. (EP 2.1.3, EP 2.1.6)
  • Prepare students for development of a professional identity consistent with social work values and ethics. (EP 2.1.1, EP 2.1.2)
  • Prepare students to promote social and economic justice for disenfranchised groups through social change advocacy. (EP 2.1.5, EP 2.1.8, EP 2.1.9)

Definition of Generalist Social Work Practice

Generalist practice is grounded in the liberal arts and the person and environment construct. To promote human and social well-being, generalist practitioners use a range of prevention and intervention in their practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The generalist practitioner identifies with the social work profession and applies ethical principles and critical thinking in practice. Generalist practitioners incorporate diversity in their practice and advocate for human rights in social and economic justice. They recognize, support, and build on the strengths and resiliency of all human beings. They engage in research-informed practice and are proactive in responding to the impact of context on professional practice. BSW practice incorporates all of the core competencies.
(Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, CSWE, 2008)