Mission of the Social Work Program
The UMHB Social Work Program prepares students for ethical, competent entry-level generalist social work practice, life-long learning, community service and/or graduate education through the intergration and application of knowledge, values, skills and experiences relating to diverse client populations, system sizes and pratice settings through a commitment to excellence and scholarship within a Christ-centered learning community.
Goals of the Social Work Program
In order to achieve its mission, the Social Work Program has identified the following goals:
- Apply generalists social work knowledge and skills in practice using a strengths-oriented, ecological systems perspective that demonstrates respect fro human diversity and cultures.
- Use critical thinking skills in applying knowledge and ethical principles to social work practice and in evaluating scientific inquiry including practice-based research.
- Use conceptual frameworks to understand development and behavior across the life course, the interactions among individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and larger systems.
- Understand the forms and mechanisms of privilege and oppression, and apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic jutices globally.
- Demostrate a developing social work identity that includes self-awareness, professional use of self, use of supervision and consultation, and an appreciation of the profession's values and history.
Objectives of the Social Work program
The goals of the Social Work Program lead directly to the program objectives. Upon completion of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Social Work Program, graduates are able:
- Interpret and understand the history of the social work profession and to identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly using supervision and consultation appropriate to social work practice.
- Understand the value base of the social work profession and apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice related to practice in a Christ-centered context.
- Apply critical thinking to inform and effectively communicate professional judgments across client populations, colleagues, and communities and within the context of professional social work practice.
- Practice without discrimination and with respect, knowledge, and skills by engaging diversity and difference related to clients’ age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, martial status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
- Understand and identify the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and the application of the strategies of advocacy and social change through the advancement of human rights and social and economic justice.
- Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research, including the application of research findings to practice and a demonstrated ability to evaluate practice interventions.
- Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment through the use of theoretical frameworks supported by empirical evidence to understand individual development and behavior across the life span and the interactions among and between individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services through the analysis, formulation, and implementation of social policies.
- Respond to contexts that shape practice while functioning within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems.
- Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities through the application of the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice.
In addition, the Social Work Program is able:
- Develop and expand social work knowledge and practice through excellence in teaching and learning, and scholarly work.
- Contribute to the development and functioning of the social service delivery system of the community.