|GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
To prepare students for ethical, generalist practice at the BSW level and/or for graduate studies by providing a quality educational foundation that teaches the knowledge and skills needed to work with systems of all sizes.
» Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.
» Practice within the values and ethics of the social work profession.
» Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work to systems of all sizes.
» Use theoretical frameworks supported by empirical evidence to understand individual development and behavior
across the life span and the interactions among individuals and families, groups, organizations, and communities.
» Critically evaluate research studies and apply findings to practice, and under supervision, evaluate student’s
own practice interventions and those of other relevant systems.
» Use communication skills differentially with a variety of client populations, colleagues and members of
» Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and, under supervision, seek
needed organizational change.
Prepare students for strengths and empowerment practice, which respects and honors diversity.
» Practice without discrimination and with respect, knowledge, and skills related to client’s age, class, color, culture,
disability, ethnicity, family structure, marital status, national origin, race, sex, and sexual orientation
» Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and apply the strategies of change
that advance social and economic justice.
Prepare students who are sensitive and committed to issues of social justice, and social work values and ethics.
» Understand the history of the social work profession and its current structure and issues.
» Analyze, formulate and influence social policies.
Instill in students an awareness of the value of lifelong learning and professional growth in order to maintain professional competence and better serve their client population.
» Use supervision, consultation, and continuing education appropriate to generalist practice.
» Demonstrate commitment to professional growth and lifelong learning.
Maintain collaborative relationships with social work practitioners, groups and organizations in the broader community and provide leadership in promoting ongoing professional development. (Faculty/Program Goal)
» Develop and strengthen faculty presence in Kansas/Missouri social work community.
» Avila Social Work Program and faculty will provide continuing education, consultation, and support to the
broader social work community.