UWEC Social Work Program Mission Statement
Through its curriculum and program activities and consistent with the historic mission of professional social work, the Department of Social Work has as its mission:
The mission of the baccalaureate social work program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is to prepare students for competent, effective, practice-informed, and evidence-based ethical generalist practice. Graduates will be educated to become leaders committed to diversity, social and economic justice, and the enrichment of the quality of life with systems of all sizes. The goals of the Social Work Program are (1) to prepare entry-level generalist social workers for practice within the context of professional values and ethics in public and private social service agencies, especially in those services which meet the needs of oppressed and at-risk individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities; (2) to prepare students to integrate scholarship into practice through an evidence-based process; (3) to prepare students for and instill in them a commitment to continuing or graduate education and lifelong learning; and (4) to prepare students for practice with diverse populations and for effective participation in community affairs in a diverse society through promotion of social and economic justice.
The bachelor’s degree in social work (B.S.W.) is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Graduates of the program are eligible for examination for certification or licensure at the baccalaureate level. Graduates receive advanced standing in Master of Social Work (MSW) programs.
EPAS 2008 Accreditation Standards
Core Competencies for Foundation Education
EP2.1.1: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
EP2.1.2: Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
EP2.1.3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
EP2.1.4: Engage diversity and difference in practice.
EP2.1.5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
EP2.1.6: Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
EP2.1.7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
EP2.1.8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
EP2.1.9: Respond to contexts that shape practice.
EP2.1.10: Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.