Social Work

Description

    The Social Work Program at North Central University will train students in the knowledge and skills of social work practice. The program is guided by a love for Christ and a commitment to service to God and to humanity. Our educational framework is based on the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) requirements, Christian values, the National Association of Social Work (NASW) Code of Ethics, the National Association of Christian Social Workers (NACSW) statement of faith and practice, a liberal arts foundation, as well as a biblical foundation. We value a holistic approach to social work that includes the mind (knowledge), the body (practice), and the spirit (faith).

Student Learning and Development Outcomes for the Social Work major include: 

Goal 1: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly

  • Advocate for client access to the services of social work
  • Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development
  • Attend to professional roles and boundaries
  • Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication
  • Engage in career-long learning
  • Use supervision and consultation

Goal 2: Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice

  • Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice 
  • Make ethical decisions by applying standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics, and, as applicable, the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles
  • Tolerance ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts
  • Apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions

Goal 3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments 

  • Distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom
  • Analyze models of assessment, intervention, and evaluation
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues

Goal 4: Engage in diversity and difference in practice 

  • Recognize the extent to which a culture's structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power
  • Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups
  • View themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants

Goal 5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice

  • Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination
  • Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice
  • Engage in practices that advance social and economic justice

Goal 6: Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research

  • Use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry
  • Use research evidence to inform practice

Goal 7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment

  • Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation
  • Critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environmnet

Goal 8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services

  • Analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being
  • Collaborate with collegues and clients for effective policy action

Goal 9: Respond to contexts that shape practice

  • Continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services 
  • Provide leadership in promoting sustainable charges in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services

Goal 10: Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

  • Substantively and affectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Use empathy and other interpersonal skills
  • Develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes
  • Collect, organize, and interpret data
  • Assess client strengths and limitations
  • Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives
  • Select appropriate intervention strategies
  • Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals
  • Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities
  • Help clients resolve problems
  • Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients
  • Facilitate transitions and endings
  • Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions

Goal 11: Ethically integrate social work and Christian theology

  • Describe various approaches to the relationship between social work (science) and Christianity (theology)
  • Articulate a Christian worldview
  • Critique issues in social work from a theologically-informed perspective
  • Demonstrate commitment to social work as a form of ministry

Courses

Part 1. General Education Core
Part 2. Biblical Studies Core
Part 3. Social Work Major Core
54 Credits
Part 4. General Electives and Bachelor of Arts Degree Option
21 Credits