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BASW Program Mission, Goals, and Objectives

BASW Benchmarks and Program Mission, 2016-17

The mission of the overall program emphasizes building solutions to social problems and strengthening individuals, families, and community well-being.  Consistent with the mission of the School of Social Work, the goals of the BASW program are to prepare students to empower individuals, families and communities within a variety of agency and community settings in the state of New Jersey and beyond. Students in the BASW program will acquire the knowledge, skills, and values associated with the social work profession to serve various populations with a specific focus on underserved, marginalized, and oppressed groups.  Upon graduation students will be adept at the use of the generalist intervention model and proficient in the skills of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation on the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. 

In 2016, the School of Social Work adopted three new school-wide learning goals:  

Upon graduation, all students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior;
  • Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice;
  • Engage, Assess, and Intervene With Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.

BASW Program Goals

Through engagement with the program, students gain understanding in the dimensions of knowledge, values, skills, cognitive and affective processes, and behaviors as prescribed in the 2015 Council on Social Work (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).  Also, aligned with the nine CSWE Social Work Competencies outlined in the EPAS BASW students learn to;

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  4. Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
  5. Engage in Policy Practice
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Consistent with the mission of the School of Social Work, the goals of the BASW program are to prepare students for foundation level practice within a variety of agency and community settings and with diverse populations, including vulnerable groups, in the State of New Jersey and elsewhere:

  • Preparation of entry-level social work practitioners who serve effectively in a variety of capacities, particularly within the complex metropolitan context of social work practice in New Jersey.
  • Preparation of practitioners sensitive to the diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural composition of the State and the region who work with a range of client systems to meet the needs of citizens and communities.
  • Provision of a high-quality educational experience through a curriculum grounded in a liberal arts perspective and centered on the professional foundation content designed to prepare entry-level professionals for beginning social work practice with client systems of various size and types.
  • Education of students who understand and use social work knowledge, values, skills, cognitive and affective processes, and behaviors throughout their professional practice.
  • Graduation of students prepared to continue their professional education, including pursuit of master’s degree programs in social work.

Objectives of the BASW Program 

The objectives of the BASW program operationalize the program goals. They specify that graduates of the program should be able:

  1. To apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice to interventions with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  1. To apply the critical thinking skills of analysis, problem-solving, logic, reason, and evaluation to the professional context of practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  1. To practice in accordance with the values and ethics of the social work profession, and to demonstrate the professional use of self through conduct that exemplifies competence, self-awareness, integrity, respect for the individual, and ethical and social responsibility.
  1. To demonstrate an understanding of the nature and dynamics of oppression and discrimination, and demonstrate an understanding of vulnerable populations.
  1. To understand the strategies and techniques of social change that advance social and economic justice.           
  1. To demonstrate a foundation knowledge of the history of social work and social welfare, and an overview of current social welfare policies and service delivery systems, and to be able to analyze the impact of these policies on individuals, families, organizations, and communities.
  1. To demonstrate foundation knowledge and skills in research methods, to demonstrate an ability to evaluate relevant research studies and to recognize the implications of the findings for social work practice.
  1. To demonstrate foundation knowledge about human development and behavior, and to draw upon this knowledge to assess the biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors that affect client systems.
  1. To understand organizational structure and function, and be able to utilize this knowledge in various practitioner, advocate, and leadership roles within organizations in the social welfare and community arena.
  1. Continue to enhance their professional knowledge and skills by pursuing continuing education including professional development workshops and seminars, graduate work, licensure, certificate programs, and other educational venues. 

Competency Benchmarks

2014-15 BASW Competency Benchmarks

2015-16 BASW Competency Benchmarks

2016-17 BASW Competency Benchmarks

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