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Provide content about social work practice with client systems of various sizes and types by instilling in students recognition and respect for the dignity and worth of client systems in reference to gender, race, religion, national origin, disabilities, and sexual preference.

Contribute to the University’s expression of its commitment to fostering cultural, social, and ethical growth in its students by a special emphasis on relationships between diverse peoples and their social environment and an awareness of, and respect for, the contributions of women and minorities in American society.
Provide students with a comprehensive foundation for graduate professional education in social work.

Instill in students the habits and discipline conducive to lifelong learning and the ongoing enhancement of the skills necessary for successful professional growth and development in social work practice.

Social Work Program Objectives

The generalist practice educational experience at West Virginia State University will enable students to:

Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.
Practice within the values and ethics of the social work profession and with an understanding of and respect for the positive value of diversity.
Demonstrate the professional use of self.
Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and the strategies of advocacy and change that advance social and economic justice.
Understand the history of the social work profession and its current structures and issues.
Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work to practice with systems of all sizes.
Apply knowledge of the bio-psycho-social variables that affect the individual development and behavior, and use theoretical frameworks to understand the interactions among individuals and between individuals and social systems (i.e., families, groups, organizations and communities).
Analyze the impact of social policies on client systems, workers, and agencies.
Evaluate research studies and apply findings to practice, and under supervision, to evaluate their own practice interventions and those of relevant systems.
Use communication skills differentially with a variety of client populations, colleagues, and members of the community.
Use supervision and consultation appropriate to generalist practice.
Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems, and under supervision, seek necessary organizational change.

Program Accreditation

An important fact for you to know is that our program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accrediting body for Social Work educational programs. This means potential employers anywhere in the country will recognize our program as having met the standards for quality and excellence set by CSWE. It also mans our graduates are eligible for licensure as social workers in West Virginia and other states, depending on individual state laws. The Social Work program at West Virginia State University has been continually accredited by CSWE since 1975.

Affirmative Action Statement

West Virginia State University is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION institution and does not discriminate against any person because of race, sex, age, color, religion, disability, national or ethnic origin.

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