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Division of Social Work|University of Wyoming

BSW Program Mission Statement:

The Division of Social Work is guided by a person-in-environment perspective with respect for human diversity and provides opportunities for students, faculty, and the greater community to work toward improving the conditions for persons and communities within Wyoming and beyond.

BSW Program Objectives:

Graduates of the BSW program will be able to:

1. Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice;

2. Practice within the values and ethics of the social work profession and with an understanding of and respect for the positive value of diversity, including but not limited to diverse groups distinguished by race, ethnicity, class, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion, mental and physical ability, age, and national origin;

3. Demonstrate the professional use of self;

4. Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and the strategies of change that advance social and economic justice;

5. Understand the distinct circumstances of populations-at-risk: women, people of color and people who are gay and lesbian, and populations- at risk unique to this region, such as Native Americans living on reservations, isolated farm and ranch families, and isolated minority groups scattered throughout the state;

6. Understand the history of the social work profession and its current structures and issues;

7. Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes;

8. Apply knowledge of bio-psycho-social variables that affect individual development and behavior, and use theoretical frameworks to understand the interactions among individuals and between individuals and social systems;

9. Analyze the impact of social policies on client systems, workers, and agencies;

10. Evaluate research studies and apply findings to practice, and, under supervision, to evaluate practice outcomes, through evaluation of their own practice interventions and program evaluation;

11. Use effective communication skills differentially with a variety of client populations, colleagues, and member of the community;

12. Use supervision appropriate to generalist, entry-level practice;

13. Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems, and under supervision, seek necessary organizational change;

14. Value the importance of continuing education.

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