Mission and Goals
Social Work Program Mission, Goals and Objectives
The Eastern Kentucky University Social Work Program provides a student-centered collaborative and dynamic environment that prepares students for competent and ethical social work practice in a diverse world. This is accomplished through self-reflection, rigorous academics, knowledge based on scientific inquiry and experiential learning in a safe and nurturing environment. We strive to graduate students who understand the complexities of the relationship between people and their environments, value human rights and believe in the dignity and worth of all human beings. Completion of EKU’s generalist social work degree will provide the knowledge, values and skills to become practitioners who can think critically and creatively. Our mission is to graduate ethical leaders who advocate for social and economic justice in rural, urban and global communities, with an emphasis on EKU’s identified service region.
The social work program goals are to:
- provide a fluid curriculum, grounded in a liberal arts perspective that prepares students for competent and effective entry-level generalist professional social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities through mastery of the knowledge, values, and skills that inform the ten core competencies;
- integrate into the program the values, knowledge and skills of the social work profession and to socialize students to the profession through self-assessment and self-awareness;
- prepare students to deliver ethical social work practice through the development of critical thinking to guide professional judgments and practice; and
- prepare students for advocacy and service to diverse populations-at-risk and to advance economic and social justice.
Social Work Program Objectives
The social work program identifies 10 objectives of the program. These program objectives are also considered student learning outcomes or social work competencies. They are for students to:
- identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly,
- apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice,
- apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments,
- engage in diversity and difference in practice,
- advance human rights and social and economic justice,
- engage in research–informed practice and practice-informed research,
- apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment,
- engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective services,
- respond to context that shape practice and
- engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.