Consistent with the mission of Eastern New Mexico University and the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards of the Council for Social Work Education, the BSW Program's mission is to prepare students for entry level generalist social work practice, social work licensure, and advanced social work study. It is the program's vision that graduates will become leaders in the provision of professional, competent, and ethical services that meets the needs and enhances the well being of the populations they serve. Acknowledging the scarcity of resources in our region, the program prepares students for effective practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities in rural settings and with diverse populations of the Southwest. Rooted in the social work profession's history, purposes, and philosophy, the program seeks to educate and develop a commitment in its graduates to upholding human rights, respecting human diversity, and promoting social and economic justice.
The BSW Program curriculum prepares its graduates for generalist practice through mastery of the following ten core competencies:
2.1.1 Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
2.1.2 Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
2.1.3 Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
2.1.4 Engage diversity and difference in practice.
2.1.5 Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
2.1.6 Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
2.1.7 Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
2.1.8 Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
2.1.9 Respond to contexts that shape practice.
2.1.10 Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.