By design, Goodwin’s BSW Program fully embraces the purpose of the social work profession—the promotion of human and community well-being. Guided by a person and environment construct, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, social work’s purpose is actualized through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons.
The primary mission of the Goodwin College Social Work Program is to prepare students with the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to be competent and effective entry-level generalist practitioners in diverse social service settings. To this end, we adopted as program student-learning outcomes the 10 core competencies as articulated in the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). We embrace fully the six core values expressed in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics—service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. We also value the application of a person-in-environment framework in concert with a strength-based approach to practice. The program curriculum was designed to fully integrate these values and explicitly support students’ development and mastery of practice behaviors related to the CSWE-EPAS core competencies.
In sum, the mission, purpose, and values of the BSW Program are consistent with those of the college. Each has the aim of preparing students for professional careers and the importance of providing students with frameworks for making ethical decisions and conducting themselves with professional integrity. The college mission and purposes acknowledge the worth of our students’ diverse cultures, ages, experiences, and opinions, and the complex contexts in which students are living, working, and learning. The parallel to this is evident in the program’s core values and the stated outcomes. The alignment of the department’s mission and values with those of the program is similarly evident. Each is focused not only on ethical practice, but also the dignity of all persons.