West Chester Campus
114 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383
PASSHE Center City Campus
701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106
The mission of the undergraduate social work program is to prepare students for beginning social work practice and lifelong learning. To this end, the program teaches the knowledge, values, and skills of generalist social work, with an emphasis on self-evaluation, critical thinking, information literacy, and understanding the intersections of people and their environments. Students apply micro, mezzo, and macro frameworks for assessment and intervention through experiential learning that includes two field placements over the course of three semesters. The program prepares students to adhere to the ethical standards of social work, to advocate for social and economic justice, and to promote the strengths and well-being of diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Students graduate with the core competencies appropriate to entry-level generalist social work as well as the foundation for graduate social work education.
The BSW Program at West Chester University defines generalist practice as practice that is grounded in a liberal arts foundation upon which a generic and integrated social work knowledge base is developed, and informed by social work values. From this grounding, generalist practitioners utilize a professional problem solving process to engage, assess, broker services, advocate, counsel, educate, and organize with and on behalf of clients and client systems. Generalist practitioners work with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations in a variety of social work and host settings. They view clients and client systems from a strengths perspective in order to recognize, support, and build upon the uniqueness of all groups of people as well as the innate capabilities of all human beings. Finally, generalist practitioners evaluate service outcomes in order to continually improve the provision and quality of services most appropriate to client needs. Generalist social work practice is guided by the NASW Code of Ethics and is committed to improving the well-being of individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations and furthering the goals of human rights and social justice in a global society.
[Informed by the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Director's definition of Generalist Practice as cited in Mizrahi, T.M. & Davis, L.E. (2008). The Encyclopedia of Social Work (20th ed.). Washington, DC: NASW Press; New York: Oxford University Press.]
Objectives for the Undergraduate Social Work Program are linked to core practice competencies as set forth in the Council on Social Work Education’s 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The social work curriculum prepares its graduates for generalist practice through mastery of these nine core competencies (listed below). For further information, please refer to the Undergraduate Social Work Department’s Student Handbook/Field Manual. It is our goal that by completion of the program, students will be prepared to:
For a detailed description, go to pp 7-9 on the CSWE 2015 EPAS Core Competencies document.