CSWE Accreditation Information


Specialized Accreditation

The Department is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and has been continuously since l985.  In February 2009, the Commission on Accreditation (COA) reviewed the Self-Study, the Accreditation Review Brief, and the program’s response to the Brief as the reaffirmation application for the baccalaureate social work program, and voted to reaffirm the program’s accreditation for eight years, ending February 2016. Our self-study is due April 2015.

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CSWE 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS)

Core Competencies and Practice Behaviors

2.1.1 Identify as a social worker and conduct self accordingly

2.1.1 (a) Advocate for client access to the services of social work

2.1.1 (b) Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development

2.1.1 (c) Attend to professional roles and boundaries

2.1.1 (d) Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication

2.1.1 (e) Engage in career-long learning

2.1.1 (f) Use supervision and consultation

2.1.2 Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice

2.1.2 (a) Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice

2.1.2 (b) Make ethical decisions by applying standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles

2.1.2 (c) Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts

2.1.2 (d) Apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions

2.1.3 Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments

2.1.3 (a) Distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom

2.1.3 (b) Analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation

2.1.3 (c) Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and colleagues.

2.1.4 Engage diversity and difference in practice

2.1.4 (a) Recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power;

2.1.4 (b) Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups

2.1.4 (c) Recognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences

2.1.4 (d) View themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants.

2.1.5 Advance human rights and social and economic justice

2.1.5 (a) Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination

2.1.5 (b) Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice

2.1.5 (c) Engage in practices that advance social and economic justice.

2.1.6 Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research

2.1.6 (a) Use practical experience to inform scientific inquiry

2.1.6 (b) Use research evidence to inform practice

2.1.7 Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment

2.1.7 (a) Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation

2.1.7 (b)Critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment

2.1.8 Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to delivery effective social work services

2.1.8 (a) Analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being

2.1.8 (b)Collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action

2.1.9 Respond to contexts that shape practice

2.1.9 (a)Continuously discover, appraise and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services

2.1.9 (b)Provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services

 2.1.10 (a)-(d): Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

10(a) Engagement

10 (a) i.Substantively and affectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

10 (a) ii. Use empathy and other interpersonal skills

10 (a) iii. Develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes

10(b) Assessment

10 (b) i. Collect, organize, and interpret client data

10 (b) ii. Assess client strengths and limitations

10 (b) iii. Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives

10 (b) iv. Select appropriate intervention strategies

10(c) Intervention

10 (c) i. Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals

10 (c) ii. Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities

10 (c) iii. Help clients resolve problems

10 (c) iv. Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients

10 (c) v. Facilitate transitions and endings

10(d) Evaluation

10 (d) i. Critically analyze, monitor and evaluate interventions

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