Goal 1—Integrate Theory into
Practice: To help graduates use critical thinking
and integrate liberal arts and professional knowledge,
values and skills into the development of a generalist
perspective for social work practice with individuals,
families, groups, communities and organizations.
Goal 2—Celebrate Diversity:
To help graduates recognize the value of
human diversity, acquire knowledge related to diverse
populations for professional practice, and acquire
skills for change to redress economic and social
Goal 3—Conduct Policy Practice: To
prepare graduates to understand social policy and its
impact upon professional practice and to participate in
efforts to assure that policy responds to human needs.
Goal 4—Assume Professional
Identity: To motivate graduates to assume
responsibility for continuing professional growth and
Family-in-Environment Practice Perspective: To
produce advanced generalist practitioners with a
knowledge concentration in family in environment who are
able to respond with multi-level practice to the needs
of the institution of the family so that its members
realize their fullest potential for personal fulfillment
and social contribution.
Goal 6—Gain Specialized
Knowledge: To promote an effective, efficient and
humane social service delivery network in the program
service area through community need-driven, specialized
Goal 7—Conduct Autonomous Practice:
To graduate autonomous practitioners with
a clear professional identity, including commitment to
the NASW Code of Ethics and identified needs for future
Social workers serve as
representatives of the profession, its mission, and its
They know the profession’s
Social workers commit
themselves to the profession’s enhancement and to their
own professional conduct and growth.
Family-centered social workers embrace their
self-definition as members of the social work profession
in interaction with others.
They articulate the profession’s philosophy and
purpose in two specific contexts:
1) the context of their own role in the agency
context, and 2) the context of their own role as agency
representative in the community.
In addition, their plans for professional growth
are developed within the context of the agency and its
Supervision is sought independently as needed.
workers have an obligation to conduct themselves
ethically and to engage in ethical decision-making.
Social workers are
knowledgeable about the value base of the profession,
its ethical standards, and relevant law.
social workers manage increasingly complex ethical
decision-making through conscious use of self and
They conduct ethical decision-making in the
context of current practice in the agency and community
setting with attention to its impact on families.
Social workers are knowledgeable
about the principles of logic, scientific inquiry, and
They use critical thinking
augmented by creativity and curiosity.
Critical thinking also
requires the synthesis and communication of relevant
social workers question the ethical and practical
implications of traditional definitions of family.
They demonstrate an ability to articulate an
inclusive definition of family built on the premise that
no single family form is by its nature superior to
critically analyze policies and practices that affect
Social workers understand how
diversity characterizes and shapes the human experience
and is critical to the formation of identity.
The dimensions of diversity
are understood as the intersectionality of multiple
factors including age, class, color, culture,
disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and
expression, immigration status, political ideology,
race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
Social workers appreciate
that, as a consequence of difference, a person’s life
experiences may include oppression, poverty,
marginalization, and alienation as well as privilege,
power and acclaim.
Employ self-awareness to understand
and articulate the strengths inherent in diversity (EP
Ever cognizant of its diverse geographic service area,
the Kutztown University Social Work Program places an
emphasis on working with diverse client systems.
Graduates are comfortable enough with their own
elements of diversity to recognize the strengths of
diversity in others.
They understand that those elements of diversity
that often result in oppression, poverty and
marginalization are likely to include strengths that may
be utilized to enhance individual and system
Family-centered social workers continuously refine the
professional use of self through learning about diverse
family forms and their inherent strengths.
They explore their own definition of family and
their own family history to develop the self-awareness
that allows them to understand their own values and
Each person, regardless of
position in society, has basic human rights, such as
freedom, safety, privacy, and adequate standard of
living, health care, and education.
Social workers recognize
the global interconnections of oppression and are
knowledgeable about theories of justice and strategies
to promote human and civil rights.
Social work incorporates
social justice practices in organizations, institutions,
and society to ensure that these basic human rights are
distributed equitably and without prejudice.
Family-centered social workers consider
forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination as
they impact the family and develop and carry out
strategies for change that advance social and economic
justice for all families. They analyze the impact of
social policies on client systems, workers and agencies.
They demonstrate skills for
influencing policy formation and change toward promoting
Due to the Kutztown
University Social Work program mission to respond to the
needs of its immediate community, graduates promote an
effective, efficient and humane social service delivery
network in the program service area through community
need-driven, specialized knowledge.
Social workers use practice
experience to inform research, employ evidence-based
interventions, evaluate their own practice, and use
research findings to improve practice, policy, and
social service delivery.
Social workers comprehend
quantitative and qualitative research and understand
scientific and ethical approaches to building knowledge.
Advanced generalist, family-centered practitioners
refine, evaluate and
advance social work knowledge, service provision and the
profession using a critical evaluation of scientific
literature and systematic practice evaluation.
bring a family-in-environment
perspective to multi-level practice-based research.
Viewing family as the pivotal social institution, they
develop research questions with a full consideration of
the potential for family impact.
They complete independent
evaluations of programs and multi-level practice
interventions from a family-centered perspective.
Social workers are knowledgeable
about human behavior across the life course; the range
of social systems in which people live; and the ways
social systems promote or deter people in maintaining or
achieving health and well-being.
Social workers apply
theories and knowledge from the liberal arts to
understand biological, social, cultural, psychological,
and spiritual development.
exhibit a knowledge concentration in the practice
respond with multi-level practice
to the needs of the institution of the family so that
its members realize their fullest potential for personal
fulfillment and social contribution.
understand the family to be a pivotal social
They integrate knowledge
from generalist social work practice and the liberal
arts and sciences with theories of family functioning
and family-centered analyses of social welfare policy
and social work practice research.
In addition, they develop
specialized knowledge consistent with individual and
Social work practitioners
understand that policy affects service delivery, and
they actively engage in policy practice.
Social workers know the
history and current structures of social policies and
services; the role of policy in service delivery; and
the role of practice in policy development.
function autonomously within the structure of
organizations and service delivery systems and seek
necessary organizational level change.
They analyze the impact of
social policies on families, client systems, workers,
In response, they influence
policy formation and change toward promoting family
Social workers are informed,
resourceful, and proactive in responding to evolving
organizational, community, and societal contexts at all
levels of practice.
Social workers recognize
that the context of practice is dynamic, and use
knowledge and skill to respond proactively.
social workers promote an effective, efficient and human
social service delivery network through community
need-driven specialized knowledge.
They respond to the dynamic nature of population
and science through family-centered service grounded in
their agency’s mission.
involves the dynamic and interactive processes of
engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation at
Social workers have the knowledge and skills to
practice with individuals, families, groups,
organizations, and communities.
Practice knowledge includes identifying,
analyzing, and implementing evidence-based interventions
designed to achieve client goals, using research and
technological advanced; evaluating program outcomes and
practice effectiveness; developing, analyzing,
advocating, and providing leadership for policies and
services; and promoting social and economic justice.
Social workers substantively and affectively prepare for
action with individuals, families, groups,
organizations, and communities; use empathy and other
interpersonal skills; and develop a mutually agreed-on
focus of work and desired outcomes.
Family-centered social workers
recognize the multi-faceted variety of family forms.
They are aware that
individuals and policy makers often hold the
preconception that “family” only means persons related
by marriage or blood ties.
collect, organize, and interpret client data; assess
client strengths and limitations; develop mutually
agreed-on intervention goals and objectives; and select
appropriate intervention strategies.
analyze complex problems and
propose multi-level, family-centered solutions.
initiate actions to achieve organizational goals;
implement prevention interventions that enhance client
capacities; help clients resolve problems; negotiate,
mediate, and advocate for clients; and facilitate
transitions and endings.
practitioners conduct multi-level intervention in the
context of agency function, worker role and family
Intervention is informed by the family-in-environment
perspective and based in an eclectic, empirically
evaluated knowledge base.
Social workers critically
analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions.
Advanced practitioners articulate
the evidence-based practice principles and/or
theoretical framework for family-centered interventions;
and develop and carry out independent, systematic
evaluations of practice.