BASW Mission And Goals
The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program at the University of Kentucky seeks to prepare effective, competent, generalist social work practitioners who are ethical, engaged, culturally aware and informed agents for social change.
- Goal 1. BASW graduates will identify and conduct themselves as professional social workers by adhering to professional values and utilizing ethical problem-solving strategies and by employing critical thinking and communication skills to effectively assess, understand and intervene in complex problems inherent in social work practice.
- Goal 2. BASW graduates will recognize and appreciate the nature of diversity and how it influences individual lives and demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively with populations at risk including strategies to address the complexities of various forms of discrimination and oppression affecting members of diverse groups and communities.
- Goal 3. BASW graduates will develop the knowledge, skills, and values required to engage in effective policy practice to enhance the quality of social work services, to promote human rights, and to improve social and economic well-being.
- Goal 4. BASW graduates will employ methods of quantitative reasoning and utilize empirically based knowledge to develop practice strategies and understand the influence of research on service delivery as well as the ability to evaluate their own practice.
- Goal 5. BASW graduates will be able to effectively apply the knowledge, theory, values, and skills necessary for the generalist practice framework of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation of practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.