School of Social Work Mission Statement
The mission of the School of Social Work at Brigham Young University is to support the overall mission of BYU and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by generating new knowledge and by educating and training students to use the appropriate knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession to serve children and families within their environment and the context of their specific cultures.
In addition to the Core Competencies above, BYU seeks to develop students of faith, intellect, and character who have the skills and the desire to continue learning and to serve others throughout their lives. These are the common aims of all education at BYU. Both those who teach in the classroom and those who direct activities outside the classroom are responsible for contributing to this complete educational vision. A BYU Education should be:
Leading to Lifelong Learning and Service
We have a competency-based outcomes approach to education. The goal of this outcomes performance approach is to ensure that MSW graduates are prepared to work competently with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) defines 10 competencies (Educational Policy 2.1.1—2.1.10), which are common to all social work practices. Each competency is composed of knowledge, values, and skills that define what social workers must know and be able to do to practice effectively. Our program augments and applies knowledge and practice behaviors for advanced practice in clinical social work for each of the 10 competencies, which are:
1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.