Agency Field Manual
Social Work Program Objectives
The social work program at St. Cloud State University is designed so that graduates meet the following objectives as the foundation for their entry-level generalist social work practice.
Upon graduation social work majors will be able to:
- Implement the values and ethics of the social work profession;
- Practice generalist social work effectively at all levels, incorporating systems theory and integrating a strengths perspective;
- Practice without discrimination, and with respect, knowledge, and skills, related to clients’ age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation;
- Understand the forms and means of oppression and discrimination, and advocate for social, economic, and political justice;
- Use supervision, consultation, and collaboration to enhance social work practice within organizational structures and service delivery systems, as well as to seek necessary organizational change;
- Analyze and formulate policy alternatives and understand how to influence social policies on all levels;
- Apply research findings to practice and evaluate one’s own practice interventions;
- Know the history of the social work profession and understand its relationship to contemporary issues;
- Use all modes of communication skillfully and demonstrate critical thinking skills in all professional encounters.