Sometimes we are unable to cope with or resolve difficulties such as: Social work is the profession that helps individuals, groups, and communities enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning and work towards social and economic justice and peace.
Through an integrated curriculum design grounded in the knowledge, values, and skills of the profession, the program provides opportunities to advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice. The diverse human service community of the Hudson River Valley enriches student development through strong collaborative professional partnership with the intention of developing future leaders and a more inclusive society.
The program identifies the following program goals: Students will demonstrate critical self-reflection as the foundation for competent generalist practice. Students will apply research evidence to advance practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and community toward a more just society.
Students will demonstrate entry-level mastery of the core competencies as they complete the multi-dimensional field education program. This Program Handbook provides you with the essential information you will need to successfully progress through the program and achieve your goal of earning a Bachelor of Science degree in social work.
Your faculty advisor and the Program Director are always available to answer your questions and to assist you in your progress.
Social work is a wonderful career - ask any of the faculty! However, as this Handbook explains, it is not for everyone. It will take commitment and hard work to meet the challenges of the program and professional social work practice. The Social Work faculty is here to support you in your commitment to succeed.Social workers need to be good listeners, and those who work in adoption should ideally be good with children.
Other important skills for social workers in general include strong critical thinking skills, social perceptiveness, problem solving and negotiating skills, and good judgement. and communities. In addition, social workers often work with limited resources and tight budgets.
Problem solving skills are essential if one hopes to overcome budgetary obstacles and fiscal constraints. 5.
Critical Thinking Skills Applying social work theories and making informed decisions helps professionals to best serve client needs. Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice. Understand the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles, and practice accordingly.
Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes. Critical thinking in social work is not critical thinking in philosophy, education, or even nursing; its use in social work sheds light on purposes, problems, and conflicts unique to the field.
ESSENTIAL SOCIAL WORK KNOWLEDGE, VALUES, AND SKILLS. Social Work Knowledge. Diversity. Including “rurality” as a distinct culture and how it intersects with other type of diversity.
Communication skills. Empathy.
Critical thinking. Counseling/clinical diagnosis/clinical interventions. Report writing and documentation. Leadership. Critical thinking skills are emphasized throughout the course via decisions surrounding the appropriate use of groups as a method of intervention, the assessment of membership and the evaluation and research of group work practices.