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Social Work, B.A.

Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in social work from Hood College:

  1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior through:
    • Making ethical decisions by applying the standards of the NASW Code of Ethics, relevant laws and regulations, models for ethical decision-making, ethical conduct of research;
    • Using reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain professionalism in practice situations; and
    • Using technology ethically and appropriately to facilitate practice outcomes.
  2. Engaging diversity and difference in practice through:
    • Applying and communicating understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo and macro levels;
    • Presenting themselves as learners and engage clients and constituencies as experts of their own experiences; and
    • Applying self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies.
  3. Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice through:
    • Applying their understanding of social, economic and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at the individual and system levels, and
    • Engaging in practices that advance social, economic and environmental justice.
  4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice through:
    • Using practice experience and theory to inform scientific inquiry and research, and
    • Engaging in practices that advance social, economic and environmental justice.
  5. Engage in Policy Practice through:
    • Identifying social policy at the local, state and federal level that impacts well-being, service delivery and access to social services;
    • Assessing how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and access to social services; and
    • Applying critical thinking to analyze, formulate and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice.
  6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities through:
    • Applying knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage with clients and constituencies.
  7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities through:
    • Collecting and organizing data and applying critical thinking to interpret information from clients and constituencies;
    • Applying knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the analysis of assessment data from clients and constituencies;
    • Developing mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives based on the critical assessment of strengths, needs and challenges within clients and constituencies; and
    • Select appropriate intervention strategies based on the assessment, research knowledge and values and preferences of clients and constituencies.
  8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities through:
    • Critically choosing and implementing interventions to achieve practice goals and enhance capacities of clients and constituencies;
    • Applying knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in interventions with clients and constituencies;
    • Using inter-professional collaboration as appropriate to achieve beneficial practice outcomes;
    • Negotiating, mediating, and advocating with and on behalf of diverse clients and constituencies; and
    • Facilitating effective transitions and endings that advance mutually agreed-on goals.
  9. Evaluate practice with individuals, families, group organizations and communities through:
    • Selecting and using appropriate methods for evaluation of outcomes;
    • Applying knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the evaluation of outcomes;
    • Critically analyzing, monitoring, and evaluating intervention and program processes and outcomes; and
    • Applying evaluation findings to improve practice effectiveness at the micro, mezzo and macro levels.