Hawaii Pacific University
School of Social Work
BSW Program Goals, Core Competencies (CC) and Practice Behaviors (PB)
BSW Program Goals
- To develop students’ competence in the use of the generalist problem-solving model with client systems of all sizes.
- To prepare graduates who practice competently with diverse populations
- To prepare graduates who understand the social contexts of social work practice at micro, mezzo, and macro levels, including the changing nature of those contexts.
- To promote the values and ethics of professional social work in the program and in students’ practice
- To develop in students an appropriate foundation for and valuing of lifelong learning, in practice or in graduate education.
CC1: Professional Development:
Graduates develop an appropriate foundation for and a commitment to lifelong learning in social work practice.
PB 1.1: Continue to enhance their professional skills and knowledge to work effectively with client systems of all sizes.
PB 1.2: Demonstrate professional demeanor that reflects awareness of and respect for client systems.
PB 1.3: Practice self-reflection and self-correction as tools for enhancing their professional competence.
PB 1.4: Adhere to professional roles and responsibilities.
PB 1.5: Understand and apply supervision and consultation as a part of their
CC2: Values & Ethics:
Graduates internalize, promote and apply the values and ethics of social work in professional practice.
PB 2.1: Aspiring to acquire and practice within the standards of social work licenses and/or credentials.
PB 2.2: Awareness of their personal values and manage it in a way that allows professional values to guide practice.
PB 2.3: Make ethical decisions and resolve ethical conflicts in practice by critically applying the NASW Code of Ethics and, as applicable, standards of the IFSW.
CC3: Critical Thinking:
Graduates identify and apply critical thinking skills in professional practice with systems of all sizes.
PB 3.1: Assess and integrate multiple sources of information, including research-based knowledge, in professional practice.
PB 3.2: Develop an ability to critically analyze and apply models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation.
PB 3.3: Demonstrate effective oral and written communication, and build productive relationships with client systems using established professional standards and practices.
Graduates demonstrate cultural competence to practice social work with diverse populations in systems of all sizes.
PB 4.1: Demonstrate to function as beginning-level social workers within agencies serving diverse populations, using appropriate written and oral communication techniques.
PB 4.2: Recognize cultural practices, beliefs and values as factors that may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or, conversely enhance privilege and power.
PB 4.3: Demonstrate professional competence that reflects awareness of and respect for diversity as a value that shapes practice with diverse populations.
PB 4.4: Recognize clients as experts of their own life experiences, and collaborate with them to effectively implement culturally appropriate practices.
CC5: Social and economic justice
PB 5.1: Graduates describe the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination.
PB 5.2: Acquire theoretical knowledge of socio-economic justice to promote human rights of marginalized populations including indigenous people.
PB 5.3: Participate in advocacy processes in collaboration with people who are deprived from and in need of services.
PB 5.4: Engage in culturally and policy sensitive practices that mobilize resources to meet the needs of minority populations.
PB 5.5: Incorporate practices that promote social and economic justice in organizations, institutions and society.
Graduates demonstrate evaluation skills to apply research-generated information and methods in social work practice.
PB 6.1: Locate, evaluate and critically analyze current research literature in their areas of interest.
PB 6.2: Critically understand beginning level of policy analysis, evidence-based and research-informed practices in systems of all sizes.
Graduates develop a proficiency to critically understand and, where appropriate, apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment while working with client systems of all sizes.
PB 7.1: Knowledgeable about the social and cultural systems in which people live and the ways in which those systems facilitate or hinder them in maintaining or achieving well-being.
PB 7.2: Apply the social work generalist model to understand and critically analyze their chosen populations and their interactions with socio-economic environment.
CC8: Policy Practice:
Graduates develop knowledge and skills related to social work policy practice and advocacy to advance social and economic well-being and deliver effective social work services.
PB 8.1: Understand and critically analyze that direct social work practices occur in a policy context.
PB 8.2: Recognize linkages among social work history, current social policies and societal structures.
PB 8.3: Collaborate with social workers, other professionals, clients and community in order to demonstrate effective policy action
Graduates are informed, resourceful and proactive in responding to the changing nature of socio-economic and political contexts that influence well-being of people.
PB 9.1: Skillful to access current information about changing socio-economic and political contexts, innovations and changing trends to provide relevant services.
PB 9.2: Understand the significance of information technologies and organizational analysis techniques for relevant service delivery to clients and communities.
PB 9.3: Practice beginning level leadership skills to promote sustainable change to improve quality of service delivery.
CC10: Generalist Social Work Model:
Graduates develop professional competency in the use of the generalist problem-solving model with client systems of all sizes.
PB 10.1: Describe, assess and apply the generalist problem-solving model to practice with systems of all sizes.
PB 10.2: Demonstrate professional knowledge and skills to assess clients' situation, strengths and limitations that enable them to work together with clients for goal-setting and developing outcome-based intervention plans.
PB 10.3: Acquire knowledge and strategies to empower clients in preventing and resolving problem.
PB 10.4: Demonstrate their evaluation skills to critically analyze, monitor and evaluate various stages of practice – from engagement to follow-up.