Goals and Objectives of HPU’s Social Work Program


Program goals evolve from the program’s mission and reflect the intent of the CSWE Curriculum Policy Statement. The goals of the Howard Payne University Social Work Program are to:
1. Prepare students to perform generalist social work practice with a variety of social systems ranging in size from individuals, families, groups, agencies, organizations and communities.
2. Equip students to work with diverse populations. These populations include rural and urban populations, the elderly, women, lesbians and gays, as well as people from a variety of cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds.
3. Ensure that students are committed to the social work profession, its value base and code of ethics.
4. Enhance student awareness of the social context of practice, the changing nature of those contexts, the behavior of organizations and the dynamics of change.
5. Prepare students to accept responsibility for continued learning relative to new knowledge and skills throughout their careers.


Graduates of the Social Work Program will be able to demonstrate:
1. Generalist social work knowledge and skills at an entry level to practice with individuals, families, groups, agencies, organizations and communities.
2. An understanding of rural poor and special requirements for the delivery of social services to that population.
3. The ability to practice within the values and ethics of the social work profession and with an understanding of and respect for the positive value of diversity.
4. An understanding of the environment within which they practice and an ability to evaluate services provided so that they can function effectively within the structure of agencies, organizations, and service delivery systems, and under supervision, seek necessary change.
5. Knowledge of bio-psycho-social variables that affect individual development and behavior, and use of theoretical frameworks to understand the interactions among individuals and between individuals and social systems.
6. The professional use of self.
7. The use of communication skills differentially with a variety of client populations, colleagues, and members of the community.
8. Knowledge of when and how to use supervision appropriate to generalist practice.
9. The use of critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.
10. The ability to evaluate research studies and apply findings to practice, and, under supervision, to evaluate their own practice interventions and those of other relevant systems.
11. An understanding of the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and the strategies of change that advance social and economic justice.
12. The ability to analyze the impact of social policies on client systems, workers, agencies, organizations, specific populations, and society as a whole.
13. An understanding of the history of the social work profession and its current structures and issues.