Stephen F. Austin State University

BSW Program

From the BSW Director

We welcome students to the social work profession. Social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States and throughout the world. The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at Stephen F. Austin State University is to prepare competent and effective professional social workers committed to generalist practice. We are committed to providing leaderships for the region and globally, particularly in identifying and addressing community needs and issues, specifically those related to the alleviation of poverty and oppression, cultural diversity and social economic justice.

We appreciate the opportunity to serve as educators, advisors and mentors to the next generation of social workers. We pledge our sincere efforts to help students to become competent professionals who identify as social workers, think critically, and advocate change for all people.

Sam Copeland, PhD, LCSW, ACSW

Professor and BSW Program Director

BSW Program Overview

The Council on Social Work Education accredits the BSW program at Stephen F. Austin State University. The program prepares graduates for generalist practice in entry level social work practice as well as continuing professional development. The BSW graduate has a basic knowledge of theory and the ability to engage in thought with conceptual complexity. Possession of the common body of the profession's knowledge, values and skills allows graduates to apply their generalist practice abilities in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in a variety of agency settings.

BSW Program Mission Statement

The mission of the BSW program at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) is to prepare competent and effective professional social workers committed to generalist practice with the ability to respond to the needs of individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. The program is committed to providing leadership for the region and globally, particularly in identifying and addressing community needs and issues, including those related to the alleviation of poverty and oppression, cultural diversity and social and economic justice. In support of its educational endeavors, the program is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, life long learning and community service.

BSW Program Goals

The BSW program has six distinct program goals that directly support the school mission. The goals are as follows:

  1. Prepare social work graduates who will be able to demonstrate integration of social work knowledge, values, and skills into generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  2. Produce a curriculum that builds on a liberal arts perspective that prepares graduates to be capable of critical thinking and ethical social work practice with systems of all sizes.
  3. Prepare social work graduates who identify with the social work profession and are lifelong learners.
  4. Prepare social work graduates who will be able to evaluate practice, understand practice issues related to diversity including rural lifestyles, advocate for social and economic change, and recognize the global context of social work practice.
  5. Prepare social work graduates committed to the enhancement of human well-being and to the alleviation of discrimination, poverty and oppression.
  6. Maintain reciprocal relationships with social work practitioners, groups, communities and organizations.

BSW Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice.
  4. Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice Advance human
  5. Engage in Policy Practice.
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities

BSW Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Make 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, and additional codes of ethics as appropriate to context
  2. Use reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain professionalism in practice situations
  3. Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior; appearance; and oral, written, and electronic communication
  4. Use technology ethically and appropriately to facilitate practice outcomes
  5. Use supervision and consultation to guide professional judgment
  6. Apply and communicate understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels
  7. Present themselves as learners and engage clients and constituencies as experts of their own experiences
  8. Apply self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies
  9. Apply their understanding of social, economic, and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at the individual and system levels
  10. Engage in practices that advance social, economic, and environmental justice
  11. Use practice experiences and theory to inform scientific inquiry and research
  12. Apply critical thinking to engage in analysis of quantitative and qualitative research methods and research findings
  13. Use and translate research evidence to inform and improve practice, policy, and service delivery
  14. Identify social policy at the local, state, and federal level that impacts well-being, service delivery, and access to social services
  15. Assess how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and access to social services
  16. Apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for polices that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
  17. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage with clients and constituencies
  18. Use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage diverse clients and constituencies
  19. Collect and organize data, and apply critical thinking to interpret information from clients and constituencies
  20. Apply 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
  21. Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives based on the critical assessment of strengths, needs, and challenges within clients and constituencies
  22. Select appropriate intervention strategies based on the assessment, research knowledge, and values and preferences of clients and constituencies
  23. Critically choose and implement interventions to achieve practice goals and enhance capacities of clients and constituencies
  24. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in interventions with clients and constituencies
  25. Use inter-professional collaboration as appropriate to achieve beneficial practice outcomes
  26. Negotiate, mediate, and advocate with and on behalf of diverse clients and constituencies
  27. Facilitate effective transitions and endings that advance mutually agreed-on goals
  28. Select and use appropriate methods for evaluation of outcomes
  29. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the evaluation of outcomes
  30. Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate intervention and program processes and outcomes
  31. Apply evaluation findings to improve practice effectiveness at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels

Generalist Practice

Generalist practice is grounded in the liberal arts and the person-in-environment framework. To promote human and social well-being, generalist practitioners use a range of prevention and intervention methods in their practice with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities based on scientific inquiry and best practices. The generalist practitioner identifies with the social work profession and applies ethical principles and critical thinking in practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Generalist practitioners engage diversity in their practice and advocate for human rights and social and economic justice. They recognize, support, and build on the strengths and resiliency of all human beings. They engage in research-informed practice and are proactive in responding to the impact of context on professional practice.