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Bachelor of Social Work Program

Department of Social Work

Goals & Competencies


The overarching mission of the East Tennessee State University Bachelor of Social Work Program is to prepare students with the competencies that reflect the core values and ethical obligations necessary for entry-level generalist practice in the social work profession.



The following goals of the BSW Program are derived from the program's mission.

  1. Provide a sound educational environment that nurtures learning, stimulates self-reflection, encourages open dialogue, and is characterized by honesty, integrity, trust, and respect.

  2. Draw on students' liberal arts foundation to build the knowledge, skills, values, ethics, and professional identity necessary for competent entry-level generalist practice in various contexts and all levels of practice.

  3. Ensure a knowledge base in human behavior theories that support intervention at multiple levels in order to improve the quality of life for all citizens, especially those who are disadvantaged.

  4. Prepare students to comprehend current social welfare policies' history, socio-politico-economic contexts, provisions, and consequences top client systems.

  5. Prepare students to advocate for more effective policies, programs, and services to advance social well-being.

  6. Motivate and prepare students for use of research tools to critically evaluate and improve practice, programs, and service delivery systems that employ social workers.

  7. Prepare students to meet social welfare needs in a culturally competent manner with diverse populations, giving attention to Northeast Tennessee and surrounding areas.



EP 2.1.1: Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior

  1. Apply code of ethics/models of ethical decision making/ethical research/relevant laws and regulations
  2. Reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values
  3. Professional demeanor in behavior; appearance; oral and written communication
  4. Use technology ethically and appropriately to facilitate practice outcomes
  5. Use supervision and consultation to guide professional judgment

EP 2.1.2: Engage diversity and difference in practice

  1. Apply and communicate understanding of importance of diversity-micro, mezzo, and macro levels
  2. Present as learners and engage clients as experts
  3. Apply self-awareness and regulate to manage biases

EP 2.1.3: Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice

  1. Apply understanding to advocate for human rights
  2. Engage in practices that advance social, economic, and environmental justice

EP 2.1.4: Engage in practice informed research and research informed practice

  1. Use practice experience and theory to inform scientific inquiry
  2. Engage in analysis of quantitative and qualitative research
  3. Use and translate research evidence to inform practice, policy, and service delivery

EP 2.1.5: Engage in policy practice

  1. Identify policy at the local, state, and federal level that impacts
  2. Access how policies impact the delivery of and access to social services
  3. Analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental

EP 2.1.6: Engage with individual, families, groups, organizations, and communities

  1. Apply knowledge of HBSE, P-I-E, and other
  2. Use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to engage

EP 2.1.7: Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

  1. Collect, interpret, and organize data and information
  2. Apply knowledge of HBSE, P-I-E, and other in assessment
  3. Develop mutually agreed-on interventions
  4. Select appropriate intervention strategies bases on assessment, research, values, and preferences

EP 2.1.8: Intervene with individual, families, groups, organizations, and communities

  1. Critically choose and implement interventions
  2. Apply HBSE, P-I-E, and other in interventions
  3. Inter-professional collaboration
  4. Negotiate, mediate, and advocate
  5. Facilitate effective transitions and endings

EP 2.1.9: Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

  1. Select and use appropriate methods of evaluation
  2. Apply HBSE, P-I-E, and other in evaluation of outcomes
  3. Analyze, monitor, and evaluate intervention and program processes and outcome
  4. Apply evaluation findings to improve practice
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