Social Work

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Faculty

Dr. Sheri Boyle (chair) | Ann Bergamasco | Dr. Azadeh Block | Dr. Marta S. McClintock-Comeaux | Dr. Carolyn Wass | Dr. Bonnie Young Laing 

Programs

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Program Mission

The mission of the California University of Pennsylvania BSW program is to prepare committed competent and ethical social work practitioners to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.  Taking an ecological and problem-solving approach, our aim is to develop generalist social work practitioners who will competently:

            •   impact their environments;

            •   provide adequate opportunities and resources;

            •   develop the profession's knowledge base; and

            •   enhance the social functioning of all.

The BSW program's mission is consistent with the profession's purpose and values and the program's context, in that the mission of the program is to create a generalist social work practitioner who is able and prepared to work at all levels of social work practice. A BSW student graduates from our program with a theoretical knowledge base to work with individuals, groups, families, communities and organizations. Students are able to engage and intervene therapeutically or through a more macro level that promotes socially just policies and advocacy to enhance the social functioning of all diverse members of society. 

Program Goals

  • Goal 1: Provide the student with generalist knowledge, skills and core social work values for entry into social work practice in a variety of agencies and human service settings.
  • Goal 2: Provide the student with knowledge and skills to address social welfare needs and issues relevant to complex global societies.
  • Goal 3: Develop leaders prepared to enhance the development of social welfare and the delivery of social services.
  • Goal 4: Enhance social welfare, the provision of social services and the social work profession through service, research and continuing education, including work on advanced degrees. 

Careers

Graduates of the social work program are eligible for membership in the National Association of Social Workers and, with a high enough GPA, for advanced standing in most accredited graduate social work programs. This degree provides career opportunities in a variety of human service settings, including government agencies, mental and/or behavioral health care facilities, hospitals and outpatient health care agencies, schools, drug and alcohol programs, prisons and other legal settings, family service agencies, etc. Social workers provide direct or indirect services on behalf of individuals, families, groups and communities.