Graduate Social Work
1. The graduate program teaches knowledge, values and skills for students to function as generalist social workers (foundation year of the program), and as advanced practitioners with children, adolescents, adults, and/or family systems (concentration year of the program).
2. The graduate program promotes collaborative processes between social workers and client systems – individuals, groups, families, communities and organizations – in order to relate to all systems in a unique manner.
3. The graduate program teaches students to be culturally-sensitive and to reconcile persons and systems through appropriate social work interventions, including policy analysis and social change strategies.
4. The graduate program develops the students’ critical thinking skills, professional use of self as a social worker and effective oral and written communication skills, appropriate for advanced social work practice; and prepares students for lifelong learning both personally and professionally.
5. The graduate program teaches students research processes and skills; so they can evaluate agency outcomes and practices in an ongoing manner, and develop processes within agencies for feedback within and between agencies and social systems.
6. Arising from the Biblical witness of preferential concern for the poor and oppressed, the graduate program is focused on the concerns of those populations nationally and globally, and fosters an understanding of God’s grace to all persons. Students in the program are taught interventions to protect and to advance the “rights” of the poor and oppressed, thereby demonstrating God’s grace in the world.
7. The graduate program is based on an understanding of the dignity and worth of all persons and on the historic context of social welfare rooted in the Judeo-Christian heritage. From this foundation, the program promotes self-determination as stated in the NASW Code of Ethics.
8. The graduate program prepares advanced social work practitioners for agency or church-based practice with a particular concern for low-income populations.
9. The graduate program encourages students to develop a Christian theological framework that informs their social work identity, knowledge and practice, including an understanding of how historic orthodox Christianity in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition is a dynamic resource for social work practice.
10. The graduate program is a professional community of academic and practice excellence, supportive and sustaining relationships, and vital spiritual growth.