Our program’s purpose and mission are inextricably related to the purpose and mission of the University, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Meridian Campus. The mission statements of the University, College of Arts and Sciences, Meridian Campus Social Work Program, and the purpose of the Social Work profession reflect a strong commitment to students, community and service to society.
With the liberal arts as their foundation, the mission of the Social Work Program Mississippi State University-Meridian is to prepare BSW graduates to engage in entry–level generalist social work practice to competently and effectively work with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations within a multicultural society and to continue their formal education in social work or graduate discipline.
It is the vision of the Program that students will diligently work toward the achievement of civil rights for all populations, including the impoverished, underserved, undereducated, disenfranchised, and biopsychosocially vulnerable. The Program further expects students to become trustworthy, dedicated leaders in social service delivery through professional expertise, evidence informed practices, and systematic advocacy.
The Social Work program goals derived from the mission statement are:
- Engage in research-informed entry-level generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations within a diverse and multicultural society. (EPAS 2.1.1, EPAS 2.1.3, EPAS 2.1.6, EPAS 2.1.8, EPAS 2.1.10).
- Practice according to the principles, values, and ethics that guide the social work profession. (EPAS 2.1.2, EPAS 2.1.3).
- Influence social policies with the goal of alleviating poverty, oppression, and social injustice as well as advocating for human rights (EPAS 2.1.3, EPAS 2.1.4, EPAS 2.1.5, EPAS 2.1.6, and EPAS 2.1.8).
- Identify and affect the bio-psycho-social, spiritual, and cultural functioning of people (EPAS 2.1.7, EPAS 2.1.9).
- Provide communities with professional social work services in a manner that reflects a commitment to the historic mission of social work and empower communities to address issues of social and economic injustice. (EPAS 2.1.3, EPAS 2.1.4, EPAS 2.1.5, EPAS 2.1.6, and EPAS 2.1.8).
CSWE Core Competencies
- Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly (EPAS 2.1.1).
- Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice (EPAS 2.1.2).
- Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments (EPAS 2.1.3).
- Engage diversity and difference in practice (EPAS 2.1.4).
- Advance human rights and social and economic justice (EPAS 2.1.5).
- Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research (EPAS 2.1.6).,
- Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment (EPAS 2.1.7).
- Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic justice to deliver effective social work services (EPAS 2.1.8).
- Respond to contexts that shape practice (EPAS 2.1.9).
- Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities (EPAS 2.1.10).
Adapted with permission of the Council on Social Work Education