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Louisiana College Social Work Program
Students may earn a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, which prepares students for entry-level generalist social work practice. The social work program has been accredited since 1993 by the Council on Social Work Education.
Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education allows for graduates to become registered social workers in the State of Louisiana or to apply for advanced standing in graduate schools of social work. 100% of graduates of the Louisiana College Social Work Program who have applied for advanced standing in MSW Programs have been accepted.
The mission of the Louisiana College Social Work Program is to prepare students to function competently and effectively in a rapidly changing world through an academically challenging social work education within a nurturing Christian environment that offers an integration of faith and learning. The program expands the College mission in advancing students toward continued learning in all aspects of life with specialized emphasis on the professional application of generalist social work practice which includes its history and purposes. The Social Work Program prepares social work graduates who are rooted in the liberal arts, the Christian and Baptist perspectives, and the NASW Code of Ethics. Through course work emphasizing the core social work values and ethics, critical thinking, and supervised opportunities, students are encouraged to become facilitators of progressive change within diverse populations. Our immediate region allows for multiple opportunities for service within the homeless, veterans, mentally ill, impoverished and rural communities and includes work with agencies, organizations, groups, families, and individuals both locally and globally through integration of social work knowledge, values, skills and Christian faith.
Social Work Program Goals
- Prepare students through content and practice behaviors emphasized in the social work curriculum for entry level generalist social work practice as competent social workers with client systems of various sizes and types including but not limited to the homeless, veterans, those with mental illness, the impoverished and rural residents.
- Train students who are knowledgeable and understanding of diversity issues at the local, regional, national, and global levels including how each grow, change and function together within the context of the environment.
- Prepare students for programs of graduate study in social work and develop career-long learners that will critically think about the populations they serve and the issues of the time.
- Prepare students to practice ethically in a rapidly changing world and to integrate their faith and learning that is developed through understanding of a Christian worldview.
The mission of Louisiana College forms the foundation from which the Social Work Program builds its identity and curriculum. The social work faculty adopted as part of its mission and foundation for the Social Work Program a quote from Galatians 6:10a which states, ‘Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people…’ (New International Version (NIV) translation, 2011). The Social Work Program has as its motto ‘Empower others through offering H.E.L.P and compassionate caring.’ H.E.L.P. means to offer Hope to Every Living Person.
The Social Work curriculum centers around eleven core competencies with ten of these required by the Council on Social Work Education and the eleventh being unique to Louisiana College. Each of these competencies has correlating practice behaviors that form the focus of this program. Theses competencies and practice behaviors are embedded and evaluated throughout the entire curriculum with final assessment occuring during the senior year capstone course which is field placement. This placement consists of 410 hours of supervised experience in such practice settings as family counseling agencies, drug treatment centers, hospitals, school-based health centers, mental health programs, corrections, and agencies serving the disabled.
Graduates of the social work program hold key positions in both public and private agency settings, providing direct and indirect services. Several graduates have integrated their Christian faith with knowledge and skills of the profession of social work to become missionaries and to work in other church-related areas.
Opportunities in social work are expected to continue to expand, especially in the areas of medical social work and social work with the elderly.