Social Work

Program Overview

Social Work focuses on helping people and empowering them to make changes in their lives. Viterbo University offers a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in social work. The social work program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education at the bachelor's degree level since 2000. Viterbo University provides a challenging and dynamic curriculum including thirteen professional classroom courses and 450 hours of supervised field education. State licensure is required to practice social work. Because Viterbo's program is accredited, graduates are eligible to take the licensure exam necessary for entry-level employment in social work.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Viterbo University Social Work Program is to prepare baccalaureate students for entry level generalist social work practice. In an atmosphere of integrity and respect, students will develop professional knowledge, values, and skills for service provision and social change. The program is guided by the Franciscan values of human dignity, social justice, strengths of diverse populations, and respect for disenfranchised members of our global society.

Program Goals

  • Prepare students for beginning generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  • Prepare students for social work practice with diverse populations and cultures.
  • Prepare student in the use of social work research to inform and evaluate practice.
  • Prepare students for development of a professional identity consistent with social work values and ethics.
  • Prepare students to promote social and economic justice for disenfranchised groups through social change advocacy.

Definition of Generalist Social Work Practice

Generalist practice is grounded in the liberal arts and the person-in-environment framework. To promote human and social well-being, generalist practitioners use a range of prevention and intervention methods in their practice with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities based on scientific inquiry and best practices. The generalist practitioner identifies with the social work profession and applies ethical principles and critical thinking in practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Generalist practitioners engage diversity in their practice and advocate for human rights and social and economic justice. They recognize, support, and build on the strengths and resiliency of all human beings. They engage in research-informed practice and are proactive in responding to the impact of context on professional practice. The baccalaureate program in social work prepares students for generalist practice. The descriptions of the nine Social Work Competencies presented in the EPAS identify the knowledge, values, skills, cognitive and affective processes, and behaviors associated with competence at the generalist level of practice. (Education Policy and Accreditation Standards, CSWE 2015)

Assessment Outcomes

All social work programs accredited by The Council on Social Work Education measure and report student learning outcomes.  Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the educational standards of the Council on Social Work Education.  These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional education.  A measurement benchmark is set by the social work program for each competency.  An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.   If you have questions regarding this assessment report, please contact Jennifer Anderson-Meger, Social Work Program Director,

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PDF iconCSWE Assessment Report 2016-2017