About the Social Work Program
The social work program at the
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is committed to providing a quality
education to baccalaureate level social work students who upon
graduation are prepared to engage in entry-level generalist social work
practice with client systems of various sizes and types. Social work
students are prepared to apply the basic problem-solving techniques, as
well as other intervention strategies utilized when working with
individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations.
The program builds its professional
foundation upon the values, knowledge and skills necessary for graduates
to practice with diverse populations, groups, and settings. The program
is committed to preparing students who demonstrate competent practice
skills when working in rural and urban settings. Strategies and
interventions to alleviate poverty, oppression, and discrimination are
constantly sought as mechanisms to promote social and economic justice,
and empowerment. Overall, ongoing and continuous evaluation of the total
program is always at the forefront of the faculty’s agenda.
The social work program’s baccalaureate
curriculum prepares students for generalist social work practice. The
program’s conception of generalist practice was decided collaboratively
among the faculty. During the evaluation of the total program and
curriculum, the social work faculty agreed to utilize Kirst-Ashman and
Hull’s (1999) definition of generalist practice which states,
“generalist social work practice is the application of an eclectic
knowledge base, professional values, and a wide range of skills to
target systems of any size.” Thus, the social work program
conceptualizes generalist practice as a set of entry-level skills
necessary for working with individuals, families, groups, organizations
and communities that prepares baccalaureate social work students for
beginning professional practice upon graduation.
The program is committed to utilizing a problem-solving approach to
effectively address the multiplicity of issues and/or problems that
require multilevel intervention strategies at varied systems levels. The
generalist social worker emphasizes professional relationships that are
characterized by mutuality, collaboration, and respect for clients.
This allows the social worker to use the problem-solving approach
appropriate to the needs of clients and to recognize clients’ strengths.
The generalist practitioner recognizes that intervention can occur on a
practice continuum, which includes work with the individual (micro
practice), work with groups (mezzo practice) or work with organizations
and communities (macro practice).
The Mission of the Social Work Program at the University of Arkansas
at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is to prepare competent baccalaureate level social
work professionals for generalist practice, service, and research
opportunities that effectively address the plight of oppressed, social,
economic, and culturally diverse populations.