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Department of Social Work

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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.