2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
    Apr 15, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work, B.S.W.


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Social Work is a professional degree program designed to prepare students to utilize social work knowledge, values, and skills for generalist social work practice. The program’s goals include professional practice competencies and standards set forth by the Council for Social Work Education.

Bachelor of Social Work Program Goals

  1. Prepare students for generalist professional practice and/or graduate studies in social work.
  2. Prepare students to understand the values and ethics of the social work profession and how to integrate the values and ethics into practice.
  3. Prepare students who strive for social and economic justice, defend human rights, and serve diverse populations.
  4. Prepare students to use critical thinking and scientific inquiry to guide professional practice.
  5. Prepare students to understand the role of social policy in advancing justice and the delivery of effective social work services.
  6. Prepare students to develop and understand professional growth, competency, and integrity.
  7. Prepare students to function effectively within agencies and social services delivery systems by using field education for practice, supervision, and consultation.
  8. Provide students an educational heritage founded in the unifying values of the university’s Catholic identity, the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and the mission of social work.
  9. Prepare students to integrate the liberal arts perspective and respect science, faith, and philosophical and moral reasoning as they pursue knowledge and lifelong learning.
  10. Respond proactively to the impact of political and economic trends, technological and biomedical advances, and issues of environmental sustainability on the future of the society.

Bachelor of Social Work Program Values

  • Service
  • Social Justice
  • Dignity and worth of the person
  • Importance of human relationships
  • Integrity
  • Competence

Admission Policy

Students entering Fontbonne University as freshmen may select social work as their major area of study with their initial enrollment application. Students will be assigned a faculty advisor in the social work program. Students who enter undecided and/or change their major to social work should make an appointment with the director of the social work program to insure completion of necessary requirements for admission and assignment of a faculty advisor. All students interested in social work must complete the application for admission to the social work program. The following guidelines apply.

Requirements for Consideration for Admission to the Social Work Program

  1. Student submits:
    1. Application for admission to social work program.
    2. Personal statement: Typewritten, in 12-point font, and two to three pages in length. Your statement should answer the following questions:
      1. Why I am choosing social work?
      2. What experiences have led me to select social work?
      3. Social work values are listed below. Describe what these values mean to you. (Values: social justice, service, dignity and worth of the person, importance of relationship, integrity, and competence.)
    3. Transcripts of all university work on file with the registrar’s office.
  2. Student must have completed:
    1. A minimum of 24 credits with an average GPA of 2.5 or better.
    2. SWK 100  or SWK 110  with an average of 3.0 or better.
    3. Reading the National Association of Social Work Code of Ethics and commit to following the ethical standards in academic work and professional practice.
    4. An interview with a social work faculty member.
    5. Major application form submitted to the university’s registrar office.
    6. Enrollment as a student in good standing at Fontbonne University.
    7. Student may submit an application after completing a minimum of 24 credit hours with an average 2.5 GPA including SWK 100  or SWK 110 . (A 3.0 must be maintained in all social work courses.)
    8. Complete all assessments administered by the social work department
    9. Student may be asked to meet with the director of the social work program during the time the application is being reviewed.

Security Checks and Drug Screening

Social service agencies require security background checks, drug screenings, criminal record checks, and social service abuse and neglect screenings as a condition of field placement and employment. Students who fail a security screening or give false or misleading information will be discharged from the social work program.

Application Review Process

All applications are reviewed by full time faculty in the social work program. The Program Director will contact students if their application is denied.

Denied Applications

If the decision is to deny admission, the letter will detail the reasons for denial and request the student to make an appointment with the director to review reasons for the denial. Students may submit a letter of appeal to the director. Students should meet with their advisor to review the appeals process. Students may also reapply for admission after a plan of action is developed between the advisor and student to correct concerns identified in the denial. The application must indicate the conditions of the denial have been corrected.

Students who choose not to utilize the appeals process or develop a plan of action will work with their advisor to determine other options. A maximum of one readmission attempt after the initial denial application will be accepted.

Transfer Education Policy

Transfer requirements for consideration for admission to the social work program:

  1. After completing SWK 100  or SWK 110  student submits:
    1. Application for admission to social work program.
    2. Personal Statement: Typewritten, in 12-point font, and two to three pages in length. Your statement should answer the following questions:
      1. Why I am choosing social work?
      2. What experiences have led me to select social work?
      3. Social work values are listed below. Describe what these values mean to you.
        (Values: social justice, service, dignity and worth of the person, importance of relationship, integrity, and competence.)
    3. Transcripts of all university work on file with the registrar’s office.
  2. Student must have completed:
    1. A minimum of 24 credits with an average GPA of 2.5 or better, or block agreement.
    2. SWK 100  or SWK 110 , with a 3.0 or better.
    3. Reading the National Association of Social Work Code of Ethics and commit to following the ethical standards in academic work and professional practice.
    4. An interview with a social work faculty member.
    5. Complete all assessments administered by the social work department.
    6. Major application form submitted to the university’s registrar office.

Applicants may be asked to meet with director of the social work program.

NOTE: Transfer students must complete all Fontbonne degree requirements and the residency requirement of a minimum of 30 credit hours. All courses taken during the semester of degree completion/graduation must be completed at Fontbonne University. Social Work courses completed at C.S.W.E. accredited programs will be applied to equivalent social work courses. Students may not repeat social work courses for additional credits.

Transfer Credit

Transfer of social work course credits from other institutions

Coursework from schools of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education will be accepted as transfer credit according to the following criteria:

  1. Completed social work coursework with 3.0 or better;
  2. Transfer credits may not reduce the residency requirement minimum of 30 credits hours;
  3. Students submit a course outline, syllabus, or description of the transfer course.

Select Four Professional Practice Courses.


Jefferson College Social Work Transfer 2+2 Agreement


Students transferring from Jefferson College contact the Director of the Social Work Program at Jefferson College, Susie Welch MSW, for information about 2+2 accelerated transfer requirements.

Learning Outcomes


The purpose of the social work profession is to promote human and community well-being. Guided by a person-in-environment framework, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, the purpose of social work is actualized through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons, locally and globally. (www.cswe.org Retrieved 09/29/2020).  

  

Competency-based education rests upon a shared view of the nature of competence in professional practice. Social work competence is the ability to integrate and apply social work knowledge, values, and skills to practice situations in a purposeful, intentional, and professional manner to promote human and community well-being. According to the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), EPAS recognizes a holistic view of competence; that is, knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive and affective processes that include the social worker’s critical thinking, affective reactions, and exercise of judgment concerning unique practice situations inform the demonstration of competence. Overall, professional competence is multi-dimensional and composed of interrelated competencies.   

   

Below are the nine (9) Social Work Competencies that make up the Social Work Program Learning Objectives, from CSWE.  

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior   

Competency 2: Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice  

Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice  

Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice  

Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice  

Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities  

Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities  

Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities  

Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

General Education Requirements


The 41 credit hours of general education requirements are presented in the General Education  section in this catalog. A course that meets a general education requirement may also meet a course requirement for the major or a course requirement in another discipline.

The following specific general education course must be chosen to meet the requirements for the social work major:

Courses Required in the Major


The major consists of 56 credit hours of required courses consisting of 10 foundation courses, five field education courses, and four professional practice courses. A minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale is required in social work courses for acceptance into the major, to remain in the program, and for graduation.

Field Education Courses


(foundation courses must be completed before beginning field education)

Professional Practice Courses


Social work majors must select any four courses from any one or more of the following categories of courses.

All courses are 3.0 credit. (12 credits)

Non-Social Work Majors


Non-social work majors must follow social work ethical standards, program policy, and practices while participating in social work courses. Some courses require director approval. The director’s signature on the university’s registration will indicate approval.

* Non-social work majors may enroll in social work courses excluding:

Legal Title Protection


The state of Missouri prohibits the use of the title “social worker” by any person other than an individual who has been professionally educated in an accredited social work program (HB332, 2003). Further state legislation in 2004 allowed the licensing of bachelor-level social workers. A student who is a social work major and who successfully completes the academic and professional requirements may use the title social worker and apply for state licensure. Enrollment in social work courses by non-social work majors does not grant the use of the title social worker or professional privilege to practice social work.

Degree Program Agreements


Fontbonne University has the following academic program agreements available for Social Work students.

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