The mission of the School of Social Work (SSW) at Texas State University is to educate competent, ethical social workers who are prepared to serve as leaders for change in a dynamic, diverse society. The School transcends boundaries by using pedagogical technologies and applied strategies that make learning more accessible, both locally and globally. The School guides students to create and refine culturally competent, consumer-oriented intervention strategies that enhance personal and organizational well-being and build a more just society, particularly for vulnerable and often-forgotten people of all ages who are usually served by public monies.
Our School Approach: Transcending Boundaries in a Rapidly Changing World
(How we package our curriculum to prepare students to become leaders for change in a variety of settings operating in a dynamic social environment)
The School aims to meet these goals for all students:
1. COMPREHENSIVENESS: The School will graduate baccalaureate social workers who can function competently using the generalist framework with systems of all sizes.
2. REASONING AND VALUING: The School will graduate social work practitioners who employ critical thinking and lucid self-assessment; understanding of professional history; ethical, value-based sensibilities; and scientific and creative processes to engage in competent, value-based social work with diverse clients and client groups in various settings.
3. DIMENSIONS OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: The School will graduate social work practitioners who comprehend, based on a broad array of liberal arts concepts and research knowledge, the needs of people (particularly the most vulnerable members of society), who grasp the ways those needs affect people’s behaviors, and who can plan and implement effective practice methodologies to foster productive behaviors and ways of thinking.
4. DIVERSITY AND JUSTICE: The School will produce graduates who appreciate and respect the amazing diversity of the human family, who grasp how that diversity is reflected in the families and organizations that people create, who embrace diversity as a strength, who value social justice, and who ethically lead the struggle to foster a compassionate, productive, non-discriminatory society.
5. ACQUIRING AND REFINING SKILLS: The School will graduate practitioners who employ theoretically-sound, evidence-based interventions and communication techniques, who use supervision efficiently to improve their practices, who are prepared to evaluate and refine their methodologies, who are knowledgeable consumers and producers of research, and who are life-long professional learners.
6. PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP: The School will produce leaders and competent organizational citizens who, because they understand the historical and contemporary contexts of social work, can develop innovative, humane, consumer-oriented policies and systems, can advocate for marginalized populations, and can build bridges between public entities, private concerns, and various disciplines to improve the well-being and productivity of people, particularly the most neglected members of society.