Welcome to the Department of Social Work
The Social Work Department 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 knowledge, cognitive/affective process, 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, environmental 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. During the evaluation of the total program and curriculum, the social work faculty collaboratively agreed to use the Council on Social Work Education (2015) definition of generalist practice. The definition of generalist practice states: “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” (CSWE 2015 Education Policies & Accreditation Standards).
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.