ocial Work education in the undergraduate level shall be geared towards the preparation of students for generalist social work practice. Professional education in social work requires the acquisition and application of beginning level of knowledge, attitudes, values and skills in enhancing the social functioning of individuals, families, groups, and communities, linking people [client systems] with needed resources, improving the operation of social service delivery networks, and promoting social justice through organizing and advocacy.
BS Social Work – in an era where social development issues challenges and responses are interconnected globally, the social work profession has become a global profession. Accordingly, the BSSW program in the Philippines integrates internationally bench marked outcomes without ignoring the particularities and priorities of the national situation. These international outcomes are contained in the document Global Standards for the Education and Training of the Social Work Profession” which was adopted in the General Assemblies of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) in Adelaide Australia in 2004 The starling point of the BSSW program is the global definition of Social work that was adopted in July 2014 i.e. Social work is a practice based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of People Principles of social Justice, Human rights Collective responsibility and respect tor diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work social science, humanities and indigenous knowledge social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance well being.
As contained on the “Global Standards for the Education and Training of the Social Work Profession”, the core purposes of social work are as follows:
To facilitate the inclusion of marginalised, socially excluded, dispossessed vulnerable and at-risk groups of people.
Address and challenge barriers, inequalities and injustices that exist in society.
Form short and longer-term working relationships with and mobilised individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities to enhance their well-being and their problem-solving capacities.
Assist and educate people to obtain services and resources in their communities.
Formulate and implement policies and programmes that enhace people's well-being, promote development and human rights, and promote collective social harmony and social stability, insofar as such stability does not violate human rights.
Encourage people to engage in advocacy with regard to pertinent local, national, regional and/or international concerns.
Act with and/or for people to advocate the formulation and targeted implementation of policies that are consistent with the ethical principles of the profession.
Work towards the protection of people who are not in a position to do so themselves, for example children and youth in need of care and persons experiencing mental illness or mental retardation, within the parameters of accepted and ethically sound legislation.
Engage in social and political action to impact social policy and economic development, and to effect change by critiquing and eliminating inequalities.
Enhance stable, harmonious and mutually respectful societies that do not violate person's human rights.
Promote respect for traditions, cultures, ideologies, beliefs and religion amongst different ethic groups and societies, insofar as these do not confilct with the fundamental human rights of people.
Plan, organise, administer and manage programmes and organisations dedicated to any of the purpose.
Social Work Counselor
Researcher in social welfare agencies
Policy/Legislative Advocacy Officer
Social welfare and development officer in local government units
Social agency manager Officer for program/project development and management
Social worker with specific client populations with special needs and in special circumstances (e.g. the elderly, people with disabilities, people with HIV-AIDS, youth in conflict with the law, alcohol, substance abusers, survivors of human rights violations as well as sexual and physical abuse).
International social worker, i.e. professional practice in regional and international settings, e.g., consortia with the UN agencies and other humanitarian endeavors to address migration and refugee issues, international trafficking, ecological issues; defense of people’s rights; immediate and long-term responses to humanitarian crisis situations.
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES AND TEACHER EDUCATION
The Social Work Education envisions the development of competent, effective and steadfast professional Social Workers who are concerned with the enhancement of the social functioning, advancement, growth, empowerment and welfare of people.
The Social Work Education is expected to produce holistic professional social workers who are proficient and effective providers of social services and agents of change, responsive to the needs of the disadvantaged individuals, families and communities, and in the promotion of the societal welfare in general.