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Social Work Profession and CSWE Standards
Social Work Department Mission
The mission of the Social Work Department at Eastern Nazarene College is to prepare graduates for entry level generalist social work practice, and/or to attend graduate school to obtain a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a liberal arts education as a foundation. With Jesus Christ as our example of the transformative servant leader, students will be guided by Christian principles and the congruent social work values and ethics to become true change agents. The overriding emphasis of social work is to promote the social functioning of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, and to promote social and economic justice.
Social Work Department Goals
The Social Work Program at ENC is designed to develop specific social work competencies and Christian values in the social work major. The following goals have been established to this end:
- Contribute to the fulfillment of the educational and mission goals of Eastern Nazarene College.
- Provide opportunities within the social work curriculum for students to integrate their faith and learning experiences.
- Prepare students for informed community participation through responsible citizenship, compassion for the oppressed, and advocacy for social justice.
- Prepare students for employment in beginning social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in a range of geographic areas with socio-cultural diversity by providing the professional foundation required for generalist practice.
- Provide a foundation for practitioners’ professional futures, including preparation for traditional or accelerated graduate study in social work, and emphasizing continuous self-study, learning, and flexibility.
The following Program Outcomes are consistent with those established by the CSWE (EPAS, 2015) for the graduates of baccalaureate social work programs and reflect the purposes of the profession of social work. In preparing students for generalist social work practice, the following outcomes are assessed. Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
- Engage diversity and difference in practice.
- Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
- Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
- Engage in policy practice.
- Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Identify and reflect on the role of spirituality, religion, and/or faith in one’s practice.
The following criteria are required for admission as a Social Work major candidate:
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 at the time of filing the degree candidacy form at the completion of the sophomore year.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all courses required for the baccalaureate degree in Social Work.
- No grade lower than a C- in any course required for the baccalaureate degree in Social Work.
The academic performance of candidates for a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work will continue to be monitored to ensure that the minimum cumulative GPAs required for admission into the Social Work Program are maintained and that the student is able to complete the degree in accordance with the Recency of Credit for Degree Completion Policy. Students may be terminated from the Social Work Program for both academic and nonacademic reasons; the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics will be used as a guideline for consideration of nonacademic termination. Please refer to the social work Student Handbook or to the Social Work Department Web Page for a full explanation for criteria for termination and the related due process procedures.
Recency of Credit for Degree Completion
The time limit for completion of a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree is 6 years from the time of admission into the Social Work Program. Courses taken within a period of 6 years prior to this date of admission may be accepted with proper documentation. The Department of Social Work may consider courses taken more than 6 years prior to this date of admission for acceptance if the student demonstrates an appropriate level of competency. The format for determining a level of competency in a specific area of study is at the discretion of the instructor who is teaching that content area at the time of the request. The student will pay a fee of $250 for each course in which he or she must demonstrate competency.
Transfer Credit and Practicum Policies
- Transfer credit hours for courses offered within the Department of Social Work must have been taken at an undergraduate institution that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or must be deemed to otherwise be appropriate for transfer by the Department of Social Work.
- Social work candidates registered for a practicum experience are to be in good standing with the nonacademic requirements of Eastern Nazarene College, which allow students to be in a position of representing the college either on or off campus.
- No social work course credit, either in whole or in part, shall be granted for life experience, previous work experience, and/or field practicum experience in a non CSWE-accredited program.
The Council of Social Work Education accredits the Social Work Program at the baccalaureate level.
The social work program at ENC is one of 11 baccalaureate programs in Massachusetts that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. This gives the program three distinct advantages:
- First , it means that the program offers a relevant curriculum that complies with national standards for the profession of social work.
- Second, it means that ENC graduates may apply to be professionally licensed in many states.
- Third, it is possible for qualifying students to enter a Masters in Social Work degree program with an advanced standing status, which means that you would be able to complete the graduate degree in one year instead of the customary two years.
A page from About.com that provides a great guide to graduate school application in general:
A social work focused page that contains some very helpful information:
Accredited MSW Programs in Massachusetts:
* Bridgewater State University
* Boston College Graduate School of Social Work
* Boston University School of Social Work
* Boston University School of Social Work – Online Program
* Salem State University School of Social Work
* Simmons College School of Social Work
* Smith College School for Social Work
* Springfield College School of Social Work
* Wheelock College Division of Social Work
* An Introductory Guide To APA Format: Purdue OWL
* National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
NASW Code of Ethics
NASW Massachusetts Chapter
National Association for Black Social Workers
National Association for Puerto Rican/Hispanic Social Workers
Asian & Pacific Islander Social Work Council
* Weaver–Indigenous People and the SW Profession (PDF)
* North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW)
Statement of Faith and Practice
* American Psychological Association (APA)
* Board of Registration of Social Workers
* Associated Grant Makers
The Department of Social Work has a variety of field placements available for students throughout the Quincy and Greater Boston areas. This year, our students are placed in several different sites. Click on any of the links below for the websites of some of our current agencies. For further information on field placement at these or any other sites in the area, please feel free to contact our department faculty.
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Friends of the Children
- Marian Manor
- Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
- Lutheran Social Services of New England
Social Work Studies in the Boston Area
There are a variety of advantages to studying social work in the Boston area. One of these is the rich cultural and academic resource that is Boston itself. The city features an immense public library, and it is also the location of Associated Grant Makers, the only grant writing resource center serving the Massachusetts and New Hampshire areas.
Additionally, Boston is home to over 200 social service agencies that service a wide range of populations. Our students pursue practicum experiences at many of these locations.