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School of Social Work

Social Work

Mission & Goals

School of Social Work Mission

The mission of the UNR School of Social Work is to prepare effective, ethical social work leaders and practitioners who-with a deep and abiding respect for cultural diversity and human strengths-challenge injustice and promote a more humane world through the development and delivery of evidenced-informed practices, policies, and programs. Our mission is achieved through education, research, and public service endeavors that reflect the unique mixture of urban, rural, and frontier characteristics of Nevada in the context of a globalized society.

BSW Program Mission

The mission of the BSW Program is to educate competent generalist social workers who challenge injustice and who are able to effectively and compassionately intervene at all system levels with diverse client groups.

The goals guiding the BSW Program are to prepare entry-level social work practitioners who:

  1. Challenge social and economic injustice and promote social well-being and human rights
  2. Integrate social work values and ethics into all professional endeavors;
  3. Critically utilize research to inform assessments, prevention strategies and interventions;
  4. Critically apply knowledge of cultural, organizational, community, spiritual, social, psychological, and biological functioning as well as strengths, resiliency and systems of oppression to understand and assess client systems;
  5. Conduct themselves as professionals, able to communicate effectively, reflect upon practice, and engage in continuous learning; and,
  6. Effectively apply the planned changed process in interventions with diverse client systems (individuals, couples, families, groups, communities, organizations, policy-making bodies and society).

MSW Program Mission

The mission of the MSW program is to prepare ethical, competent advanced generalist social work leaders who are able to practice reflectively and autonomously in complex environments across system levels with diverse client groups.

The Advanced Generalist Practice (AGP) specialization prepares graduates to address questions, issues and problems across methods, systems, and fields of practice.  As defined at the UNR School of Social Work, AGP is characterized by 1) leadership in innovative problem-solving and change; 2) autonomous practice, and 3) use of integrated, evidence-informed knowledge, values, and skills to address ambiguous, complex problems in an increasingly diverse and ever changing practice environment.

The goals guiding the MSW program are to prepare advanced generalist practitioners who:

  1. Identify as professionals, committed to social work's ethical principles, continuous learning and service that meets the needs of vulnerable and diverse populations;
  2. Demonstrate leadership across system levels through the ability to frame issues in ways that communicate their larger significance and a vision for change, and engage with others in ways that motivate and empower;
  3. Integrate the strengths and person-in-environment perspectives with an array of theoretical models and intervention approaches to uniquely frame and address complex issues across diverse client systems;
  4. Use research to inform practice decisions as well as produce and analyze data to identify client needs, emerging trends and evaluate interventions;
  5. Are able to autonomously navigate diverse, ambiguous and changing local, regional, and global contexts in developing and delivering interventions, policies, and programs that promote health and well-being of individuals, families, groups and society; and
  6. Promote social and economic justice through the provision of equitable and interculturally effective programs, policies and services.