The BASW program prepares graduates for generalist practice through the use of both innovative and hands-on classroom study and practical field experience. Field experience, which is critical to education, is provided in social agencies throughout the area to provide seniors with the “hands-on” application of knowledge necessary to develop entry-level skills.
The Mission Statement of the BASW program:
Grounded in the liberal arts and the ethics and values of the social work profession, the mission of Salisbury University's BASW program is to inspire and educate competent and culturally responsive social work professionals to be prepared for beginning level generalist practice in local, regional, national and global areas.
Generalist Practice is defined as "the application of an eclectic knowledge base, professional values and ethics, and a wide range of skills to target systems of any size for change" (Kirst-Ashman, 2015, p. 7).
Goal I: Prepare students for generalist social work practice, while applying theories of human behavior and the social environment.
Goal II: Aid students in adopting a generalist social work practice identity grounded in social work values and ethics.
Goal III: Encourage students to respect diversity and difference in generalist practice.
Goal IV: Assist Students to engage in policy and community practice from a generalist perspective.
Goal V: Aid students in understanding research informed practice and practice informed research.
Goal VI: Enhance an understanding of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.