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Social Work: Welcome

Social Work Guide

Social Work

Welcome

The purpose of this guide is to provide a concise information portal that has information regarding many of the resources available for the Social Sciences Department.  Here you will find information about our databases and how to search for books, how to distinguish between peer reviewed and popular magazines, find helpful videos and more.

GR Little Library Hours

Spring 2020 Hours

*Special Note: All ECSU Library Locations are temporarily closed due to COVID-19*

*Librarians are still available to assist you remotely*

Monday - Thursday 7:30am - 10:00pm

Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm

Saturday 11:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday 2:00pm - 10:00pm

 

NASW Preamble

Preamble  

The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession's focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.

Social workers promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of clients. “Clients” is used inclusively to refer to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Social workers are sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice. These activities may be in the form of direct practice, community organizing, supervision, consultation, administration, advocacy, social and political action, policy development and implementation, education, and research and evaluation. Social workers seek to enhance the capacity of people to address their own needs. Social workers also seek to promote the responsiveness of organizations, communities, and other social institutions to individuals' needs and social problems.

The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values. These core values, embraced by social workers throughout the profession's history, are the foundation of social work's unique purpose and perspective:

• service

• social justice

• dignity and worth of the person

• importance of human relationships

• integrity

• competence.

This constellation of core values reflects what is unique to the social work profession. Core values, and the principles that flow from them, must be balanced within the context and complexity of the human experience.

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