Social Work
The BSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and is dedicated to preparing social work students for further education and employment. Because of the program’s multidisciplinary approach, Anna Maria College Social Work graduates go on to a variety of careers in public and private social work agencies. The Social Work program prepares baccalaureate-level students for generalist practice and utilizes a holistic approach and person-in-environment (the family, community, organizations, and broad social systems) framework that simultaneously focuses on strategies and guidelines for ethical practice, advocacy skills, and respect for human dignity.

The program’s primary objective is the preparation of students for employment at the baccalaureate-level as professional social worker in generalists practice and graduate study at the advanced standing level in a MSW program.

The program has a strong field placement component, with students completing a 100-hour internship during their junior year and a 425-hour field placement during their senior year. The integration of these knowledge elements, values, and skills are the foundation for competent and effective professional social work practice. BSW students at Anna Maria have an opportunity to complete a Master’s in Social Work with 30 plus credits

Educational Objectives / Learning Outcomes

Nine Required Social Work Competencies
The nine Social Work Competencies are listed below. Programs may add competencies that are consistent with their mission and goals and respond to their context. Each competency describes the knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive and affective processes that comprise the competency at the generalist level of practice.

Competency 1 – Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
Competency 2 – Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
Competency 3 – Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
Competency 4 – Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
Competency 5 – Engage in Policy Practice
Competency 6 – Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 7 – Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 8 – Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 9 – Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 10- Develop self-knowledge and spirituality to enhance own sense of meaning-making and to assist clients to develop meaning-making mechanisms as appropriate
  • articulate one’s personal and professional strengths and needs
  • identify a plan for lifelong growth and learning
  • identify one’s spiritual orientation and the ways in which this impacts practice and may serve as a personal and professional resource

See MSW Advanced Standing
See Social Work Licensure

Consistent with the Council on Social Work Education’s Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards, the Baccalaureate Social Work Program does not grant course credit or exemptions for previous life or employment experience.