According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for social workers is expected to grow twice as fast as other occupations, especially in gerontology, health care, and substance abuse.
Building upon the Elizabethtown College motto, "Educate for Service," the Social Work Department uses relationship-centered learning to provide a strong generalist social work education based upon a liberal arts foundation integrated with extensive field experience, to achieve the established competencies of social work.
To prepare dedicated social workers who have integrated professional knowledge, values, and skills with an understanding of the intersection of cultural identities to promote social change and work for human rights worldwide.
To develop ethical social workers who can engage with multi-level systems to address structural inequalities and life challenges through an integration of the liberal arts and professional knowledge.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Our students can expect these outcomes upon completion of their Social Work degree:
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
From the Department of Social Work
Badiah Haffejee, assistant professor of social work
professional passion lies in transformation of policies, programs and services to better serve refugees.
Badiah Haffejee cites oppression and marginalization as two factors that often make the struggles of refugees invisible. The professor focuses on trauma and the institutional barriers that have held refugee families back from successfully integrating into life in the United States. Haffejee has worked with resettlement and community agencies for refugees and has researched refugee experiences in high schools, public housing and job training environments.
“Much of this stems from my personal experiences as a woman of color born and raised in Apartheid South Africa and experiencing U.S. society as an ‘outsider’ for more than a decade.”
In the Department of Social Work
J.T. Liss '05
An Educator in one of the poorest congressional districts in the country, J.T. LIss spreads a passion for helping others through art.
J.T. Liss applies skills learned in social work at Elizabethtown College to positively impact the public through art and culture. From his recent New York City exhibits on equality and representation to group shows in Barcelona, Spain, Liss spreads passion for helping others and for sharing art across the ocean. As an educator in NYC’s Hunts Point, the poorest congressional district in the country, Liss teaches his students by using social-emotional and strengths-based methods associated with his social work degree. His art work can be found on Instagram @JTLissPhotoArt. “My art is created to challenge commentary of our current social construct and tell stories of history never taught in conventional textbooks. … What I learned in the Social Work department at E-town carried over seamlessly into my art and education careers.”
In the Department of Social Work
Associate Professor of Social Work
Andy Dunlap, who has explored concepts of the LGBTQ experience in various publications, recently published “Coming Out Processes for LGBTQ Youth” in “The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender." In his entry, Dunlap defines ways in which a person can reveal gender expression and sexual orientation to family, friends and peers. Dunlap, who completed his doctorate dissertation, “Changes in the Coming Out Process Over Time,” also is published in “Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services.” “Coming out is an incredibly diverse process. Everyone has their own path.”
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
|COMPETENCY||COMPETENCY BENCHMARK||PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING BENCHMARK|
|Program Option #1 (on campus)||Program Option #2 (identify campus/delivery method)||Program Option #3 (identify campus/delivery method)||Aggregate of All Program Options|
|Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior||90% meeting competency||98%||n/a||n/a||98%|
|Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice||90% meeting competency||100%||n/a||n/a||100%|
|Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice||90% meeting competency||100%||n/a||n/a||100%|
|Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice||90% meeting competency||98%||n/a||n/a||98%|
|Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice||90% meeting competency||100%||n/a||n/a||100%|
|Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities||90% meeting competency||100%||n/a||n/a||100%|
|Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities||90% meeting competency||98%||n/a||n/a||98%|
|Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities||90% meeting competency||98%||n/a||n/a||98%|
|Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities||90% meeting competency||98%||n/a||n/a||98%|
|LAST COMPLETED ON JULY 1, 2016|