Mission Statement

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The Dalton State College Bachelor of Social Work Program offers a social work degree based on the purpose of the social work profession, which is to promote human and community well being. Guided by a person in environmental construct, a global perspective, a respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, social work’s purpose is carried out through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions which limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons.

Grounded in the values and ethical principles of social work, the DSC BSW program seeks to provide the people of the Northwest Georgia region with culturally-competent, well-trained, professional generalist social workers who have special preparation to work with the Appalachian rural population and the immigrant and native Georgian Latino population, the largest at-risk populations of the region.

The DSC Bachelor of Social Work Program is built upon the values of service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, competence, human rights, and scientific inquiry, which are among the core values of social work. These values underpin the explicit and implicit curriculum and frame the profession’s commitment to respect for all people and the quest for social and economic justice.

Program Goals:

The Dalton State BSW program goals are derived from our mission statement and our commitment to preparing social work professionals who will integrate knowledge, values, and skills to address the needs of our community. Our goals are part of a holistic social work curriculum designed to provide BSW students the opportunity to demonstrate the Council on Social Work Education professional competencies.

We prepare social workers to:

  1. Engage in culturally competent, generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations;
  2. Practice in accordance with the principles, values, and ethics of the social work profession;
  3. Intervene effectively with micro, mezzo, and macro systems and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions;
  4. Utilize evidence based, culturally sensitive, empirical research to inform practice;
  5. Understand and analyze current social policies, their impact on client systems, and how to challenge social injustice while advocating for human rights.