Upon completion of the social work program, students will:
- Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
- Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
- Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
- Engage with diverse client systems and recognize the multiple factors which shape client life experiences.
- Advance human rights and social and economic justice while embracing Christian understandings of justice, humility, and unconditional love.
- Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
- Apply a Reformed Christian worldview to knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
- Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
- Respond to societal trends and service delivery contexts that shape social work practice.
- Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
These student competencies, mandated by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), are adapted to fit Trinity’s niche and unique mission. The program has developed a continuous quality improvement system (CQI) for on-going assessment of competencies. This CQI system uses four different tools to measure student competencies: Field Placement Performance Assessment, Portfolio Assessment, Alumni Program Survey, and Employers of Alumni Survey. For additional information, please contact department chairperson Dr. Mackenzi Huyser at