Social Work Details

Departmental Statement

The social sciences provide a method of studying humans as social beings. Through history we come to know how we are related to people in the past. At Tabor, this is taught in a Christian context.

ADMISSION TO THE SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM

To be formally accepted into the social work program, the student must:

  1. Complete PY 205 Helping Relationships & SW 200 Introduction to Social Work with a grade of C or better;
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 at time of admission to the program. A student will not be accepted into the program if they have obtained below a “C” in a social work course.
  3. Give evidence of personal competencies (such as assertiveness, integrity, acceptance, and appreciation of human differences) and emotional maturity consistent with the role and responsibilities of the social work professional.
  4. Complete an application for admission to the social work program that includes the following steps:
    1. Document at least 20 hours of voluntary or paid experience involving services to people;
    2. Complete a written self-analysis of aptitude to become a social work professional detailing life circumstances which led them to pursue this career.
    3. Provide three letters of reference from individuals qualified to assess applicant’s aptitude to pursue social work as a profession.
  5. Interview with social work admissions committee to discuss application and readiness to enter the program. This committee is made up of the program director, department chair, and field coordinator. The committee will review each student’s application and makes recommendations to the social work faculty. The full-time social work faculty will assess the application and notification is given to the applicant of decision concerning acceptance.

STANDARDS FOR CONTINUANCE AND GRADUATION

In order to remain in the program and be certified to graduate with a social work degree, students must:
  1. Earn a grade of C- or better in each social work course;
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.25;
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the NASW Code of Ethics and a consistent and growing commitment to ethical practice in accordance with this code;
  4. Obtain a final (SW 428) evaluation from the field instructor and the faculty liaison confirming that the student is adequately prepared to graduate as a professional social worker.
  5. Maintain ongoing evidence of meeting accepted standards of professional conduct, personal competencies, and emotional maturity required for professional practice. Actions inconsistent with the above expectations include:
    1. inappropriate or disruptive behaviors toward colleagues, faculty, or staff members (at the college or in the field practicum placements).
    2. failure to demonstrate effective interpersonal skills necessary for forming professional helping relationships (such as a judgmental attitude toward others or an inability to allow client self-determination).
  6. Demonstrate continued development of professional knowledge, values, skills, ethics, and conduct expected of a generalist social work practitioner as presented throughout the social work program.

A student who cannot meet these standards will be asked to leave the program. If a student is in marked disagreement with this action and wants to have the decision reconsidered they can appeal. The student will be able to appeal for reconsideration of the decision via a special appeals committee made up of two faculty outside of the department as well as two social work students. One of the students will be chosen by the Dean of Academic Affairs and the other by the student requesting the appeal. The request for the appeal must be made in writing within five days of the date on the written notification sent to the student informing them of their dismissal. The request should include the reasons for making the appeal and reasons the student should be allowed to continue in the program.

ACCREDITATION AND LICENSING

The social work profession is regulated in the state of Kansas by the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. To be able to sit for the social work exam, which is required as a part of the licensing process, students must graduate from a social work program that is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education or has demonstrated it meets the state requirements.

Students who graduate from Tabor College with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work are eligible to sit for the exam under the second provision in the law, that is, it has demonstrated to the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board that the social work program it meets the state requirements. Tabor College must provide evidence that it continues to meet the state requirements.

For more information, you may contact Leslie Allen, Credentialing Specialist at the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board at leslie.allen@bsrb.state.ks.us.