Social work is a dynamic, noble and altruistic profession with a rich history of commitment to the needs of others, especially the most vulnerable in our society. To achieve this, social work has a dual focus: To assist the individual to function as effectively as possible in their environment and to work to create conditions in society that foster healthy growth and development, personal freedom and human dignity. This unique dual focus allows social workers to become involved in activities and service provision that protect, promote, or restore the well-being of all people. As such, social workers are employed in areas such as education, health care, mental health, counseling, services to the aging, substance abuse services, corrections and criminal justice, child welfare services, services for the mentally and physically disabled, rehabilitation, veteran services, government, politics and social policy, community development and other similar areas.
What can I do with a social work degree from the University of Pikeville?
The social work program at the University of Pikeville educates students in the generalist practice approach, with emphasis on social work practice in rural Appalachia. All social work majors are provided the opportunity to “practice” social work in the field in an approved agency under the direction of professional social works and program faculty. Graduates of the social work program are equipped with the knowledge, values and skills necessary to be competent entry-level social work professionals, as well as being prepared for graduate study in social work and other human service fields.
Social Work at the University of Pikeville?
The social work program is a part of the Division of Social Sciences. The mission of the program is to expand the University’s mission by being committed to providing Eastern Kentucky and other rural Appalachian regions with entry-level professional social workers educated in the tradition of generalist social work, and who are knowledgeable, ethical and competent.
The mission of the program of social work at the University of Pikeville is to expand the university’s mission by being committed to providing Eastern Kentucky and other rural Appalachian regions with entry-level professional social workers educated in the tradition of generalist social work, and who are knowledgeable, ethical and competent.
Faculty of the University of Pikeville social work program will engage in activities that promote competent social work practice, professional development and leadership activities (i.e. continuing education workshop attendance, attending professional conferences, membership in professional organizations and acceptance of leadership roles in professional organizations, on local human service boards and university and faculty committees).