Generalist Practice

NMSU’s School of Social Work offers two degrees, both accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.

The BSW and MSW Programs use a generalist practice model. Generalist social work practice involves several key components. It is grounded in the values of the social work profession and is sensitive to issues of diversity and human rights. Generalist practice relies on evidence-informed practice models aimed at improving the well- being of human beings and is responsive to contextual factors impacting people at various system levels.

The School of Social Work at New Mexico State University is grounded in competency-based education. The competencies are outlined in CSWE EP 2.1-2.1.10 and are listed below:

EP 2.1.1—Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
EP 2.1.2—Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
EP 2.1.3—Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
EP 2.1.4—Engage diversity and difference in practice.
EP 2.1.5—Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
EP 2.1.6—Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
EP 2.1.7—Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
EP 2.1.8—Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
EP 2.1.9—Respond to contexts that shape practice.
EP 2.1.10(a)–(d)—Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

By the time of graduation, the students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the Core Competencies as operationalized by the School of Social Work.