Causes: Human Services
Mission: Cswe is a national association of social work education programs and individuals that ensure and enhance the quality of social work education for a professional practice that promotes individual family, and community well-being, and economic justice (see schedule o)individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the council for higher education accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the country. Cswe pursues this mission in higher education by setting and maintaining national accreditation standards for baccalaureate and master's degree programs in social work, by promoting faculty development, by engaging in international collaborations, and by advocating for social work education and research.
Programs: Accreditation: cswe develops accreditation standards that define competent preparation for social work education programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In accordance with the requirements of cswe's recognition body, the council for higher education accreditation, cswe administers a multistep accreditation process that invloves program self-studies, site visits, and reviews. As of october 2016, there are:- 510 accredited baccalaureate social work programs- 254 accredited master's social work programs- 16 baccalaureate social work programs in candidacy- 12 master's social work programs in candidacy
other programs: cswe houses two institutes, two centers, and other initiatives that strive to strengthen and improve specific areas of social work education through faculty and student training, policy, and data collection. Some examples include:- the katherine a. Kendall institute for international social work education works to prepare educators, researchers, students, and practitioners for an increasingly global community. - the cswe leadership institute is designed to promote future leaders in social work education, higher education, and the social work profession. - the cswe center for diversity and social & economic justice advances individual growth, community well-being, and social justice. - the recovery to practice initiative develops, implements, and evaluates mental health recovery-oriented training materials for social work educators and practitioners.
the minority fellowship program (mfp) provides training and professional development benefits to doctoral and master's social work students, preparing them for leadership and service delivery roles in the behavioral health workforce, focusing on culturally competent services to racial and ethnic minority populations. Mfp accomplishes this by supporting social work graduate students in completing their doctoral or master's degree.