What is Social Work?
The purpose of social work, a profession dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities, is to promote and enhance human and community well-being. This involves (1) the quest for social and economic justice, (2) the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, (3) the elimination of poverty, and (4) the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons, locally and globally.
Our mission is "to educate, train, and empower a new generation of professional social work practitioners and researchers, who are prepared to empower and to meet the human needs of people in Qatar, the region, the Arab World and global community, and enhance their quality of life and well-being, with specific attention to those who are poor, vulnerable, and oppressed. It also prepares graduates for leadership in the community and to contribute to the knowledge base for the profession".
1.To develop an advanced social work graduate program in Qatar and the Arab World to meet complex contemporary challenges
2.To develop human resources suitable for the changing demography of Qatar and the Arab World
3.To produce a new cohort of community leaders and advocates to respond to the emerging socio-economic challenges in Qatar and the Arab World;
4.To provide social work and research skills to promote and advance the well-being of individuals and families, especially those from disadvantaged communities;
5.To ensure healthy and safe communities by responding to their needs through social work as a profession and the development of new effective social programs.
Social Work Program Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical, professional, and regulatory frameworks underpinning the field of social work, including their origins, development, and applications.
2. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of key social work questions, issues, and emerging trends at a global scale, with particular attention to the regional and local context.
3. Apply critical thinking to engage in the analysis of quantitative and qualitative research methods and findings within and related to the field of social work.
4. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in collecting, organizing, and analyzing assessment data from clients and constituencies.
5. Apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice at the individual and system levels.
6. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage and create interventions with clients and constituencies in order to achieve practice goals and enhance client/group capacities in alignment with social work principles.
7. Assess how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and access to social services.
8. Engage diversity and difference in practice, demonstrating self-awareness to mitigate the influence of personal biases and values and modeling cultural humility and awareness whilst working with diverse clients and constituencies.
9. Use and translate research evidence to communicate, evaluate, inform, and improve social work practice, policy, and service delivery.
10. Demonstrate professional behavior and ethical decision-making by applying the NASW Code of Ethics standards, models for ethical decision-making, ethical conduct of research, and other relevant codes of practice as appropriate to the context.
PLOs for the Social Work program are aligned to the NASW Code of Ethics/ [mention other certifying/regulatory bodies]