Social Work Accreditation
History of LCSC Bachelor of Social Work
Prior to 1991, the Social Science Division of Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) offered a major in Justice Studies with an emphasis in Social Work. Some of the early courses offered were: Social Case Studies and Interviewing; Social Welfare Policy; Introduction to Group Dynamics; The Family; Methods of Social Work; and Introduction to Social Welfare. Fieldwork for prospective social workers was offered as well. In the fall of 1991, a Social Work major (BSW) was established for the first time in the Social Science Division at the College. In the Fall of 1993 the Bachelor's in Social Work was established for the College's campus in Coeur d'Alene as well.
The LCSC Social Work Program, which offers the only Bachelor's Degree in Social Work in Northern Idaho, achieved candidacy for accreditation in 1992 from the Council on Social Work Education and achieved full accreditation for the program in 1996. Since 1992, the College's Social Work graduates have been eligible for advanced standing in Master's level (MSW) programs because of the CSWE Candidacy Status. Since 1991 the Social Work program has graduated over 300 students and has over 180 declared social work majors on the two campuses.
Our program is advised by a Social Work Advisory Board.
Social Work Mission Statement
The mission of the social work program at Lewis-Clark State College is to prepare students for entry-level generalist practice.
We are committed to the preparation of professional Social Workers instilling the knowledge, skills, values, and cognitive and affective processes to address the needs and potential of individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Relying on a liberal arts foundation and drawing from an ecological, strengths-based perspective, the program prepares students to engage as professional Social Work practitioners who will be able to provide competent services with integrity to promote social justice and human rights recognizing the dignity and worth of the person. Graduates are prepared for practice with diverse populations understanding the person-in-environment influence on identity development and relationships, including a curriculum that highlights a global perspective.
Through courses, internships, and student activities, the program aims to foster in its students a celebration of differences among people and a belief that respecting these differences enriches the quality of life for all. Graduates will practice from a set of ethical principles inherent in the Social Work profession, including the recognition that professional development is a life-long learning process.
Our program is dedicated to the support of non-traditional age, rural, and lower income students. The program is also devoted to providing students the opportunity to engage in meaningful social science research projects (often program evaluation or needs assessments) through our research sequence, which culminates in a public symposium.
(Revised September 2019)