Social Work

Social Work is a self-regulating profession with sanction from public, private and voluntary entities. Through all its roles, functions, and multiple settings, social work is based upon knowledge, skills, and competence and is guided by professional values and ethics. With its central focus on the transactions between people and their environments, social work uses research and theory from social, behavioral, and biological sciences as well as from social work practice itself, developing a unique perspective on the human condition.

The profession of social work is committed to the enhancement of human well-being and to the alleviation of poverty and oppression. The social work profession receives its directive from public and private auspices and is the primary profession in the provision of social services. Within its general scope of concern, professional social work is practiced in a wide variety of settings. It has four related purposes or outcomes:

1.    The promotion, restoration, maintenance, and enhancement of the functioning of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities by helping to accomplish tasks, prevent and alleviate distress, and use resources.

2.    The planning, formulation, and implementation of social policies, services, resources, and programs needed to meet basic human needs and support the development of human capacities.

3.    The pursuit of policies, services, resources, and programs through organizational or administrative advocacy and social or political action, to empower groups at risk and to promote social and economic justice.

4.    The development and testing of professional knowledge and skills related to these purposes.

The Social Work Program at Weber State University has been accredited continuously by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1974.  In October, 2009 CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation voted to reaccredit the baccalaureate degree program at Weber State University for the full eight-year cycle ending in June 2017.

Contact Information:
Dr. Mark Bigler
Weber State University
1211 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-1211
Social Science Bldg, rm 142
(801) 626-6156