Accreditation Standards, for Baccalaureate and Master’s Social Work Programs

“Social workers understand that every person regardless of position in society has fundamental human rights such as freedom, safety, privacy, and adequate standard of living, health care, and education. Social workers understand the global interconnections of oppression and human rights violations, and are knowledgeable about theories of human need and social justice and strategies to promote social and economic justice and human rights. Social workers understand strategies designed to eliminate oppressive barriers to ensure that social goods, rights, and responsibilities are distributed equitably and that civil, political, environmental, economic, social, and cultural human rights are protected. Social workers:      

  • Apply their understanding of social, economic, and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at the individual and system levels; and
  • Engage in practices that advance social, economic, and environmental justice.

SWASC members Mary Buser and Megan Berthold have written an article on solitary confinement for the Council on Social Work Education.

SWASC has compiled a list of educational resources (below) and welcomes the opportunity to work with CSWE’s Human Rights Committee to develop  material for its Manual. For additional resources visit:

  • Viewing Guide for Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison