Social work is devoted to helping individuals, families, groups and organizations function the best they can in their environments. The phrase "in their environment" points to a unique characteristic of social work, one that sets it apart from other helping professions. Social workers are as concerned with helping clients enhance their social functioning as they are with helping systems meet the needs of clients in an effective and humane manner.
The social work profession has its own body of knowledge, code of ethics, practice standards, credentials, state certification, and accreditation of education programs. Creighton University's Social Work Program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1991.
Accreditation makes it possible for social work graduates to qualify for state certification and/or licensing in states where credentialing is mandated and to enter advanced standing graduate social work programs.