The Ten Social Work CompetenciesUse this tool to explore the competencieswithin the social work profession. See howthe University of Southern Maine field workexperience can help you achieve thesecompetencies.
Identify as a Engage, Professional Application Assess, Social Worker of Ethical Intervene Principles and Evaluate Contextsthat Shape Using Critical Practice Thinking Skills Social Work CompetenciesPublic Policy Engage Diversity in Practice and Difference Commitment Knowledge to Social and of Economic HBSE Research Justice
Competency 2.1.1: Identify as a professional social workerIdentify as a and conduct oneself accordingly.Professional Social Develop self-confidence and capacity for Worker independent and interdependent functioning as a professional social worker Professional Social Workers: • Practice personal reflection and self-correction • Understand boundaries • Utilize supervision time efficiently • Function as active listeners • Demonstrate •Professional demeanor (dress, behavior, etc.) •Time managements skills Return to Map
Competency 2.1.2: Apply social work ethical principles toApplication guide professional practice of Ethical Reflect on, identify the impact of, and manage personal values, feelings, Principles and behavior in a way that allows professional values to guide practice Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice by applying strategies of ethnical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions Social Workers: • Recognize their own personal values in a way that is consistent with professional practice • Make ethical decisions by applying standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. Return to Map
Competency 2.1.3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgmentsUsing CriticalThinking Skills Demonstrate the ability to distinguish between facts, impressions, opinions, and feelings in their work with clients and collateral systems Apply critical thinking skills in the context of practice Analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation.Demonstrate effective oral and writtencommunication in working with:a) Individualsb) Familiesc) Groupsd) Organizationse) Communitiesf) Colleagues Return to Map
Competency 2.1.4: Engage diversity and difference in practiceEngage Diversity View and treat all people with dignity and respect and Difference Understand the importance of difference in shaping life experiencesDemonstrate self- Recognize ways in awareness of which cultural personal biases structures and normsand/or values, and may oppress, how they inform marginalize, alienate,culturally sensitive create, or enhance practice privilege and power. Return to Map
Competency 2.1.5: Advance human rights and social andCommitment economic justiceto Social and Appreciate and understand forms and mechanisms of oppression and Economic discrimination and work to advance social justice Justice Identify gaps in services and resources with an understanding of the Advocate connection between resource disparities and the forces of oppression. Empower Return to Map
Competency 2.1.6: Engage in research informed practice and practice informed research Research Make Peer reviewed journals observations and pose questions for further investigativeCorrelational research Base practice Use practice interventions on experience to accepted research inform scientific findings inquiry Qualitative vs. Quantitative Experimental Literature reviews Evaluate the Use research effectiveness of evidence to practice inform practice interventions Return to Map
Competency 2.1.7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social Knowledge environment of Apply theories, such as strengths perspective and systems model, within HBSE the context of generalist social work practice in the field Apply knowledge of human behavior in assessments, interventions, and evaluations.Apply critical thinking skills toexamine theoretical constructs Theories Demonstrate understanding of theories of human behavior Return to Map
Competency 2.1.8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services Public Policy in Practice Continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing needs/problems within communities and propose solutions for organizational or policy changeAnalyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well being Collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action Return to Map
Competency 2.1.9: Respond to contexts that shape practice Contexts that Develop awareness of the various social and Shape economic forces and trends that influence the Practice delivery and accessibility of social services Understand how organizations and institutions may impede service user needCollaborate in promoting sustainablechanges in service deliveryAssist users of services by developingstrategies of intervention that canpromote improvement of accessPractice to improve the quality ofsocial services Return to Map
Competency 2.1.10: Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate with Engage, individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities Assess, Intervene A. ENGAGE and Evaluate Connect with client systems using empathy, active listening and other interpersonal skills Develop mutually agreed upon goals and B. ASSESS desired outcomes with client systemsCollect, organize, and interpret client data to C. INTERVENEassess client strengths and limitations in order Help clients resolve problems by implementingto select appropriate intervention strategies preventive interventions that enhance client capacities - facilitate transitions and endings Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients while working to support Agency’s missions, goals, and objectives D. EVALUATE Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions Return to Map
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