CORE COMPETENCY #1

Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly

PRACTICE BEHAVIORS …
1.1 Advocate for client access to the services of social work.

Example
Utilize

I will:

appropriate techniques of advocacy and social action to resolve problems in access to social work services.

1.2 Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development. Example

I will:

Identify areas of strength as well as areas that require improvement.  ecognize impact of personal biases and value system on interactions with

clients.
!eek and act on corrective feedback from supervisor. "odify behaviors that may hinder therapeutic relationships with clients. #stablish effective working relationships with clients and colleagues. Act promptly to resolve identified problems professionally.

1.3 Attend to professional roles and boundaries.
Example: I will: Utilize professional relationship with clients for the

sole purpose of enhancing the well-being of the client.
Practice and remain within the limits of competence. Adhere to professional responsibilities compatible

with the role of social work in my field setting.

1.4 $emonstrate professional demeanor in behavior% appearance% and communication.

Example:
I will: &e on time for appointments with clients and colleagues. 'omply with scheduled practicum hours. 'omplete assigned tasks within designated time frame. (reat clients and colleagues with dignity and respect. $ress appropriately for agency standards.  efrain from use of derogatory language in written and oral

communication.
'ollaborate effectively as a team member and display an attitude of

willingness to assist colleagues.

1.5 #ngage in career-long learning.
Example:
I will: )illing to take risks and leave personal comfort zone to engage in new

e*periences.
!eek out practice wisdom from colleagues. !eek out new learning e*periences to build practice skills. Participate in in-service opportunities at agency. Attend professional trainings and workshops in areas of interest.  ead +ournal articles relevant to field setting. ,ormulate both short and long-term career goals and steps required to

achieve goals.

1. Use supervision and consultation.
Example:
I will: !eek supervision or consultation when uncertain. #ngage in trusting relationship- with supervisor. #ffectively use feedback to improve practice skills

and increase self-awareness.
Identify specific clients% issues% situations that create

personal discomfort and may be avoided in supervision.

CORE COMPETENCY #2
Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.

PRACTICE BEHAVIORS …
2.1 ecognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice.
Example:
I will: $istinguish and keep personal from professional self.  efrain from imposing personal values on clients.  ecognize ethical dilemmas involving conflict

between personal and professional values and address these in supervision

Example: I will:

2.2 "ake ethical decisions by applying standards of the -ational Association of !ocial )orkers 'ode of #thics and% as applicable% of the International ,ederation of !ocial )orkers.International Association of !chools of !ocial )ork #thics in !ocial )ork% !tatement of Principles.

 efer to various ethical codes when faced with

ethical dilemmas.

2.3 (olerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts.

Example: I will:  ecognize ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts and

dilemmas.
Acknowledge negative emotions associated with difficult

ethical decisions.
!eek consultation and support from colleagues and value

differing opinions regarding ethical dilemmas.
Identify areas of conflict among laws% -A!) 'ode and

agency policies.

2.4 Apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions.
Example: I will: #valuate impact of ethical decision making and

transfer learning to new practice situations.
Articulate thought process used to arrive at

decisions.
Acknowledge faulty reasoning.

CORE COMPETENCY #3
Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional +udgments

PRACTICE BEHAVIORS …
3.1 Distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom.
Example:
I will:

'onduct review of literature to identify

interventions supported by empirical evidence.
Utilize measures that have been validated with

specific client group of interest.

3.2 Analyze models of assessment% prevention% intervention% and evaluation.

Example:
I will/ Use an analytical approach for effective decision making. Identify and apply theories relevant to specific setting and

problems.
'onsider micro% mezzo% and macro points on interventions. $emonstrate the ability to think strategically and apply effective

strategies to achieve micro% mezzo% and macro ob+ectives.

3.3 $emonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals% families% groups% organizations% communities and colleagues.

Example:
I will: Actively listen to voices of people speaking from diverse

perspectives and use language that is respectful of diversity.
!eek clarity when defining problems% issues% beliefs% values

or standards.
)rite accurate% comprehensive client assessments. )rite clear% concise recommendations. Appropriately ad+ust choice of words when communicating

with different groups 0i.e. clients% colleagues% peers1.

CORE COMPETENCY #4
#ngage diversity and difference in practice

PRACTICE BEHAVIORS …
4.1 ecognize the e*tent to which a culture2s structures and values may oppress% marginalize% alienate% or create or enhance privilege and power.
Example:
 I will:  learn about the cultures of others in my community and I will do

this by reading% observing and listening.

4.2 3ain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups.

Example:
I will:
 -ot allow my personal biases to interfere with the individuals

quality of care.
 #ven if I do not agree with their lifestyle% I am there not to +udge but

offer my assistance

4.3 ecognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life e*periences.

Example:
I will:
 )hen initiating reports the clients background information is

essential% this can sometimes help determine why they behave they way they do and also help decide which way to precede with the individual.
 $ifferent cultures look at things differently. 4ike what is considered

a family% what role religion plays in their lives% etc 5

4.4 6iew themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants.

Example:
I will:
 $uring staff meetings I can share what I have learned with my

coworkers.
 3ain knowledge of different programs in my agency and share that

knowledge to assist individuals in the community.

CORE COMPETENCY #5
Advance human rights and social and economic +ustice

PRACTICE BEHAVIORS …
5.1 Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination Example:
I will:
 &ecome familiar with the different types of oppression and

discrimination that affects the population that I am working with.

5.2 Advocate for human rights and social and economic +ustice

Example:
I will:
 &ecome familiar with ways to decrease discrimination and

oppression among the population that I am working with.

5.3 #ngage in practices that advance social and economic +ustice

Example:
I will:
 Advocate for what is best for the patient and family in terms of

social and economic +ustice.

CORE COMPETENCY #
#ngage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research

PRACTICE BEHAVIORS …
.1 Use practice e*perience to inform scientific inquiry
Example:
 I will:
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!eek out best practices for types of clients served at practicum site. !eek information for treatment related questions in professional literature.

.2 Use esearch evidence to inform practice
Example:
I will:
 Integrate findings from multiple studies for particular

problem.diagnoses to develop most effective intervention strategy.

CORE COMPETENCY #!
Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment

PRACTICE BEHAVIORS …
!.1 Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment% intervention% and evaluation Example:
 I will:

Apply concepts and knowledge of human growth and development to assess and monitor psychosocial needs of client or group.

!.2 'ritique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment

Example:
I will:
 #valuate the relevance of multiple theories of human behavior in

understanding a particular client or group.

CORE COMPETENCY #"
#ngage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to delivery effective social work services

PRACTICE BEHAVIORS …
".1 Analyze% formulate% and advocate for policies and advance social well-being. Example:
 I will:

$emonstrate knowledge of federal% state and local policies that impact the client system and the agency.

".2 'ollaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action

Example:
 I will:
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Identify when advocacy for policy change is needed. Identify potential strategies to promote policy change.

CORE COMPETENCY ##
espond to conte*ts that shape practice

PRACTICE BEHAVIORS …
#.1 'ontinuously discover% appraise% and attend to changing locales% populations% scientific% and technological developments% and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services. Example:
I will:
 Analyze changes in social problems that impact agency7s target

population 0i.e. how current mezzo and macro issues impact client systems and how current macro issues impact agency systems.1
 8elp clients understand the impact of changes in state and federal

policies

#.2 Provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in-service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services.

Example:
I will:
 Act as a change agent to promote optimal functioning in all types of

social systems 0i.e. organizations% programs% and communities1.
 Advocate for promoting social +ustice and positive social change.

CORE COMPETENCY #1$
#ngage% assess% intervene% and evaluate with individuals% families% groups% organizations% and communities

PRACTICE BEHAVIORS …
1$.1 !ubstantively and affectively prepare for action with individuals% families% groups% organizations% and communities Example:
I will:
 Accuratley identify presenting issues and.or need of the client

system.
 Accurately collect and interpret client system information.  Accurately identify client strengths and challenges.

1$.2 Use empathy and other interpersonal skills.
Example:
 I will:
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(reat ALL clients with dignity and respect and listen attentively to them. -ot be +udgmental and engage in appropriate use of self disclosure and humor.

1$.3 $evelop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes

Example:
 I will:
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$evelop mutually agreed-on goals and ob+ectives for client. Identify multiple appropriate intervention strategies to assist client in meeting goals. !elect most appropriate intervention strategy to assist client in meeting goals.

1$.4 'ollect% organize% and interpret client data.
Example:
 I will:

Implement intervention strategies based on comprehensive assessment and goal plan with individuals% families% groups% organizations and community.

1$.5 Assess client strengths and limitations
Example:
 I will:

1$. $evelop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and ob+ectives

Example:
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1$.! !elect appropriate intervention strategies
Example:
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1$." Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals
Example:
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1$.# Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities

Example:
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1$.1$ 8elp clients resolve problems.
Example:
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1$.11 -egotiate% mediate% and advocate for clients.
Example:
 I will:

1$.12 ,acilitate transitions and endings
Example:
 I will:

1$.13 Social workers critically analyze, monitor, and
evaluate interventions

Example:
 I will:

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