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- 1. 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.
2. Identify as aEngage,ProfessionalApplicationAssess, Social Workerof Ethical Intervene Principlesand Evaluate Contextsthat ShapeUsing Critical Practice Thinking Skills Social WorkCompetenciesPublic PolicyEngage Diversity in Practiceand Difference CommitmentKnowledgeto Social andof Economic HBSEResearchJustice 3. Competency 2.1.1: Identify as a professional social workerIdentify as a and conduct oneself accordingly.Professional Social Develop self-confidence and capacity forWorkerindependent and interdependent functioningas 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 toMap 4. 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 practiceApply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice byapplying strategies of ethnical reasoning to arrive at principleddecisions 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.Returnto Map 5. Competency 2.1.3: Apply critical thinking to inform andcommunicate professional judgmentsUsing CriticalThinking Skills Demonstrate the ability to distinguish between facts, impressions,opinions, and feelings in their work with clients and collateral systemsApply critical thinking skills in the context of practiceAnalyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, andevaluation.Demonstrate effective oral and writtencommunication in working with:a) Individualsb) Familiesc) Groupsd) Organizationse) Communitiesf) ColleaguesReturnto Map 6. 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 biasesstructures and normsand/or values, and may oppress, how they informmarginalize, alienate,culturally sensitivecreate, or enhance practiceprivilege and power.Returnto Map 7. Competency 2.1.5: Advance human rights and social andCommitmenteconomic justiceto Social and Appreciate and understand forms and mechanisms of oppression andEconomicdiscrimination and work to advance social justice JusticeIdentify gaps in services and resourceswith an understanding of the Advocate connection between resource disparities and the forcesof oppression. EmpowerReturnto Map 8. Competency 2.1.6: Engage in research informed practice and practice informed research ResearchMakePeer reviewed journalsobservations and pose questions for furtherinvestigativeCorrelational researchBase practiceUse practiceinterventions on experience to accepted researchinform scientific findings inquiry Qualitative vs. Quantitative Experimental Literature reviews Evaluate theUse research effectiveness of evidence to practice inform practiceinterventions Return toMap 9. Competency 2.1.7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the socialKnowledge environment of Apply theories, such as strengths perspective and systems model, withinHBSEthe 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 constructsTheories Demonstrate understanding of theories of human behavior Return toMap 10. Competency 2.1.8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work servicesPublic 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 beingCollaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action Return toMap 11. Competency 2.1.9: Respond to contexts that shape practiceContexts thatDevelop awareness of the various social and Shape economic forces and trends that influence thePractice 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 toMap 12. Competency 2.1.10: Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate withEngage,individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communitiesAssess, InterveneA. ENGAGEand EvaluateConnect with client systems using empathy, active listening and otherinterpersonal skillsDevelop mutually agreed upon goals and B. ASSESSdesired 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 Agencys missions, goals, and objectivesD. EVALUATECritically analyze, monitor,and evaluate interventions Return toMap