Department of Social Work

MSW Program Competencies and Practice Behaviors

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Competency 1

Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
1a Take independent initiative in advocating for clients.
1b Engage in self-reflection, self-monitoring, and self-correction in practice with particular attention to diverse populations.
1c Assume appropriate professional roles and maintain appropriate boundaries in practice with particular attention to diverse groups.
1d Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication in complex practice situations.
1e Engage in career-long learning and participate in activities which contribute to the advancement of the social work profession.
1f Demonstrate the capacity to provide effective supervision.
Competency 2

Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
2a Identify ethical dilemmas in complex practice situations and apply the NASW Code of Ethics in resolving them.
2b Use critical thinking skills to address complex ethical situations.
Competency 3

Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
3a Autonomously distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, --including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom.
3b Autonomously apply models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation.
3c In complex micro and macro practice situations, communicate in an articulate, clear and concise manner.
Competency 4

Engage diversity and difference in practice.
4a Engage in an ongoing examination of the role of oppression in one’s life, culture and community and challenge the structures that perpetuate oppression.
4b Critically examine personal beliefs and have the ability to consider multiple perspectives reflecting a broaden world view.
4c Seek out situations beyond one’s comfort zone in an attempt to broaden cultural understanding.
4d Engage in ongoing cultural competence development.
Competency 5

Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
5a Confront oppression and discrimination as it relates to a particular issue.
5b Actively participate in efforts to promote social and economic justice.
Competency 6

Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
6a Engage in research activities that inform social work practice.
6b Systematically collect, analyze, and report information that informs relevant practice decisions.
Competency 7

Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
7a Utilize multiple conceptual frameworks to assess, intervene, and evaluate complex situations.
7b Evaluate and apply research knowledge to understand complex person-in-environment issues.
Competency 8

Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social services.
8a Analyze, formulate and advocate for social welfare policies that advance social and economic well-being with particular attention to how they impact American Indians and their communities.
8b Engage in policy practice as an advanced generalist social worker.
Competency 9

Respond to contexts that shape practice.
9a Continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, and emerging societal and global trends to provide relevant services, particularly in relationship to American Indians--especially American Indians living in rural communities.
9b Apply scientific and technological knowledge to effectively serve clients.
9c "Provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services, particularly in relationship to American Indians--especially American Indians living in rural communities."
Competency 10-1

Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

(Engagement)
10-1a Substantively and affectively engage with client systems to autonomously address complex practice situations.
10-1b Demonstrate empathy and other interpersonal skills in complex practice situations.
10-1c Autonomously develop a mutually agreed upon focus of work and desired outcomes in complex practice situations.
Competency 10-2

Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

(Assessment)
10-2a Demonstrate the ability to autonomously collect, organize, and interpret client data in complex practice situations.
10-2b Autonomously assess strengths and limitations of client systems.
10-2c Autonomously develop mutually agreed on intervention goals and objectives in complex practice situations.
10-2d Autonomously select culturally appropriate intervention strategies.
Competency 10-3

Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

(Intervention)
10-3a Autonomously initiate actions to achieve organizational goals and promote change.
10-3b Autonomously implement prevention interventions that promote sustainable change.
10-3c Help clients resolve complex problems with a focus on culturally competent practice.
10-3d Autonomously initiate actions to negotiate, mediate, and advocate with clients in micro and macro practice.
10-3e Autonomously facilitate transitions and endings in complex practice situations.
Competency 10-4

Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

(Evaluation)
10-4a Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions and disseminate information to promote effective social work practice.
 

 

 


 

 

 


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1207 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812

1 (888) 534-9734
(218) 726-7245

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