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Competencies & Practice Dimensions

9 Competencies and 31 Practice Dimensions

Competency 1 - Demonstrate  Ethical and Professional Behavior

Students will:

  • make ethical decisions by applying the standards of the NASW Code of Ethics, relevant laws and regulations, models for ethical decision-making, ethical conduct of research, and additional codes of ethics as appropriate to context;
  • use reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain professionalism in practice situations;
  • demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior; appearance; and oral, written, and electronic communication;
  • use technology ethically and appropriately to facilitate practice outcomes; and
  • use supervision and consultation to guide professional judgment and behavior.

Competency 2 - Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

Students will:

  • apply and communicate understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels;
  • present themselves as learners and engage clients and constituencies as experts of their own experiences; and
  • apply self-awareness and self regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies.

Competency 3 - Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

Students will:

  • apply their understanding of social, economic, and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at the individual and system levels; and
  • engage in practices that advance social, economic, and environmental justice.

Competency 4 - Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

Students will:

  • use practice experience and theory to inform scientific inquiry and research;
  • apply critical thinking to engage in analysis of quantitative and qualitative research methods and research findings; and
  • use and translate research evidence to inform and improve practice, policy, and service delivery.

Competency 5 - Engage in Policy Practice

Students will:

  • identify social policy at the local, state, and federal level that impacts well-being, service delivery, and access to social services;
  • assess how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and access to social services;
  • apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.

Competency 6 - Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Students will:

  • apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage with clients and constituencies; and
  • use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage diverse clients and constituencies.

Competency 7 - Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Students will:

  • collect and organize data, and apply critical thinking to interpret information from clients and constituencies;
  • apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the analysis of assessment data from clients and constituencies;
  • develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives based on the critical assessment of strengths, needs, and challenges within clients and constituencies; and
  • select appropriate intervention strategies based on the assessment, research knowledge, and values and preferences of clients and constituencies.

Competency 8 - Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Students will:

  • critically choose and implement interventions to achieve practice goals and enhance capacities of clients and constituencies;
  • apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in interventions with clients and constituencies;
  • use inter-professional collaboration as appropriate to achieve beneficial practice outcomes;
  • negotiate, mediate, and advocate with and on behalf of diverse clients and constituencies; and
  • facilitate effective transitions and endings that advance mutually agreed-on goals.

Competency 9 - Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Students will:

  • select and use appropriate methods for evaluation of outcomes;
  • apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the evaluation of outcomes;
  • critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate intervention and program processes and outcomes; and
  • apply evaluation findings to improve practice effectiveness at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.

WSU Social Work Department Mission

The Social Work Department at Wright State University is dedicated to preparing ethical, competent, creative and critically thinking generalist practitioners who pursue their work from a social justice perspective. The program strives to prepare students who are self-aware life-long learners, who deliver culturally competent interventions, and who are optimistic about their abilities to promote well-being through all levels of social interaction.

WSU Social Work Goals

  1. Prepare students to be professional, ethical, and competent generalist social workers as measured by Competencies and Practice Dimensions.
  2. Prepare students to practice without discrimination and be advocates for social justice as measured by Competencies and Practice Dimensions.
  3. Prepare students with a generalist knowledge, skills and values foundation as measured by Competencies and Practice Dimensions.

Definition of Generalist Social Work Practice

"Generalist social workers work directly with client systems at all levels, connect clients to available resources, intervene with organizations to enhance the responsiveness of resource systems, advocate just social policies to ensure the equitable distribution of resources, and research all aspects of social work practice.

Generalist Social Work Practice:

  • Utilizes generic practice processes to organize work with client systems
  • Recognizes the potential for change at multiple system levels-within human systems, and among environmental systems
  • Views human behavior in the context of the social environment
  • Integrates direct practice with social policy and social work research activities"

Taken from Dubois, B., & Miley, K. (2013). Social work: An empowering profession. 8th ed. Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, p. 7.

Mission of the Greater Miami Valley Joint MASW Program

The mission of the Greater Miami Valley Joint MASW is to prepare students to become advanced generalist professionals. Graduates will be lifelong learners and leaders, contribute to the profession of social work through advanced generalist practice which emphasizes effective practice and policy skill development to promote diversity and cultural competency, social and economic justice, reduce oppression, and improve the broader human condition.

Definition of Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice

The core component of the MASW program is the concept of advanced generalist professional. We define advanced generalist professional as a person who uses critical thinking skills and differential application of advanced social work knowledge, theories, skills, values and ethics in the assessment of and intervention with micro, mezzo, and macro level systems.

 

The advanced generalist MSW professional:

 

  • Is prepared to meet the needs of all clients
  • Focuses on culturally competent, ethical practice that ranges from case management and clinical practice with individuals, families and groups through organizational administration and change, policy development, and community practice.
  • Is prepared to assume leadership in both direct and indirect practice settings.
  • Is committed to improving the lives of clients and the social work profession.
  • Is committed to social and economic justice.
  • Is committed to the implementation of evidence based practices.
  • Is committed to understanding and applying multi-modal strategies based on a holistic assessment of the client situation as defined mutually by client and action systems.
  • Applies a global perspective in understanding the context of oppression, promotion of social work values, and the promotion of universal human rights.

Primary MASW Program Goals

Prepare graduates to contribute to the profession of social work.

Prepare graduates to promote diversity and cultural competence.

Prepare graduates to promote social and economic justice.

Prepare graduates to reduce oppression at the local, state, national, and global levels.

Prepare graduates to improve the broader human condition.