Statement of Core Competencies

The curriculum for the School of Social Work is guided by ten core competency areas, which are defined by the Council on Social Work Education and are reflective of the program mission and goals. Each competency area is operationalized by practice behaviors: specific knowledge, values, and skills needed for generalist practice (BASW) graduates or applied in advanced practice with additional specialized knowledge and skills (MSW). The core competencies for the BASW and MSW Programs are outlined below:

Each graduate of the Social Work Programs is able to…

  1. Identify as a professional social workers and conduct themselves accordingly
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Apply a transcultural perspective and engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage, Assess, Intervene, and evaluate in practice with systems of difference sizes.
    • 10(a) Engagement
    • 10(b)Assessment
    • 10(c) Intervention
    • 10(d) Evaluation

Advanced Year MSW Competencies

At the end of the final year of the MSW Program, students are able to:

  1. Demonstrate capacity to work effectively in the role of a professional social worker within a the context of a field of practice
  2. Apply ethical principles, codes of ethics and professional social work values skillfully in practice and in resolving ethical conflicts
  3. Apply critical thinking skills using logic, scientific inquiry, and reasoned discernment to synthesize information, to practice effectively and to communicate professional judgments.
  4. Consistently demonstrate ability to work effectively with diverse populations and apply the transcultural perspective in the context of a specific field of practice.
  5. Apply multi-systems knowledge and skills to advocate with, and on behalf of, marginalized communities
  6. Conduct social work research relevant to the evaluation of practice or the examination of a social work issue
  7. Integrate knowledge and theory of human behavior and the social environment from diverse perspectives to advanced social work in the context of a specific field of practice.
  8. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of policies and programs in a specific field of practice as well as skills for analyzing and influencing policies and programs.
  9. Apply a multi-systems and transcultural perspective in analyzing and responding to contexts that shape practice in specific social work fields.
    • 10(a) Differentially select and apply effective engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation skills in multi-systems practice with diverse populations.
    • 10(b) Assessment. Consistently gather qualitative and quantitative data from a variety of sources, form coherent meaning from the data, and use the resulting information to make recommendations and to plan interventions that meet standards for social work practice.
    • 10(c) Intervention. Comfortably move among the roles of a social worker and intervene effectively in those roles, including enhancing client strengths, acting as a client advocate, and skillfully handling transitions and terminations.
    • 10(d) Evaluation. Consistently employ reliable and valid methods for monitoring and evaluating practice and/or policy interventions and use the results to improve practice and policy.