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Core Competencies. Presented by: Whitney D. Brown. Comp. #1: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly. Gen. 1.1 Advocate for client access to the services of social work.

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Core competencies

Core Competencies

Presented by: Whitney D. Brown










  • Gen. 2.1 Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice.

    • I use my personal values such as honesty and integrity as a way to conduct myself when I work. Also since I recognize that my values may be different from others I will not push them onto my clients.


  • Gen. 2.2 Make ethical decisions by applying the standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles.

    • If I am ever faced with a dilemma that I may think is potentially unethical I will refer back to the NASW Code of Ethics and I will also refer back to the Operational Guidelines for the Eckerd staff.


  • Gen. 2.3 Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts. the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles.

    • If I’m working with a client who is using drugs and knows he must stay clean or will be sent off to a group home if his drug test does not return clean, although he keeps telling me he wants to change and do better, but doesn’t show it with his actions. I will continue to work with and encourage this client and not terminate services.






  • Gen. 3.3: Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues.

    • When speaking with clients I speak more slowly and clearly as a way to ensure that they are hearing me and understanding me. I noticed some of the intervention counselors ask if they understand them. Also sometimes when we are completing assessments they read them to the client before they sign as a way to ensure that they understand what was written.


Comp 4 engage diversity and difference in practice
Comp. #4: Engage diversity and difference in practice. communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues.


  • Gen. 4.1: Recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power.

    • I will recognize and understand that when working with clients of various populations, they may have different cultural beliefs and values. I will take the initiative to educate myself and become culturally competent.



  • Gen. 4.3: Recognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences.

    • I will try to understand all knowledge that I obtain from clients about their culture, and I will also express to them my understanding of the significance of their culture in their life.









  • Gen. 6.2: Use research evidence to inform practice. inquiry.

    • Research the latest practices and studies done for children and apply them with my client population. Specifically for the clients I work with, I could research studies about ADHD, bi polar, and anger management.



  • Gen. 7.1: Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation.

    • Use theories such as the Social Systems theory, attachment theory, Erikson’s developmental stages, and etc. to help assess and understand a particular client population.



Comp. #8: Engage in Policy Practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.



  • Gen. 8.2: Collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action.

    • Attend Family-Team meetings and ISP meeting with Clients, family, Court Counselors, and etc. to ensure that the client is receiving the proper services and the most effective policies for their particular case.



  • Gen 9.1: Continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services.

    • Research and attend NASW meeting to stay informed and current and changing policies and trends. To be able to provide the best services to the clients.


  • Gen. 9.2: Provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve quality of social services.

    • Encourage staff and advocate for clients to receive the best possible services. Introduce new effective curriculums and encourage staff to grow and change with time.


Comp. #10: Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.











  • Gen.10.10: Help clients resolve problems. client capacitates.

    • Help clients think through their actions, looking at the pros and cons of their decisions to decide how they would like to resolve their problems.



  • Gen. 10.12: Facilitate transitions and ending. client capacitates.

    • When someone new will begin working with a client or my time is ended with the client, introduce the change to the client and allow time for a smooth transition, without and abrupt ending.



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