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Competency 1 Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

1.1 Make ethical decision 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.
1.2 Demonstrate professional behavior; appearance; and oral, written, and electronic communication
1.3 Use technology ethically and appropriately to facilitate practice outcomes.
1.4 Use supervision and consultation to guide professional judgment and behavior.

Competency 2 Advance Human Rights and Social, Racial, Economic and Environmental Justice

2.1 Advocate for human rights at the individual, family, group, organizational, and community system levels.
2.2 Engage in practices that advance human rights to promote social, racial, economic and environmental justice.

Competency 3: Engage Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ADEI) in Practice

3.1 Demonstrate anti-racist and anti-oppressive social work practice at the individual, family, group, organizational, community, research, and policy levels.
3.2 Demonstrate cultural humility by applying critical reflection, self-awareness, and self-regulation to manage the influence of bias, power, privilege, and values in working with clients and constituencies, acknowledging them as experts of their own lived experiences.

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

4.1 Apply research findings to inform and improve practice, policy, and programs.
4.2 Identify ethical, culturally informed, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive strategies that address inherent biases for use in quantitative and qualitative research methods to advance the purposes of social work.

Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice

5.1 Use social justice, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive lenses to assess how social welfare policies affect the delivery of and access to social services.
5.3 Apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.

Competency 6: Engage with Individual, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

6.1 Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage with clients and constituencies.
6.2 Use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage in culturally responsive practice with clients and constituencies.

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

7.1 Apply theories of human behavior and person-in-environment, as well as other culturally responsive and interprofessional conceptual frameworks, when assessing clients and constituencies. 
7.2 Demonstrate respect for client self-determination during the assessment process by collaborating with clients and constituencies in developing a mutually agreed-upon plan.

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

8.1 Engage with clients and constituencies to critically choose and implement culturally responsive evidence-informed interventions to achieve client and constituency goals.
8.2 Incorporate culturally responsive methods to negotiate, mediate, and advocate with and on behalf of clients and constituencies.

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

9.1 Select and use culturally responsive methods for evaluation of outcomes.
9.2  Critically analyze outcomes and apply evaluation findings to improve practice effectiveness with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.


1. To provide social work students with the theoretical constructs, knowledge, and applicable skills required for competent generalist social work practice.
2. To prepare social work students to advocate and be culturally sensitive to the needs of the vulnerable and disenfranchised population in both rural and urban regions.
3. To promote social and economic justice and empowerment necessary to alleviate poverty, oppression, and discrimination.
4. To prepare competent entry-level professional social workers with a commitment to social work values and service.