Wheelock College MSW Program: Advanced Behaviors for Competencies

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

  • Intern thinks critically about ethical decision-making in social work practice with client systems at the micro, mezzo, and/or macro levels
  • Intern incorporates a human rights framework and justice-based perspective to the analysis of complex ethical dilemmas
  • Intern utilizes self-reflection, self-regulation, and/or self-care in work with clients and/or colleagues, and self-care in service of professional growth
  • Intern applies strategies to manage stress, prevent burnout, and promote personal and professional health and wellness

Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

  • Intern demonstrates an understanding of social identity theories and the differential impact of social forces that manifest in inequality, oppression, and privilege
  • Intern shows evidence of self-awareness and/or self-regulation regarding one's social location, worldview, values, and biases within interlocking systems of oppression and privilege
  • Intern addresses the impact of oppression and privilege on clients' lived experiences of their social location
  • Intern engages diversity as an essential and strengths-based characteristic of client systems, institutions, and/or communities

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

  • Intern promotes human rights issues facing client systems at the micro, mezzo, and/or macro levels
  • Intern promotes social, economic, and environmental justice issues facing client systems at the micro, mezzo, and/or macro levels

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

  • Intern accesses research using a human rights framework and justice-based perspective to inform practice, policy, and/or service delivery
  • Intern critically evaluates research using a human rights framework and justice-based perspective to inform practice, policy, and/or service delivery
  • Intern engages in practice-informed research to advance human rights and social justice

Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice

  • Intern implements a human rights framework and justice-based perspective to analyze policies related to client systems on a local, agency, state, and/or federal level on an agency level
  • Intern demonstrates leadership and collaboration in the design, implementation, and/or evaluation of policy practice to effect change within diverse settings

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

  • Intern creates partnerships with client systems on a micro, mezzo, and/or macro level with a strength-based, collaborative stance
  • Intern utilizes differential use of self in relationship-building with client systems
  • Intern utilizes empathy in relationship-building with client systems
  • Intern utilizes cultural humility in relationship-building with client systems
  • Intern engages client systems and partnerships with an emphasis on human rights and social justice

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

  • Intern utilizes evidence-informed assessment methods with client systems at the micro, mezzo, and/or macro levels
  • Intern conducts assessment with an emphasis on human rights and social justice

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

  • Intern implements interventions with client systems on a micro, mezzo, and/or macro level with an emphasis on human rights and social justice
  • Intern utilizes relevant practice models and/or current research on best practices to intervene with client systems

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

  • Intern analyzes, monitors, and/or evaluates interventions and/or program outcomes critically at the micro, mezzo, and/or macro levels
  • Intern evaluates social work practice with an emphasis on human rights and social justice
  • Intern evaluates one's social location and the resulting dynamics in all aspects of social work practice

Competency 10: Apply Knowledge of Human Behavior and Social Environment

  • Intern critically evaluates and applies human behavior in the social environment theories in multiculturally responsible ways to promote human rights and advance social justice.

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