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Contact Information

Department of Social Work & Gerontology
Shippensburg University
382 Shippen Hall
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1717

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BSW Program

In accordance with CSWE guidelines and our mission and goals, we have the following core competencies and practice behaviors.

Competency 1: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.

Practice Behavior 1: Advocate for client access to the services of social work

Practice Behavior 2: Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development

Practice Behavior 3: Attend to professional roles and boundaries

Practice Behavior 4: Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication

Practice Behavior 5: Engage in career-long learning

Practice Behavior 6: Use supervision and consultation

Practice Behavior 7: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the profession’s history

Competency 2: Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice. 

Practice Behavior 1: Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice

Practice Behavior 2:  Make ethical decisions by applying 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

Practice Behavior 3:  Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts

Practice Behavior 4:  Apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions

Competency 3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

Practice Behavior1: Distinguish, appraise and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom

Practice Behavior 2: Analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation

Practice Behavior 3: Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues. 

Competency 4: Engage diversity and difference in practice.

Practice Behavior 1: Recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power

Practice Behavior 2: Gain sufficient self-awareness to minimize the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups

Practice Behavior 3: Recognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences

Practice Behavior 4: View themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants

Competency 5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice.

Practice Behavior 1: Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination

Practice Behavior 2: Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice

Practice Behavior 3: Engage in practices that advance social and economic justice

Competency 6: Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

Practice Behavior 1: Use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry

Practice Behavior 2: Use research evidence to inform practice

Competency 7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

Practice Behavior 1:  Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation

Practice Behavior 2:  Critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment

Practice Behavior 3: Demonstrate knowledge about human behavior across the life course.

Practice Behavior 4: Demonstrate knowledge of the range of social systems in which people live and their impact on achieving health and well-being

Competency 8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services

Practice Behavior 1: Analyze formulate and advocate for policies that advance social well-being

Practice Behavior 2: Collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action

Practice Behavior 3: Understand how the policy affects service delivery.

Practice Behavior 4: Demonstrate knowledge of history and current structures of social policies and services.

Competency 9: Respond to contexts that shape practice.

Practice Behavior 1:  Continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services.

Practice Behavior 2:  Provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services.

Competency 10 (a): Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Practice Behavior 1: Substantively and affectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

Practice Behavior 2: Use empathy and other interpersonal skills

Practice Behavior 3: Develop a mutually agreed on focus of work and desired outcomes

Competency 10 (b): Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Practice Behavior 1: Collect, organize, and interpret client data

Practice Behavior 2: Assess client strengths and limitations

Practice Behavior 3: Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives

Practice Behavior 4: Select appropriate intervention strategies

Competency 10 (c): Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Practice Behavior 1: Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals

Practice Behavior 2: Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities

Practice Behavior 3: Help clients resolve problems

Practice Behavior 4: Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients

Practice Behavior 5: Facilitate transitions and endings

Competency 10 (d): Evaluate interventions with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Practice Behavior 1:  Critically analyze, monitor and evaluate interventions