BSW Program Goals and Practice Behaviors

BSW Goals/Core Competencies and Practice Behaviors

Competency 1: Professional Identity

Student identifies as a professional social worker and conducts oneself accordingly.

PB 1.1: Student demonstrates a commitment to continue to enhance professional skills and knowledge to work effectively with client systems of all sizes.

PB 1.2: Student demonstrates professional demeanor that reflects awareness of and respect for client systems.

PB 1.3: Student practices self-reflection and self-correction as tools for enhancing their professional competence.

PB 1.4: Student adheres to professional roles and responsibilities.

PB 1.5: Student understands and applies supervision and consultation as a part of the learning process.

PB 1.6:  Student advocates for client access to the services of social work.

Competency 2: Values and Ethics

Student applies social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.

PB 2.1: Student aspires to acquire and practice within the standards of social work licenses and/or credentials.

PB 2.2: Student is aware of personal values and manages it in a way that allows professional values to guide practice.

PB 2.3: Student makes ethical decisions and resolves ethical conflicts in practice by critically applying the NASW Code of Ethics and, as applicable, standards of the IFSW.

Competency 3: Critical Thinking

Student applies critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

PB 3.1: Student assesses and integrates multiple sources of information, including research-based knowledge, in professional practice.

PB 3.2: Student develops an ability to critically analyze and apply models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation.

PB 3.3: Student demonstrates effective oral and written communication, and builds productive relationships with client systems using established professional standards and practices.

Competency 4: Diversity

Student engages diversity and difference in practice.

PB 4.1: Student demonstrates self-awareness and reflection skills focusing on eliminating the influence of personal bias in working with differences.

PB 4.2: Student recognizes cultural practices, beliefs and values as factors that may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or, conversely enhance privilege and power.

PB 4.3: Student demonstrates professional competence that reflects awareness of and respect for diversity as a value that shapes practice with diverse populations.

PB 4.4: Student recognizes clients as experts of their own life experiences, and collaborates with them to effectively implement culturally appropriate practices. 

Competency 5: Human Rights and Social/Economic Justice

Student advances human rights and social and economic justice.

PB 5.1: Student describes the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination.

PB 5.2: Student acquires theoretical knowledge of socio-economic justice to promote human rights of marginalized populations including indigenous people.

PB 5.3: Student incorporates practices which advance social and economic justice in organizations, institutions and society.

Competency 6: Research/EBP

Student engages in research-informed practice and practice informed research. 

PB 6.1: Student locates, evaluates and critically analyzes current research literature in their areas of interest.

PB 6.2: Student critically understands beginning level of policy analysis, evidence-based and research-informed practices in systems of all sizes.

Competency 7: Human Behavior and the Social Environment

Student applies knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

PB 7.1: Student is knowledgeable about the social and cultural systems in which people live and the ways in which those systems facilitate or hinder them in maintaining or achieving well-being.

PB 7.2: Student applies the social work generalist model to understand and critically analyze the client system and their interactions with socio-economic environment.

Competency 8: Policy

Student engages in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.

PB 8.1: Student demonstrates understanding of the policy context of practice.

PB 8.2: Student collaborates with stakeholders to effect appropriate policy action from analysis to advocacy.

Competency 9: Contexts

Student responds to contexts that shape practice.

PB 9.1: Students demonstrates skills to access current information about changing socio-economic and political contexts, innovations and changing trends to provide relevant services.

PB 9.2: Students practice beginning level leadership skills to promote sustainable change to improve quality of service delivery.

Competency 10: Generalist Social Work Practice

Student engages, assesses, intervenes, and evaluates with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.


PB 10.1 Student substantively and effectively prepares for engagement with systems of all sizes.

PB 10.2:  Student uses empathy and other interpersonal skills.

PB 10.3:  Student involves clients in goal-setting, focus of work, and desired outcomes.


PB10.4:  Student collects, organizes, and interprets client data.

PB 10.5:  Student assesses client strengths and limitations.

PB 10.6:  Student develops intervention goals.

PB 10.7:  Student selects appropriate intervention strategies. 


PB 10.8:  Student initiates action to achieve system goals and resolution of problems.

PB 10.9:  Student implements prevention strategies that enhance client capacities.

PB 10.10:  Student applies needed social work roles to the intervention process.

PB 10.11:  Student facilitates transitions and endings with attention to follow-up.


PB 10.12:  Student critically analyzes, monitors, and evaluates interventions.