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 advocates for client access to the services of social work.

PB 1.2: Student practices personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development.

PB 1.3: Student attends to professional roles and boundaries.

PB 1.4:  Student demonstrates professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication.

PB 1.5: Student engages in career-long learning.

PB 1.6:  Student uses supervision and consultation.

Competency 2: Values and Ethics:  Student applies social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.

PB 2.1: Student recognizes and manages personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice.

PB 2.2: Student makes 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.

PB 2.3: Student tolerates ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts.

PB 2.4:  Student applies strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions.

Competency 3: Critical Thinking:  Student applies critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

PB 3.1: Student distinguishes, appraises, and integrates multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom.

PB 3.2: Student analyzes models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation.

PB 3.3: Student demonstrates effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues.

Competency 4: Diversity:  Student engages diversity and difference in practice.

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

PB 4.2: Student gains sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups.

PB 4.3: Student recognizes and communicates their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences.

PB 4.4: Student views themselves as learners and engages those with whom they work as informants. 

Competency 5: Human Rights and Social/Economic Justice:  Student advances human rights and social and economic justice.

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

PB 5.2: Student advocates for human rights and social and economic justice.   

PB 5.3: Student engages in practices that advance social and economic justice.

Competency 6: Research/EBP:  Student engages in research-informed practice and practice informed research. 

PB 6.1: Student uses practice experience to inform scientific inquiry. .

PB 6.2: Student uses research evidence to inform practice.

Competency 7: Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Student applies knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

PB 7.1: Student utilizes conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation.

PB 7.2: Student critiques and applies knowledge to understand person and 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 analyzes, formulates, and advocates for policies that advance social well-being.

PB 8.2: Student collaborates with colleagues and clients for effective policy action.

Competency 9: Contexts:  Student responds to contexts that shape practice.

PB 9.1: Student continuously discovers, appraises, and attends to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services.

PB 9.2: Students provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services.

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.