Social Work Core Competencies

Upon completion of the program, students are expected to have achieved ten core competencies as outlined in the Council on Social Work Education 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards:

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.

  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.

  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.

  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice.

  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

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

  • Respond to contexts that shape practice.

  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.