Competency 1

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

Social workers serve as representatives of the profession, its mission, and its core values. They know the profession’s history. Social workers commit themselves to the profession’s enhancement and to their own professional conduct and growth. Social workers

• advocate for client access to the services of social work;

• practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development;

• attend to professional roles and boundaries;

• demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication;

• engage in career-long learning; and

• use supervision and consultation


How I demonstrated my competency learning:

This competency was simple and straightforward throughout the semester. What helped me the most to accomplish this competency was the use of my daily journals. I was able to reflect on my days, what I had done right and what I could have improved on, and I was able to identify some of my own strengths and weaknesses. To help me grow professionally during my internship placement I was able to learn how to communicate with other professionals and family members who were involved in my patients life. I collaborated with many individuals including family members of the patients, and later discussed with my supervisor how I handled my cases. Self-analyzing helped me know how far I was willing to go in order to help my patients meet their needs.

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