Competency 8

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


Social work practitioners understand that policy affects service delivery, and they actively engage in policy practice. Social workers know the history and current structures of social policies and services; the role of policy in service delivery; and the role of practice in policy development. Social workers


• analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being; and

• collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action.

How I demonstrated my competency learning:

I began to get more involved in conversations with my supervisor and doctors about the new Affordable Health Care Act. I also read some articles to become more familiar with the Act. I did identify a few policies within my agency to help me understand how they were benefiting patients. I participated in a few activities held at West Suburban Medical Center such as A Day with Seniors, Mother and Baby Walk, and small activities help on each floor for different days.

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