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Competency Based

Competency Based Learning


Through my completion of course work, exams, field hours, presentations and discussions, I can say that I am a professional, ethical, and competent social worker.

Rebecca Deardorff, '18


Students develop competence in engaging, assessing, intervening, and evaluating individuals, families, and communities in need. The Department stresses the importance of engaging diversity in practice and contributing to the advancement of human rights and social and economic justice. Each academic course is designed to support students in developing and demonstrating competence in the ten areas listed below. Social work faculty carefully evaluate each student's competence with the purpose of graduating ethical, professional, and competent social workers.

By the time students graduate, they will have gained competence in ten areas:

1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior.
2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice.
3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice.  
4. Engage in Practice-Informed and Research-Informed Practice.
5. Engage in Policy Practice.
6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
10. Apply Christian Faith Development Principles to Inform and Guide Competent, Professional, and Ethical Practice.

Social Work Values & Ethics Social Work

The National Association of Social Work (NASW) is a professional organization that guides and informs social work practice as well as our curriculum. 

The NASW has established the following 6 core values of social work: service, social justice, the importance of human relationships, the dignity and worth of the person, integrity and competency. Click to read the complete NASW Code of Ethics or to print a copy.

In addition, the International Federation of Social Work (IFSW) sets out two principles to guide social work practice internationally: human rights & human dignity and social justice. Click to read the complete IFSW’s Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles or to print a copy.