CSWE 2015 Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
- Make ethical decisions in clinical social work practice situations by applying the standards of the NASW Code of Ethics, relevant laws and regulations, models for ethical decision-making, and additional codes of ethics as appropriate to context.
- Use reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values, biases, relational reactions and maintain professional boundaries in clinical practice situations.
- Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior; appearance; and oral, written and electronic communications.
- Employ strategies of ethical reasoning to address the use of technology in clinical practice and its effect on client rights.
- Utilize supervision and consultation to enhance and improve clinical social work practice.
CSWE 2015 Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
- Research and apply knowledge of diversity and difference to enhance client well-being at the micro, mezzo and macro levels.
- Identify and utilize clients and constituencies as experts in their own treatment.
- Utilize self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in the therapeutic treatment of diverse clients and constituencies.
- Provide effective clinical social work services to diverse clients and constituencies.
CSWE 2015 Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
- Use knowledge of social, economic and environmental justice to guide treatment planning and therapeutic interventions with clients.
- Advocate at micro, mezzo and/or macro levels for mental health issues.
CSWE 2015 Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
- Use research and evidence based practice to inform and improve clinical assessment and intervention with clients.
- Participate in the generation of new qualitative and quantitative clinical knowledge, through research and evidence based practice.
CSWE 2015 Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice
- Communicate to administrators and legislators the implication of policies and policy change in the lives of children, families, and diverse clients and constituencies.
- Advocate to influence policies that impact clients' access to clinical mental health services, especially children and families.
CSWE 2015 Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Use empathy, reflection and interpersonal skills to develop an effective therapeutic relationship with diverse clients and constituencies.
- Attend to dynamics of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks that both strengthen and potentially threaten the therapeutic relationship.
- Establish a relationally based process that encourages clients to be equal participants in the establishment of treatment goals and expected outcomes.
CSWE 2015 Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Collect and organize data and apply critical thinking to assess client's readiness for change and guide clinical practice.
- Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the analysis of assessment data from clients and constituencies.
- Collect and organize data and apply critical thinking to assess client strengths, vulnerabilities and coping strategies to reinforce and improve adaptation to life situations, circumstances, and events.
- Select and modify appropriate intervention strategies based on continuous clinical assessment, research knowledge, and values and preferences of clients and constituencies.
CSWE 2015 Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Critically evaluate, select, and apply evidence based practice in therapeutic interventions with children and families.
- Demonstrate the use of appropriate evidence based clinical interventions for a range of presenting concerns identified in the assessment, including crisis intervention strategies as needed.
- Use inter-professional collaboration to coordinate treatment interventions with children and families.
- Facilitate effective therapeutic transitions and endings in clinical social work practice.
CSWE 2015 Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate clinical intervention and program processes and outcomes.
- Apply evaluation findings of clinical program processes and outcomes to improve and enhance clinical social work interventions.
- Evaluate research informed and evidence based clinical interventions for a range of bio-psycho-social-spiritual conditions.