Department of Social Work
The field practicum provides an educational experience leading to the achievement of 9 competencies necessary for effective social work practice.
Below is a list of each competency followed by the behaviors that demonstrate that competency. For each behavior, sample activities are provided.
The student and agency field instructor work together to identify and select which activities are relevant and appropriate in that agency setting. In
some cases, the field instructor and student may determine that other activities rather than or in addition to those listed are more appropriate. In
addition to selecting the learning activities, identify the specific methods or tasks that will be used to ensure that the student has successfully
demonstrated their ability to complete the learning activity. Please check appropriate boxes and/or add other activities. This learning contract
serves as a guideline for final evaluations.
Student Name: MUID #
Agency Address: Agency Phone#
Field Instructor Name and Contact Information:
Task Supervisor Name and Contact Information (if applicable):
Field Faculty Liaison Name:
Placement Start Date: Placement End Date:
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
Social workers understand the value base of the profession and its ethical standards, as well as relevant laws and regulations that may impact practice at the micro,
mezzo, and macro levels. Social workers understand frameworks of ethical decision-making and how to apply principles of critical thinking to those frameworks in
practice, research, and policy arenas. Social workers recognize personal values and the distinction between personal and professional values. They also understand
how their personal experiences and affective reactions influence their professional judgement and behavior. Social workers understand the profession's history, its
mission, and the roles and responsibilities of the profession. Social workers also understand the role of other professions when engaged in inter-professional teams.
Social workers recognize the importance of life-long learning and are committed to continually updating their skills to ensure they are relevant and effective. Social
workers also understand emerging forms of technology and the ethical use of technology in social work practice.
Practice Behaviors Practicum Learning Activities and Assignments Student Performance will be Measured in the
Following Manner:
1.1 Makes ethical decisions by applying the Review client file(s) and determine if a strengths
standards of the NASW Code of Ethics, based approach is evident.
relevant laws and regulations, models for Review confidentiality policies/forms and
ethical decision-making, ethical conduct of maintain client confidentiality
research, and additional codes of ethics as Identify real or potential ethical dilemmas and
appropriate to context apply ethical problem solving.
Identify examples of ethical practice in
supervisory sessions.
1.2. Use reflection and self-regulation to manage Keep daily journal and/or weekly logs and share
personal values and maintain professionalism in with field instructor.
practice situations Meet with field instructor and identify strengths
and areas for further development.
Solicit feedback from field instructor and other
relevant professionals.
Identify and manage one's own personal reactions
to clients as reflected in interactions and supervisory
1.3 Demonstrate professional demeanor in Dress appropriately.
behavior; appearance; and oral, written, and Adhere to work schedule.
electronic communication Communicate respectfully with colleagues and
Follow agency protocol.
1.4 Use technology ethically and appropriately to Follow agency policies regarding technology
facilitate practice outcomes Identify uses of technology.
1.5 Use supervision and consultation to guide Meet with field instructor regularly and make
professional judgment and behavior constructive use of supervision.
Consult with field instructor regarding questions,
concerns, and to obtain feedback
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
Social workers understand how diversity and difference characterize and shape the human experience and are critical to the formation of identity. The dimensions of
diversity are understood as the intersectionality of multiple factors including but not limited to age, class, color, culture, disability and ability, ethnicity, gender, gender
identity and expression, immigration status, marital status, political ideology, race, religion/spirituality, sex, sexual orientation, and tribal sovereign status. Social
workers understand that, as a consequence of difference, a person's life experiences may include oppression, poverty, marginalization, and alienation as well as
privilege, power, and acclaim. Social workers also understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and recognize the extent to which a
culture's structures and values, including social, economic, political, and cultural exclusions, may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create privilege and power.
Practice Behaviors Practicum Learning Activities and Assignments Student Performance will be Measured in the
Following Manner:
2.1 Apply and communicate understanding of the Conduct an assessment or other client interview
importance of diversity and difference in shaping and identify elements of human diversity that have
life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo, shaped life experiences for that client system
and macro levels Discuss with field instructor how you believe your
clients' experiences have shaped behaviors
Read about the importance of difference in
shaping life experience and discuss with field
Identify ways that clients are diverse and how
approaches to working with individuals vary based
on diversity