Competency 1. Identify as a Professional Social Worker
Practice Behaviors:
a.
Professional Role/Demeanor /Use of Supervision
b.
Client Access to Service
c.
Personal Values
Tasks:
Review foster care and adoption policies
Organize materials for supervision/instruction sessions
Attend court hearings, family team meetings, foster and birth home visits
Identify agencies most frequently referred by agency and the type of service offered and referral process
Organize referral information in binder for student and/or agency
Attend in-service training sessions for staff

Competency II: Apply social work principles to guide professional practice
Practice Behaviors
a.
Ethical Decisions
b.
Roles, Boundaries and Values
c.
Ethical Reasoning

Tasks:
Establish a relationship with a client
Complete required agency documentation for client treatment plans or court ordered services

III. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments
Practice Behaviors:
a.
Organizing Knowledge
b.
Assessment and Intervention
c.
Knowledge Integration
d.
Oral and written communication

Tasks:
Assess client's needs through use of agency's assessment/questionaire

IV. Engage diversity and difference in practice
Practice Behaviors:
Cultural Awareness/diversity
Values and Biases
Recognize and communicate Life Experiences
Engaged Learner
Tasks:
Have direct opportunities to use the skill of empathy in building relationships with clients
If there are needs of diverse or at-risk populations that are not being met, discuss the deficiency and help develop a plan to better address those needs or research interventions
Attend home visits and demonstrate the ability to discuss required adoption topics and document as required by DHS policy.
Review and/or complete adoption assessments - shadow adoption worker when interviews are conducted.
Attend home visits to learn and demonstrate knowledge of DHS policy and required documentation related to home visits.

X. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
Practice Behaviors:
a.
Engagement with systems
b.
Interpersonal skills
c.
Focus and outcome with field instructor
d.
Interpreting client data
e.
Assessing clients
f.
Intervention goals and objectives
g.
Selecting Intervention strategies
h.
Client capacities
i.
Transition and endings
j.
Evaluation of work and services

Tasks:
Review case record and/or computer files
Shadow and observe professional social workers engaging clients
Work with 1-2 clients on an ongoing basis (with supervision)
Review and become familiar with other service providers and the steps to make referrals to these providers
Observe various roles of group leaders and skills of engagement
Have direct opportunities to use the skill of empathy in building relationships with clients
Complete an interview using basic interviewing skills
Develop a service/treatment plan; review assessments used to track progress and development of children and families- service plans and court reports
Demonstrate the ability to do effective background checks; obtaining and reviewing police reports or hospital records, reviewing and understanding various DHS data systems for foster care and adoption- MiSACWIS