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1. Read the NASW standards for school social work.(Attached below) What are your thoughts on the multi-tier model of intervention in school social work? How do you feel they fit with the NASW Code of Ethics and evidence based social work practice? How do they fit with the CSWE 10 core competencies? (In download)

2. What do you know about school social work interventions? Are there any special populations of students that you are particularly interested in? Are there specific interventions that you are interested in learning more about?

3. Watch the video below about school social work. What roles or type of school social work interventions did you already know about? Did you find that you learned something new in the video?
https://youtu.be/W2HdpfSAxGc
Watch the video below about the day in the life of a high school social worker. What do you think about the program that was being highlighted in the video? What could you tell about his social work skills set? What about his interventions approach? Did you think the way he approached the students was positive or negative? Explain your answers please.

CSWE EPAS 2008 Core Competencies
Professional Identity
2.1.1 Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
Necessary Knowledge, Values, & Skills
? Social workers serve as representatives of the profession, its mission, and its core values.
? Social workers know the profession’s history.
? Social workers commit themselves to the profession’s enhancement and to their own professional conduct and growth.
Operational Practice Behaviors
? Social workers advocate for client access to the services of social work;
? Social workers practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development;
? Social workers attend to professional roles and boundaries;
? Social workers demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication;
? Social workers engage in career-long learning; and
? Social workers use supervision and consultation.
Ethical Practice
2.1.2 Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
Necessary Knowledge, values & Skills
? Social workers have an obligation to conduct themselves ethically and engage in ethical decision making.
? Social workers are knowledgeable about the value base of the profession, its ethical standards, and relevant law.
Operational Practice Behaviors
? Social workers recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice;
? Social workers make ethical decisions by applying standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles;
? Social workers tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts; and
? Social workers apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions.
Critical Thinking
2.1.3 Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
Necessary Knowledge, Values, & Skills
? Social workers are knowledgeable about the principles of logic, scientific inquiry, and reasoned discernment.
? They use critical thinking augmented by creativity and curiosity.
? Critical thinking also requires the synthesis and communication of relevant information.
Operational Practice Behaviors
? Social workers distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom;
? Social workers analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation; and
? Social workers demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues.
Diversity in Practice
2.1.4 Engage diversity and difference in practice.
Necessary Knowledge, Values, & Skills
? Social workers understand how diversity characterizes and shapes the human experience and is critical to the formation of identity.
? The dimensions of diversity are understood as the intersectionality of multiple factors including age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, political ideology, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
? Social workers appreciate 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.
Operational Practice Behaviors
? Social workers recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power;
? Social workers gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups;
? Social workers recognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences; and
? Social workers view themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants.
Human Rights & Justice
2.1.5 Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
Necessary Knowledge, Values, & Skills
? Each person, regardless of position in society, has basic human rights, such as freedom, safety, privacy, an adequate standard of living, health care, and education.
? Social workers recognize the global interconnection of oppression and are knowledgeable about theories of justice and strategies to promote human and civil rights.
? Social work incorporates social justice practices in organizations, institutions, and society to ensure that these basic human rights are distributed equitably and without prejudice.
Operational Practice Behaviors
? Social workers understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination;
? Social workers advocate for human rights and social and economic justice; and
? Social workers engage in practices that advance social and economic justice.
Research Based Practice
2.1.6 Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
Necessary Knowledge, Values, & Skills
? Social workers use practice experience to inform research, employ evidence-based interventions, evaluate their own practice, and use research findings to improve practice, policy, and social service delivery.
? Social workers comprehend quantitative and qualitative research and understand scientific and ethical approaches to building knowledge.
Operational Practice Behaviors
? Social workers use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry; and
? Social workers use research evidence to inform practice.
Human Behavior
2.1.7 Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
Necessary Knowledge, Values, & Skills
? Social workers are knowledgeable about human behavior across the life course; the range of social systems in which people live; and the ways social systems promote or deter people in maintaining or achieving health and well-being.
? Social workers apply theories and knowledge from the liberal arts to understand biological, social, cultural, psychological, and spiritual development.
Operational Practice Behaviors
? Social workers utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation; and
? Social workers critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment.
Policy Practice
2.1.8 Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
Necessary Knowledge, Values, & Skills
? 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.
Operational Practice Behaviors
? Social workers analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being; and
? Social workers collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action.
Practice Contexts
2.1.9 Respond to contexts that shape practice.
Necessary Knowledge, Values, & Skills
? Social workers are informed, resourceful, and proactive in responding to evolving organizational, community, and societal contexts at all levels of practice.
? Social workers recognize that the context of practice is dynamic, and use knowledge and skill to respond proactively.
Operational Practice Behaviors
? Social workers continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services; and
? Social workers provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services.
Engage, Assess, Intervene, Evaluate
2.1.10 Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
Necessary Knowledge, Values, & Skills
? Professional practice involves the dynamic and interactive processes of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation at multiple levels.
? Social workers have the knowledge and skills to practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
? Practice knowledge includes:
-identifying, analyzing, and implementing evidence-based interventions designed to achieve client goals;
-using research and technological advances;
-evaluating program outcomes and practice effectiveness;
-developing, analyzing, advocating, and providing leadership for policies and services; and
-promoting social and economic justice.
Operational Practice Behaviors
? Engagement
? Social workers substantively and affectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities;
? Social workers use empathy and other interpersonal skills; and
? Social workers develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes.
? Assessment
? Social workers collect, organize, and interpret client data;
? Social workers assess client strengths and limitations;
? Social workers develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives; and
? Social workers select appropriate intervention strategies.
? Intervention
? Social workers initiate actions to achieve organizational goals;
? Social workers implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities;
? Social workers negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients; and
? Social workers facilitate transitions and endings.
? Evaluation
? Social workers critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate intervention

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