The term competence connotes a level of preparedness for addressing issues and maintaining a high standard of practice with clients. Competent social workers have completed adequate preparations for licensure, and they are appropriately credentialed. They adhere to ethical practices by maintaining professional boundaries and honoring commitments to confidentiality. How might you demonstrate your competence as a social worker? How can you recognize competence in other social workers?
For this Discussion, review this week’s Readings. Think about elements in the articles that denote competence.
Resources: Required Readings
Bogie, M. A. & Coleman, M. (2000). Professional competence. Practice Pointers, 1(9). Retrieved from: http://www.naswassurance.org/home/practice-pointers/professional-competence/
Reamer, F. G. (2010). The limits of professional competence. Social Work Today. Retrieved from: http://www.socialworktoday.com/news/eoe_041410.shtml
Social Work Policy Institute. (2010).Evidence-based practice. Retrieved from: http://www.socialworkpolicy.org/research/evidence-based-practice-2.html
Singer, J. B. (Host). (2011, March 9). The process of evidence-based practice: An interview with Danielle E. Parish, Ph.D. [Audio podcast]. In Social Work Podcast. Retrieved from http://socialworkpodcast.com/2011/03/process-of-evidence-based-practice.html
Spratt, T. (2011). Families with multiple problems: Some challenges in identifying and providing services to those experiencing adversities across the life course. Journal of Social Work, 11(4), 343–357.
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Post a description of at least two criteria that define competence in social work. Give an example of each criterion of competence and justify your selection.