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Field Competencies

The Field Competencies are the essential professional expectations of the Department of Human Services. As a program dedicated to supporting students as they enter a career in the field, these competencies guide that growth and development. We expect that students, by graduation, will demonstrate competence in each of these areas often or most of the time. Students are asked to contemplate how they would like to achieve these outcomes through the learning contract and are introduced to these competencies throughout the curriculum. While there are additional skills and knowledge in content areas that students gain in our programs, these competencies are the expected outcomes for the field experience.  

The student will be rated using the following scale:

(0) Not Applicable, (1) Never, (2) Rarely, (3) Occasionally/Sometimes, (4) Often, (5) Every time


CORE COMPETENCIES (Departmental Learning Objectives)

Attitude: The student is enthusiastic about the field of Human Services and is able and willing to cooperate with field supervisors, co-workers, other interns, and the public.

Agency Analysis: The student is able to understand the context of the agency, i.e. the infrastructure, organization, and the contributions to community life.

Ethical Knowledge: The student demonstrates an understanding of ethical issues and a knowledge of all ethics codes that may apply in the setting.

Ethical Dilemmas: The student does not engage in activities that are contrary to the ethical standards and is able to use ethical decision-making when situations are not clear-cut.

Cultural Knowledge: The student is aware of: the impact of cultural diversity (in the broadest sense of the term); their own personal culture; the various ways in which an individual’s multiple aspects of identity interact.

Cultural Sensitivity: The student is able to interact with individuals in meaningful ways that demonstrates an understanding of the impact of culture on personal style, values, perspectives and experiences.

Professional Writing Skills: The student produces clear professional writing as appropriate to the placement such as grants, reports, case notes, evaluations and assessments, marketing materials, etc.



Interpersonal Communication Skills:The student communicates clearly and appropriately with field supervisors, clients, co-workers, and the public.

Accepts Feedback:  The student is receptive to feedback.

Utilizes Feedback: The student responds to feedback in a professional manner by adapting the feedback into future performance. 

Assertiveness: The student is able to initiate and communicate appropriately in individual and group settings.

Manages Conflict: The student utilizes communication to effectively manage conflict.

Appropriate Intervention Skills: The student is able to provide the service that is appropriate to the field placement site (for example: intake interviews, group facilitation, customer service, case management, mentoring, treatment planning, events coordination, educational presentations, fund-raising, grant writing, etc.).

Problem Solves: The student uses critical thinking skills and applies knowledge to solve problems.

Self-Awareness:The student is willing to examine his/her own feelings, values, and behaviors and is aware of his/her own strengths and challenges.

Self-Care: The student actively practiced self-care by establishing boundaries, seeking support when necessary, and taking steps to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Professionalism:  The student presents him/herself in a professional manner through appropriate attire and personal grooming. 

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