(1) Describe in some detail a critical experience or incident,

(1)   Describe in some detail a critical experience or incident, and the impact (learning) the experience had on you as an aspiring social worker.  That is, for the critical incident:

  • “put into words” the significance of the incident;
  • key learning outcomes acquired as a result of the incident;
  • self-insights you gained with respect to your own sense of professional identity

(2)   Detailed description of the overall field experience on key learning specific to social work:

  • values (e.g. personal and social work values, principles, ethics and ethical dilemmas, strengths, empowerment, cultural competency, etc.);
  • knowledge (e.g. policy, theory, research, practice, context, client systems, organizational dynamics, etc.); and
  • skills (e.g. engagement, assessment, intervention, evaluation, verbal and non-verbal communication, analytic skills, etc.)

(3)   What did the experience teach you about yourself? Looking back, in 20-20 hindsight, provide an explanation of how incidents like the one you encountered

  • created awareness of qualities that are needed to thrive as well as overcome challenges; and
  • produced changes on your part (behavioral, attitudinal, self-awareness, values clarification, etc.) or prompted you to think about changes that may be important for you to become an effective, culturally competent practitioner.
  • From this, use your current understanding to evaluate what will be important as you move forward in a social work career, i.e. factors related to future supervisor and/or employment setting.

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