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Generalist Practice

The BSW Program has identified eight Generalist Competencies and has woven the curriculum and field practicum together in such as way as to insure that graduates have acquired entry level competency in each of these areas.  Those competencies are:


Generalist Competency 1 

The generalist social worker practices at multiple levels (micro, mezzo, macro) and moves between systems and levels of practice based on client/client system needs and resources to enhance social functioning and facilitate social change.


Generalist Competency 2

The generalist social worker plays a variety of social work roles (advocate, broker, networker, counselor, educator, case manager, facilitator, planner, researcher, mediator, administrator) and moves between roles, matching them to client/client system need and resources.


Generalist Competency 3

The generalist social worker uses a variety of lenses and conceptual frameworks to guide practice, including the strengths perspective, ecological perspective, and diversity perspective.


Generalist Competency 4

The generalist social worker uses a variety of orienting theories to guide practice, including social systems theory, human development theory, group theory, organizational theory, community development theory, and societal development theory.


Generalist Competency 5

The generalist social worker uses a variety of practice theories and models to guide practice, including task centered casework, crisis intervention, client centered casework, empowerment model, cognitive behavioral model, mutual aid model, structural model, organizational development model, community development model, and social change model


Generalist Competency 6

The generalist social worker, in partnership with client systems, uses the planned change process of assessment, planning, intervention, termination, and evaluation.


Generalist Competency 7

The generalist social worker is guided by the National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics, incorporates social work values into intervention at all levels, and uses a process for examining and dealing with ethical situation and dilemmas.


Generalist Competency 8

The generalist social worker is prepared for rural practice, building social work practice on an understanding of the interplay between individuals, families, community, societal and global forces.

The University of Montana-Missoula
School of Social Work
Jeannette Rankin Hall 004
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812-4680
Phone 406.243.5543 Fax: 406.243.5275

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