Advancing Human Rights and Social and Economic Justice: Developing Competence in Field Education

Ashley Davis, Devon Reber
2016 Journal of Human Rights and Social Work  
Social workers advance human rights and social and economic justice through their practice and policy work. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) mandates that social work students develop knowledge, values, and skills in this area, as one of the core competencies of their professional training. This qualitative study analyzed learning contracts of four cohorts of BSW seniors (n = 114) to identify the stated activities for advancing human rights and social and economic justice through
more » ... d education. Fifteen of these students also provided their understanding of the connection between their activities and this core competency. The findings revealed the types of activities that social work students engage in to develop and demonstrate readiness for practice. More than other core competencies, some students struggled to identify specific activities related to their practice setting, client population, or social work role. Implications for social work education and the implementation of CSWE's 2015 Education Policy and Accreditation Standards are discussed.
doi:10.1007/s41134-016-0016-x fatcat:644kui2yubgkhdvgho3nb4tnm4