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(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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