Success in Practicum

Requirements for Success in Practicum
Kent School of Social Work
University of Louisville


All students will be evaluated using the same Practicum Evaluation standards.  This includes the core social work competencies of:

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conducts oneself accordingly.
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgment.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.


The ability to be successful in your practicum experience will be dependent upon your ability to:

  • Conduct accurate observations
  • Effectively communicate with others through verbal, non-verbal, written, and the ability to listen and comprehend what you are receiving and what you are transmitting
  • Sensory and motor functions that allows you to perform safely and satisfactorily in the social work agency settings
  • Possess the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative functions to be able to think critically, analyze and interpret objective and subjective data and apply effective problem solving skills
  • Effectively use and apply program knowledge/skills/learning to the practicum situation
  • Exhibit self-awareness and openness to learn how one’s values, beliefs, emotions and past experiences affect thinking, behavior and relationships and be open to change when appropriate
  • Demonstrate emotional and mental stability to deal with current life stressors and use appropriate coping mechanism and self-care and effectively use help for medical/emotional problems that interfere with academic or practicum performance
  • Conduct oneself in an ethical manner in accordance with a commitment to the goals of social work and the ethical standards and values of the profession


The University of Louisville is committed to providing access to programs and services for qualified students with disabilities.  If you are a student with a disability and require accommodation to participate and complete requirements for this course, immediately notify Ramie Martin-Galijatovic, Program Manager, and contact the Disability Resource Center (Stevenson Hall, 852-6938) for verification of eligibility and determination of specific accommodations needed.  You must bring a letter of accommodations needed in the practicum from the Disability Resource Center to the Field Education office as soon as possible.  This web site may also be of assistance:

Please note that accommodations are not intended to fundamentally alter essential components of the curriculum or academic requirements of the program of study.