22 Relevant EPAS Competencies • Use and translate research evidence to inform and improve practice, policy, and service delivery. Competency 5 Engage in Policy Practice Chapters 14, 15, and 16 • Identify social policy at the local, state, and federal level that impacts well- being, service delivery, and access to social services. • Assess how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and access to social services. • Apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice. Competency 6 Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities Chapters 6, 14, and 15 • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in- environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage with clients and constituencies. • Use empathy, self-reflection, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage diverse clients and constituencies. Competency 7 Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities Chapters 5, 9, 14, 15 • Collect and organize data and apply critical thinking to interpret information from clients and constituencies. • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in- environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the analysis of assessment data from clients and constituencies. • Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives based on the critical assessment of strengths, needs, and challenges within clients and constituencies.
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