As a result the total number of competencies on the Advanced Generalist

As a result the total number of competencies on the

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Management. As a result, the total number of competencies on the Advanced Generalist blueprint was reduced by half, from 28 to 14. Content area weights were then redistributed to reflect the relative importance of the updated organization of knowledge: Content Area I. Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment increased to 23% (from 18%); the newly created Content Area II. Intervention Processes and Techniques for Use across Systems was assigned a weight of 32%; the new Content Area III. Intervention Processes and Techniques for Use with Larger Systems was assigned a weight of 18%; and Content Area IV. Professional Relationships, Values, and Ethics (formerly Content Area V. Professional Values and Ethics) increased by three percentage points to 27%. Clinical Examination Category Structurally, the updated Clinical blueprint remained quite similar to the previous iteration. However, changes to the distribution of content weight were noticeable for some of the content areas. The weight for Content Area I. Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment decreased by seven percentage points to 24% and Content Area II. Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning increased by four percentage points to 30%. Content Area III. Psychotherapy, Clinical Interventions, and Case Management was viewed as slightly more important, garnering 27% of the exam (up from 25% in 2011), and Content Area IV. Professional Values and Ethics gained one additional percentage point, reflecting the continued importance of knowledge of values and ethics within the social work profession. The Goal The purposes of the study were to: 1. Obtain a picture of the current practice of social work from a representative sample of social workers in the United States (including the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Territory of Guam, and the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) and the 10 provinces of Canada via an online survey of their practice. 2. Compare the practice of social work in the United States and Canada to determine if each licensing exam can be based on the same test content outline—or blueprint—in each country. 3. Update the ASWB licensure test blueprints in the Bachelors, Masters, Advanced Generalist, and Clinical categories. The Process The study was conducted in four phases. In the first phase, a survey of the social work profession (i.e., practice analysis survey) was developed and pilot tested. In Phase II, the survey was administered to social workers in all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and all 10 Canadian provinces to collect data on the current state of social work practice. In Phase III, the results of the survey were used to update the examination blueprints for all categories of ASWB's social work licensure examinations. The last phase involved determining and finalizing content weighting for all blueprints.
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2017 Analysis of the Practice of Social Work | ASWB 6 PHASE I: CREATING THE SURVEY
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