National Webinar on Core Competency Framework in Professional Social Work Practice – Reflections and Challenges in Various Practice Settings

Organizer: DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF KERALA, Kariavattom Campus, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, Pin-695581 in collaboration with KERALA ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORKERS

About the Webinar

  • When: 20th- 22nd, December, 2022
  • Virtual Platform: Google Meet
  • Free Registration
  • E-Certificate will be issued to the registered
  • Call for Papers


Competence has long been understood to be the key factor in assessing the calibre of the services rendered by professions across disciplines. Being competent enables us to accurately appraise, apply theoretical concepts and assess and intervene. It accomplishes the task and is measurable. But social workers are more than just employees. We are change agents, educators, connectors, and motivators. The personal competencies of listening, perceptiveness and analysis help the professional competency of conducting a psycho-social examination.

Effective social work practice requires a personal ability called critical thinking. Competence in social work is the capacity to integrate and apply social work knowledge, beliefs and abilities to real world circumstances in a deliberate, intentional, and professional way to advance individual and communal well-being. The professional social work curriculum in India acknowledges a holistic view of competence, which means that the demonstration of competence is informed by knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive and affective processes, including the social worker’s critical thinking, affective reactions and exercise of judgment in relation to particular practice situations. Multi-dimensional and made up of connected skills, overall professional competence has many dimensions. Competence in a social worker is viewed as dynamic and developing through time in connection to ongoing learning. The approach to curriculum design known as Competency- based education focuses on the desired results. To ensure that students can demonstrate the integration and application of the competences in practice, the outcomes approach’s main objective is to make sure that this is possible. Programs create the substantive content, pedagogical style and educational activities that give students the chance to learn about and display the required capabilities using a curriculum design that starts with the outcomes, articulated as the expected competencies. Historical perspectives and relevance are discussed in the core competency framework introduction.

Key Discussion Areas and Sub Themes

  • Introduction to core competency frame work-Historical perspectives and relevance
  • Competency frame work in OBE Social Work Curriculum
  • Expectations and reality in Social Work competency
  • Competency frame work in Social Work Field practicum
  • Competencies in various fields of social work practice
  • Social Work Competence: Way forward
  • Competency frame work in Professional Social Work from a Sociological Perspective
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to Competency frame work
  • Any Other Related Topic

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Call for Papers

The conference invites academicians, researchers, practitioners and students to submit research papers based on original research work, review articles or case study based on the above sub themes. Abstract has to be written based any of the sub themes in English (MS Word, Times New Roman, It should carry the name, Designation, University/College, contact number and Email ID of the author and should not exceed 300 words with keywords not more than five. Abstract of the papers should be send to which will be selected after a peer review. Selected papers will be published in the form of a book with ISBN.


  • Last date for abstract submission: 15th December 2022
  • Confirmation of Abstract: 16th December 2022
  • Last date for submission of full paper: 18th December 2022
  • Last date for Registration: 18th December 2022


Dr. Sandhya RS (Organizing Secretary), Professor and Head, Dept.of Sociology, University of Kerala, Kariavattom Campus, Thiruvananthapuram, Ph: 9496114094

Dr. V.N Sreekumar, Assistant Professor (on contract) Social Work- Ph: 9446905608

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