The OHSTS and OCWTP are taking an exciting new approach to competencies.

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Ten Competencies for All Training Populations


Initiates and maintains productive and collaborative relationships with individuals, families, community partners, and other involved parties to promote the achievement of shared goals.

** Behavioral indicators reflecting the practices of collaboration, teamwork, and partnering will come under this competency.

Demonstrates the capacity to relate to people with diverse characteristics in a sensitive and respectful way that recognizes and values individuals, families, and communities, and protects and preserves the dignity of all.

Comprehends and applies social work and/or other relevant ethical standards in all aspects of their work.

Performs responsibilities and duties in a manner that is consistent with the values and principles deemed central to the field by governing bodies and industry leaders.


Partners with individuals and/or families or other involved parties to coordinate strategies and resources to achieve sustainable and beneficial results.

Initiates timely action and performs designated tasks in alignment with plans and the planning process using formal and informal resources to achieve sustainable and beneficial results.

Monitors progress, recognizes when adjustments are necessary, and modifies actions due to changing circumstances.

Gathers information, engages in critical thinking, and organizes and examines information about individuals’ and/or families’ situations, circumstances, strengths, and needs to make sound decisions.

Receives and clearly conveys information and ideas through a variety of methods.

Promotes ideas, resources, and strategies to benefit individuals, families, and communities.