EPAS Implementation

Implementation of the 2008 EPAS

Note: These documents are not mandated. They are offered only as examples and are intended to serve as a resource.

Advanced Practice and the 2008 EPAS

The 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) outlines 10 competencies that are common to all of social work practice. Advanced practice “incorporates all of the core competencies augmented by knowledge and practice behaviors specific to a concentration" (M2.2, p.8).

The 2008 EPAS was passed with the understanding that CSWE would work with the education community to create resources for programs in the development of knowledge and practice behaviors specific to competencies for advanced practice. Some of these resources are now available. Other resources are currently in development and will be posted as they are finalized. The statuses of known projects are listed below. For more information about any of these projects, please contact Jessica Holmes

Note: These documents are not mandated. They are offered only as examples and are intended to serve as a resource. 

Available Guides

  • Trauma
    The trauma-informed social work practice guide was developed by a task force of 40 practitioners and faculty members under the leadership of co-chairs Virginia Strand (Fordham University) and Robert Abramovitz (Hunter College). The final guide, Advanced Social Work Practice in Trauma (PDF) was published in fall 2012. 
     
  • Clinical Social Work
    The clinical social work project was led by University of Houston, Saint Catherine University/University of Saint Thomas, and Smith College. The group held its first meeting in August 2009; programs with a clinical social work concentration were invited to participate in the process. A final product, Advanced Practice in Clinical Social Work (PDF), is now available.
     
  • Gerontology
    The gerontology project is being led by the CSWE Gero-Ed Center. The final product, Advanced Gero Social Work Practice Guide (PDF),  is now complete and includes course and evaluation resources.  
     
  • Military Social Work
    Cosponsored by the University of Southern California School of Social Work's Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, this guide (PDF) defines the specialized knowledge and skills that social work practitioners need to effectively serve military personnel, veterans, and their families, as well as noncombatant uniformed service members.
     
  • Prevention of Substance Use Disorders
    The prevention project is now complete, and the final product, Advanced Practice in the Prevention of Substance Use Disorders (PDF), is available online. A print copy also can be requested by sending an e-mail to Jessica Holmes

Available Guides Developed by Other Organizations

Groups connected to organizations outside of CSWE have also been working to develop resources that connect knowledge and practice behaviors specific to competencies for advanced practice. For the examples posted below, CSWE provided technical assistance during the development of the guides.

  • Macro Social Work
    The Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA) developed a resource guide that was published in 2010 and adopted by their Board in 2011. The guide Advanced Practice in Macro Social Work (PDF) is now available.
     
  • Behavioral Health Disparities
    The National Association of Deans and Directors for Schools of Social Work (NADD), along with funding and support from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health created the practice guide, Advanced Social Work Practice Behaviors to Address Behavioral Health Disparities (PDF).  This guide was published in the fall of 2013.
     

 

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