1. Use the Practice Behaviors in competency below to discuss how you have participated in identifying as a professional social worker and conducting ones-self accordingly. Be specific about activities and/or processes that you have engaged in. Offer description, detail (content) and depth. Include how you handled the situations and your reasons for handling them in the manner you chose. 2. Describe how you felt regarding the activities, processes, and/ or experiences that you have connected the practice behaviors to. You will need to identify and describe your feelings. At least three (3) feelings need to be identified and described. Any issues of counter-transference? Please describe and discuss any issues of counter-transference. (Affective) 3. Connect what you have written to your previous course content. Identify and describe concepts from at least 2 different courses and apply them to your particular situation. (Cognitive) 4. What insights have you gained from the experience? What are the benefits of these new insights? Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Differences in Practice Social workers understand how diversity and difference characterize and shape the human experience and are critical to the formation of identity. The dimensions of diversity are understood as the intersectionality of multiple factors including but not limited to age, class, color, culture, disability and ability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, marital status, political ideology, race, religion/spirituality, sex, sexual orientation, and tribal sovereign status. Social workers understand that, as a consequence of difference, a person’s life experiences may include oppression, poverty, marginalization, and alienation as well as privilege, power, and acclaim. Social workers also understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values, including social, economic, political, and cultural exclusions, may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create privilege and power. Practice Behaviors Social workers: • apply and communicate understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels; • present themselves as learners and engage clients and constituencies as experts of their own experiences; and • apply self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies.