Social Work Competencies at Masters Level Lesson Learned from Social Work Student of Universiti sains Malaysia (USM)

Muhamad Fadhil Nurdin, Azlinda Azman, Syarif Muhidin


The development and building of social work competencies among graduate students is also imperative in the social work practice.  Field practice at the Masters’ level is greatly needed in order to allow students to be able to apply knowledge, values, ethics and skills that they have learned theoretically into real life situations.  Both the social work educators and the students must be actively involved in the supervision process, which can enhance the student competencies in dealing with various target groups.  This paper will address some of the USM’s best practices in providing field practicum to the social work students currently pursuing their Masters degree in social work.  It will also highlight some of the advantages experienced by the students themselves when undergoing or experiencing field practice.  Students’ and alumni perception and expectations on the pertinent issues, challenges as well as recommendations on the improvement of the field practice will also be discussed and presented in greater detail.


Key words: Master Social Work; MSW practicum; Social work competency

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