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Parent educator Hamad Sarraf was hired by a Head Start program to promote resources that supports a family’s basic needs after completing his BSW degree (Langer & Lietz, 2014). According to the text, CBT affects all components of the process and addresses psychological distress. Two CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) strategies are critical for Sarraf as he leads the parenting group by modeling interaction with the clients to change their thought processes. Hamad also behaved in a way that was different from the client’s past experiences. Another CBT strategy that is critical is evaluation because he kept physically acknowledging the parent’s emotions and gestures to better analyze how they feel. In turn, the client reinforced the cognitive restructuring, shaping, and was encouraged to participate.

In addition, there are two CSWE competencies that are also critical for Sarraf as he leads which include engaging and assessing the diversity of experiences. The core competency of being knowledgeable also resonates with Hamad’s experience. Having the ability to engage with different is essential to building individual relationships and planning individualized resources to support the different experiences and needs (Langer & Lietz, 2014).

Ariana Cameron


Langer, C. L., & Lietz, C. (2014). Applying theory to generalist social work practice. John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.

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Sarraf is a young man who had just that had recently acquired his BSW and has been tasked to lead a parenting group at a headstart. He utilizes a few different CBT or cognitive and behavioral theories (Langer and Lietz, 2014). Not only was Sarraf modeling the type of interaction he wished the group to acquire but he was also using his words to restructure Brenda’s thought process to reassure her (Langer and Lietz, 2014). This is called a type of modeling. Brenda had shown concerns and never did Sarraf pretend to be anything more than what he was and he also was adamant that he knew he did not have children of his own so couldn’t possibly have the same experiences as someone else that had been in her shoes. This type of modeling, in my opinion is similar to “honesty is the best policy”. He was not putting on any airs, he was just being calm and rational to allay fears.

The CSWE core competencies exhibited here seem to be (1) identifying as a professional social worker and conducting oneself as such and (4) engage diversity and difference in practice (Dale and Smith, 2013). I feel these competencies best match because Sarraf could have easily chosen to be a bit “know it all” when he entered his new job but he wasn’t. He was very professional and courteous. He also listened to Brenda and potentially adjusted his verbalizations to make her more comfortable.

Jodi Dibble

Dale, O. and Smith, R. (2013). Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Social Systems Theory 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson

Langer, C. L., & Lietz, C. (2014). Applying theory to generalist social work practice. John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.

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