Alberta College of Social Workers

Self-Assessment - Alternative formats

Your narrative should reflect upon the social work Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. You may also consider your job description or other work-based activities. Give thought not only to your current practice but to what you hope to be doing in the next few years. Additionally, your self-assessment should begin from the perspective that we are all life-long learners and can always improve our knowledge and skills. Following are some questions you may find helpful in developing your assessment. A general guideline would be about one page of text.

  • What aspects of your practice are you particularly proud of?
  • What are your strengths as a social worker?
  • What feedback have you received from clients/colleagues/ supervisors, etc. regarding your practice?
  • Are there things you don’t do now that you hope to be doing in the future? If yes, what knowledge/skills/abilities might you need to develop?
  • Have there been any times over the past year that you have felt that your skills were not as strong as you would like in a particular area?
  • Have you upgraded your knowledge recently? Are there areas where your knowledge is out of date? Are there times when you are speaking with colleagues that you feel like you don’t know what they’re talking about?
  • Do your colleagues view you as a leader? Would you like them to?

A narrative self-assessment should typically be between half a page and two pages in length (300 – 1000 words).