Rural Competency 12: Integrate knowledge of rural values and customs into autonomous social work practice with children and families. (600 courses only)   Synthesize knowledge of rural values and customs and apply to autonomous social work practice with children and families.   Practitioners with a specialization in rural social work recognize, respect, and exhibit knowledge of the relevant concepts and theoretical framework for practice with children and families in rural areas.  They exhibit the ability to utilize the ethical principles included in the NASW Code of Ethics, particularly as it relates to dual relationships.  They display appropriate critical thinking and decision making when analyzing policies and programs that are detrimental to the quality of life of rural children and families.  Their practice decisions and conceptual frameworks are shaped by the rural values, customs, habits, skills, ideology language and political behavior of the residents of the rural community.  The rural social worker engages in self-regulation, self-reflection, supervision and consultation to ensure that the relevant knowledge, skills and values are utilized.  Practitioners in rural areas advocate for their clients to combat the disproportionately high rates of poverty, unemployment, underemployment, inadequate housing, trauma, racism, and other forms of social and economic injustice. Rural Social Workers: • Seek to identify solutions that address problems and concerns by incorporating community strengths and assets; • Utilize innovative research-based programs and activities that incorporate the entire life cycle; • Select appropriate intervention modalities, after engaging in self-reflection on the culture and values of the rural community; and • Advocate for a responsive health and social service delivery system that addresses the current structural inequities.