MSW Field Education
Purpose of the Field Placement
All students in the program are required to complete field placement. The students field experience is one of the most vital aspects of his or her career in the MSW Program. It is in the field placement that everything a student learns in the classroom is integrated and used to further strengthen capabilities as an advanced level practitioner.
The Field Placement as Part of the Social Work Curriculum
Students in the MSW Program have field placements at two different agencies, one during the foundation year, and the second during the advanced year.
The foundation field placement is for 16 hours a week over the course of two semesters and helps students integrate their generalist practice skills.
The advanced field placement is for 16 hours a week over the course of two semesters and helps students perform more effectively in the areas of advanced direct practice or administration/management.
Planning for the Field Placement
Field placement planning is organized by the MSW Field Coordinator, who educates students about the field placement process, works with students to meet their professional interests, contacts and licenses field agencies, and helps students with issues and concerns that arise during the course of their placements. The MSW field manual describes this process and field policies in greater detail.
The MSW Field Coordinator is Amy Fischer-Williams. She can be contacted via email at email@example.com.
Approved MSW Field Placements
Field sites used run the gamut of opportunities social workers experience in practice.
Examples of placement opportunities include:
- General social service agencies which may provide services to individuals for basic needs, housing/homeless, resources and referrals, and domestic abuse
- Medically focused social work in settings like hospitals, nursing homes, hospice, and home care
- Psychiatrically focused social work in settings like day or residential treatment, in-home services, hospitals, clinics, alcohol, and other drug abuse services providers
- County, state, and tribal human services agencies, child welfare (resquired for those individuals who receive a Title IV E stipend), juvenile justice, foster care, adoptions
- Veterans services