Practicum Field Information

MSW Field Practicum Online Orientation

After you have been admitted into the MSW program: Print, read, and highlight this online Field Practicum Orientation. It includes a PowerPoint, Calendar and Field Manual. 

DEADLINES

SPRING PRACTICUM: Practicum Registrations for SPRING must be submitted on this website portal PRIOR to NOVEMBER 1. The sooner a student completes the placement steps below, the more choices you have for a placement. Placement are not guaranteed. Do not delay. Students who do not have a secured and registered practicum placement prior to the deadline will be asked to register for a Fall Field Placement.

FALL PRACTICUM: Practicum Registrations for Fall must be submitted on this website portal PRIOR to MAY 1, 2017. The sooner a student completes the placement steps below, the more choices you have for a placement. Placement are not guaranteed. Do not delay. Students who do not have a secured and registered practicum placement prior to the deadline will be asked to register for a Spring Field Placement. 

This online field orientation is REQUIRED and MANDATORY for all MSW students.

Step 1: Read the MSW Online Field Orientation Documents

Step 2: Make an application for NASW Student Membership and Liability Insurance

Step 4: Securing Placement

  • Call and arrange an interview at agency discussed with field staff
  • Arrange a face to face meeting
  • Assure professionalism through preparation and dress
  • After interview send thank you note
  • Partner agency to verbally consent or provide written confirmation of their interest in having you as a student (there are no guarantee for placement)
  • If the university does not have an agreement with the agency, the field supervisor will sign partner letter and agency director/program director to sign Memorandum of Agreement.

Step 4: MSW Documents for Placement Agency

Step 5: Register Your MSW/BSW Practicum Placement Here!

BSW Field Practicum Orientation Information

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BSW Field Education

BSW Field Practicum is where the real world happens! This is where you begin to put your classroom knowledge into practice at an agency setting.Here are some activities you can expect:

1) Develop a Learning Plan that will map out your experience and practice
2) Work under the supervision of a BSW/MSW who will focus on your Learning Plan
3) Be in the "field" several hours a week depending on your chosen path
4) Meet weekly in Field Seminar class with your instructor and peers
5) Gain feedback on your progress as an emerging social work professional

Generalist Practicum Activities

Students will be engaged in activities at the BSW level to demonstrate their practice and knowledge of the NASW Core Competencies.NASW requires all BSW students to earn 450 practicum hours.The practicum hours are conducted at an agency setting and can be completed in one or two semesters.
Some examples of generalist practice activities can be:

Advocacy                             Group Facilitation
Case Work                                 Interviewing
Resource and Referral                  Community Work
Case Management                           Research
Active Listening                                   Use of Supervision
Needs Assessments 


BSW Field Practicum Orientation

BSW Field Orientation Webinar

BSW Pre Practicum Documents

BSW Field Practicum Supplemental Resources