Field work/ practicum is an important and integral component of the learning experience in College of Social Work and can be summed up in three words: integration, application, and socialization. Under the supervision of a qualified field instructor, the student integrates knowledge gained in the classroom, applies it in an agency setting, and is socialized to the profession's value orientation. It is the opportunity to test and validate what is learned in the classroom in an agency setting and is perhaps the most influential factor in the consolidation of a professional identity.
Decisions regarding field placement are made by the Field Work Coordinator based on student input, academic and professional behavioral assessments, and discussions with social work faculty.
There are a variety of agency settings used as field placements where students integrate academic learning with practice experience. The college is fortunate to have a broad variety of field placement sites with very dedicated professionals who are willing to give their time and expertise in helping our students become beginning social work practitioners