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					Student Field Application
      Information
Introduction to Field Education
The purpose: to provide hands-on experiential
educational opportunities so that students will
develop:
• Professional identity
• Self understanding
• Competent practice
          Student Requirements

Students must:

   • Be enrolled in concurrent practice methods
     course
   • Complete 16 hours a week x 15 weeks = 240
     hours each semester
   • Hours are to be accomplished during normal
     weekday work hours at the agency
   • Access from web and read the Field Education
     Manual
   Student Requirements
• Return completed packet by the posted deadline, this
 includes:
        field application
         signed statement of understanding
         release of information
         resume
• Graduate students attend 10 hours integrative seminar
   each semester, concurrent with placement
 • Undergraduate students attend one hour per week in
   an on campus integrative seminar
  Student Responsibility

• Make decisions about type of placement
 desired
• Make decisions about preferred location of
 placement
• Arrange life and work schedule to include 16
 hours for field during the work week
• Submit field application packet by the posted
 deadline
Importance of timely and complete
     application submission

  •Application packets received by the deadline
  will be attended to first.
  • Late or incomplete packets may be
  disadvantaged in terms of placement options.
    Traditional Placement Process
• Student’s field application packet is reviewed by the field
  coordinator
• Student is notified of match and provided with agency
  contact information
• Agency is sent student’s resume
• Student contacts agency to set up an interview
• Student should prepare as if it were a job interview
• Student and field instructor meet to determine the
  goodness of fit (covering the points listed on the Placement
  Confirmation form)
• Placement Confirmation form is signed by student and
  field instructor at conclusion of interview - accepting or
  rejecting match, and returned to the Field Office
Employment-Related Placement Process
  • Agency must meet criteria and approve of student
    placement
  • Student must be employed (full-time) with the agency
  • Work supervisor can not act as field instructor
  • 16 hour weekly requirement is divided as follows:
      8 hours in current position with tasks defined for
             educational purposes
      8 hours in separate department/unit
  • Review the Employment-Related Placement Policy in
    the Field Manual at socialwork.msu.edu and the
    Employment-Related Plan form under Student
    Resources.
           Final Note

• All materials must be received prior to
  beginning field placement.
• Students should not solicit placements
  without the permission of a field
  coordinator.
• We look forward to working with you!
              Resources
School of Social Work - Field Education Website
            socialwork.msu.edu
       then click on Field Education

     Field Education Manual and Student Field
                  Application Form
             are available on the website.
Field Coordinator Contact Information
Julie A. Navarre, LMSW
Lead Field Coordinator
517-432-3722 navarre@msu.edu
Leisa A. Fuller, LMSW
East Lansing Program Field Coordinator
517-353-8631 fullerle@msu.edu
Cori L. Denay, LMSW, ACSW
Flint/Oakland/Saginaw Programs Field Coordinator
989-414-0470 denaycor@msu.edu
Cheryl Williams-Hecksel, MSSW, LMSW, ACSW
Statewide Program Field Coordinator
517-432-1659 will1534@msu.edu

				
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