FIELD PRACTICUM IN THE SOCIAL WORK CURRICULUM

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					      FIELD PRACTICUM IN THE SOCIAL WORK CURRICULUM


A.          General Perspectives

      Field practicum is an independent and integral sequence of the Master of Social Work
       curriculum. By means of selected, organized opportunities, and guided by educational
       objectives, the field practicum seeks to validate, apply and integrate the knowledge,
       theories and concepts of the social work practice being learned throughout the
       curriculum. In this process, the student is engaged in experiential learning which
       requires him/her to bring together and to integrate for professional use: cognitive
       learning, professional values, and activities which will enhance skill and critical analysis
       of social work practice.

      Field practicum takes place in selected and approved agencies and centers which
       represent a wide range of social services. These field placements are approved on the
       basis of the quality of their professional practice, their commitment to addressing social
       work problems, and material resources available. Field instruction is provided by field
       instructors who may be agency employees, qualified contract social workers, or faculty
       members of the School of Social Work. Field instructors must meet the School of Social
       Work standards as detailed in this Manual. All approved field instructors are considered
       by the School of Social Work to be educators rather than supervisors when working with
       the students. Field instructors must be approved by both the agency providing the
       placement and the School of Social Work.

      The field instruction process is selective, organized, sequential and individualized within
       the framework of a particular social service agency and in congruence with the goals and
       expectations of the school. This educational process is expected to include:
           1. direct interventions with individuals, families and non-related groups;
           2. 2) indirect practice interventions enabling social, organizational or
               institutional change;
           3. 3) diversity of modalities, populations, treatment issues; and
           4. 4) range of theoretical and teaching methodologies and models.
       All these are to be presented and practiced within an environment of appropriate
       professional values and ethics.

      Field practicum provides for building on previous life and work experience as well as for
       the development of new areas of professional competence. During this process, a mutual
       effort is undertaken by the student, the field instructor, the agency and the faculty field
       liaison to maximize learning within the opportunities available.

      Each placement in field practicum is made on an individual basis which takes into
       consideration the following: stipend requirements, if any; geographic location; previous
       experiences; future goals and professional interests; and special needs.
      Though field experiences vary with agency-specific circumstances, they must meet
       school expectations and criteria, and they are monitored by designated faculty field
       liaisons who provide consultation and assistance for evaluation. The Field Practicum
       Coordinator is administratively responsible for all field assignments. The
      responsibilities and entitlement of all parties in field practicum (school, faculty field
      liaison, agency, field instructor, and student) are defined in the placement contract. In
      addition, the Field Practicum Manual incorporates the school's major administrative
      policies and procedures regarding field practicum. This Manual is used in the orientation
      of new field instructors and is available to all as a continuing reference.

B. Field Practicum Mission Statement

   The overall objective of the MSW field practicum is to prepare students for advanced
   clinical / direct social work practice. Students should have the ability to use a broad range
   of modalities in a variety of settings. This exposure and ability will be developed in
   harmony with the student’s future career plans. The Field Practicum Mission Statement
   supplements and is consistent with the Mission of the School of Social Work.

C. Field Practicum Objectives

   Upon completion of the graduate social work program, students will:

   1. have integrated the knowledge taught across all foundation curriculum areas with social
      work practice, within a supervised field practicum experience.

   2. demonstrate and promote personal and professional growth.

   3. have learned generalist practice skills with individuals, small groups, families,
      organizations and communities, demonstrating social and economic justice for
      populations at risk.

   4. have developed advanced clinical practice skills, including assessment, differential
      diagnosis and treatment.

   5. be able to incorporate social work values and ethics in dealing with conflicting issues
      and dilemmas.

   6. demonstrate sensitive intervention to and skills in dealing with religious, cultural and
      socially diverse groups, oppressed groups, ethnic minorities of color, women and
      persons with disabilities.

   7. understand and work within the structure, function, and policies of an agency service
      delivery system and understand how to promote change within that system.

   8. be able to critically examine and evaluate one’s own clinical social work practice.


D. Field Practicum Prerequisites

   Graduate students are expected to complete a series of Field Practicum Orientation seminars
   conducted Autumn quarter. The purpose of these seminars is to emphasize to Regular
   Standing (two-year) students the importance of field education in the social work curriculum
   and methods used for integrating course and field content. They also learn field practicum
   policies and procedures at the Walla Walla College School of Social Work as do Advanced
   Standing students who may have learned different procedures in their various undergraduate
   social work programs. Carefully selected topics on supervision, values and ethics, licensure,
   spirituality and practice, and a field practicum fair provide a learning base for students
   seeking a placement. MSW students in their foundation year begin their placement in their
   second quarter following basic generalist courses in:

   SOWK514 SOWK Historical Development of Social Welfare
   SOWK517 Social Work Practice
   SOWK524 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
   SOWK537 Social Work Research

   MSW students in their second year begin their placement upon completion of their first year
   field practicum or upon completion of a BSW degree with a 3.0 minimum GPA from an
   accredited social work program. Each MSW student interviews with the Field Practicum
   Coordinator to ensure their readiness and appropriateness for specific placements.

E. Student Placement and Monitoring

   Students begin the process for securing a field practicum placement upon acceptance into
   the graduate program. The Field Practicum Application form is sent to each student with the
   School of Social Work acceptance letter. Upon the receipt of the Field Practicum
   Application form and attached resume, the Field Practicum Coordinator contacts the student
   to begin discussing placement options. Agency Information Forms are filed in binders
   available to students who are seeking a placement. The agency selections chosen by the
   student are discussed with the Field Practicum Coordinator (see Process for Securing a Field
   Practicum Placement chart on p. 1). The Field Practicum Coordinator and student contact
   each agency and arrange for an interview with agency director or designee. If there is a
   match, the student is assigned to a faculty field liaison and placement begins. If there is not
   an appropriate match, the student and Field Practicum Coordinator meet and the above
   process is repeated.

   Foundation year students interview and are placed into a practicum winter quarter following
   first quarter classes, field practicum orientation seminars, and signing of Statement of
   Understanding contract which states they are familiar with pertinent areas of this Manual.
   Advanced standing students begin practicum the first quarter they are enrolled. All second
   year students enroll in field practicum concurrently with their second year practice classes.
   Students are monitored by the assigned faculty field liaison. The liaison meets with students
   at their agency twice the first quarter in a new placement and once each subsequent quarter.

   They meet more often when needed. The purpose of these visits is to discuss student
   progress and plan for their educational experiences. Students also attend an optional weekly
   Field Practicum Seminar conducted by the Field Practicum Coordinator.

F. Curriculum

   All students must take a core of foundation courses during the first year, except those who
   have completed the core curriculum at the undergraduate level and have been admitted with
   advanced standing. Advanced level students will begin their classes in the summer
      preceding the second year of the program, thereby completing the graduate program in four
      quarters instead of six quarters (two years). The program offers several areas of practice
      emphasis (see Field of Practice Electives list on next page). The Walla Walla College
      Graduate Bulletin contains a complete list of courses with descriptions and prerequisites for
      each.

       1. Required Courses
                                                                             Regular     Advanced
                                                                             Standing    Standing
       Core Courses First Year
       SOWK 510 Cultural and Ethnic Perspectives of Social Work                  3            3
       SOWK 514 Historical Development of Social Welfare                         3            -
       SOWK 517 Social Work Practice I: Individuals                              3            -
       SOWK 518 Social Work Practice II: Groups                                  3            -
       SOWK 519 Social Work Practice III: Families                               3            -
       SOWK 520 Social Work Practice IV: Communities                             2            -
       SOWK 524 Human Behavior and Social Environment I                          3            -
       SOWK 525 Human Behavior and Social Environment II                         3            -
       SOWK 530 Field Practicum                                                  6            -
       SOWK 537 Social Work Research                                             3            -
       SOWK 538 Research Applications in Social Work I                           1            -
       SOWK 539 Research Applications in Social Work II                          1            -
       SOWK 542 Dysfunctional Behavior in Clinical Social Work                   3            3

       Core Courses Second Year
       SOWK 508 Social Work and Religion                                         2            2
       SOWK 540 Advanced Clinical Evaluation or SOWK589                          3            3
       SOWK 589 Advanced Research Methods
       SOWK 541 Advanced Practice                                                3            3
       SOWK 544 Policy Analysis and Advocacy for Clinicians                      3            3
       SOWK 545 Advanced Clinical Treatment of Families                          3            3
       SOWK 530 Field Practicum                                                 12           12
       Electives to be chosen from Field of Practices List                      15           20

                                                                     Total      80           52




      2. Electives
                                FIELD OF PRACTICE ELECTIVES

Addictions                                                SOWK 562       Clinical Skills with Addictive
SOWK 377     Introduction to Alcohol and                                 Families
             Addiction Treatment                          Aging
SOWK 560     Clinical Treatment in Addictions             SOWK 531       Death and Dying
SOWK 561     Physiological Effects and                    SWOK 535       Social Gerontology
             Pharmacology of Alcohol and                  SOWK 554       Intergenerational Relationships
             Drugs                                        SOWK 571       Aging and Health Care
                                                 SOWK 571      Aging and Health Care
Child Welfare                                    SOWK 572      Clinical Treatment in Mental
SOWK 547      Children at Risk                                 Health
SOWK 550      Protective and Substitute Care     SOWK 575      Clinical Practice of Crisis
              of Children                                      Intervention
SOWK 551      Family Violence
SOWK 552      Clinical Treatment of Children     School Social Work
              and Adolescents                    SOWK 464      Children at Risk
SOWK 560      Clinical Treatment in Addictions   SOWK 550      Protective and Substitute Care
SOWK 580      Services to Families with                        of Children
              Children                           SOWK 551      Family Violence
                                                 SOWK 552      Clinical Treatment of Children
Children and Family                                            and Adolescents
SOWK 500      Topics: Clinical Issues in         SOWK 555      School Social Work
              Relationships
SOWK 546      Clinical Treatment in Sexual       Theory
              Abuse                              SOWK 466      Comparative Theories of Social
SOWK 547      Children at Risk                                 Work Practice
SOWK 550      Protective and Substitute Care     SOWK 557      Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
              of Children                        SOWK 558      Cognitive and Behavioral
SOWK 551      Family Violence                                  Therapies for Social Workers
SOWK 552      Clinical Treatment of Children     SOWK 559      Reality Therapy
              and Adolescents                    SOWK 566      Object Relations Theory
SOWK 554      Intergenerational Relationships    SOWK 568      Gestalt Therapy
SOWK 556      Play Therapy
SOWK 562      Clinical Skills with Addictive
              Families

General
SOWK 471       Human Sexuality
SOWK 500       Topics: Interpersonal
               Communication for Social
               Workers
SOWK 543       Social Work Administration and
               Management
SOWK 553       Legal Aspects of Social Work
               Practice
SOWK 563       Grantsmanship
SOWK 567       Self-care for Social Workers
SOWK 573       Advanced Groupwork
SOWK 574       Social Work Supervision
SOWK 578       Stress Management
SOWK 579       Directed Research/Project
SOWK 589       Advanced Research Methods in
               Social Work
SOWK 590       Thesis

Health and Mental Health
SOWK 551     Family Violence
SOWK 570     Social Work Practice in a
             Medical Setting
                       Walla Walla College School of Social Work Graduate Curriculum Plan
                         All Classes are scheduled two days a week. Part time students may schedule classes for one day a week.
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Sequence         1 Year Required Courses                                                2nd Year & Advanced Standing Required Courses
Areas:
Practice         Social Work       Social Work       Social Work       Social Work      (Dysfunctional    Advanced          Advanced
                 Practice I        Practice II       Practice III      Practice IV      Behavior must     Practice          Clinical
                 (Individuals)     (Groups)          (Families)        (Communities     be taken before   (You must be in   Treatment of
                                                                       &                or with           Practicum while   Families
                                                                       Organizations)   Advanced          taking this
                                                                                        Practice)         class)
Research         Social Work       Research          Research                                                               Advanced
                 Research          Applications in   Applications in                                                        Clinical
                                   Social Work I     Social Work II                                                         Evaluation
                                                                                                                            (You must be in
                                                                                                                            Practicum while
                                                                                                                            taking this
                                                                                                                            class)
Policy           Historical                                                             Policy Analysis
                 Development of                                                         and Advocacy
                 Social Welfare                                                         for Clinicians
Human            Human             Human                                                Dysfunctional
Behavior         Behavior & the    Behavior & the                                       Behavior
                 Social            Social                                               (may be taken
                 Environment I     Environment II                                       1st year)
Non-Sequence     Cultural &                                                             Social Work &     Cultural &        Electives            Electives
courses          Ethnic                                                                 Religion          Ethnic            Minimum of 5
                 Perspectives                                                           (may be taken     Perspectives      credits must be
                 (may be taken                                                          1st year)                           clinical practice;
                 2nd year)                                                                                                  one must be a
                                                                                                                            theory course
                                                                                                                            (t)*
Field Practicum                         Field Practicum Field Practicum Field Practicum Field Practicum Field Practicum     Field Practicum Field Practicum
*this information can be found in the graduate bulletin
            Credit Distribution is as follows:                               Regular Standing (2 year program)  Advanced Standing (1 year program)
            Required Courses                                                                47                                 20
            Advanced Clinical Practice Electives (one must be a “t” course)                  5                                  5
            Other Electives (may be Adv. Clinical Practice or General)                      10                                 15
            Field Practicum                                                                 18                                 12
            Total                                                                       80 Credits                          52 credits
G. Integration with Courses

    Field instruction provides the opportunity for the student to engage in selected
   and organized activities--with or on behalf of clients--that apply the social work
   skills, knowledge and values learned in the classroom. These include: knowledge
   about social welfare programs and issues, the dynamics of human behavior,
   relevant social work research, methods of service delivery, and intervention skills
   and strategies.

    Integration is, and should be, a two-way process that flows in both directions.
   On one hand, field practicum is expected to provide both "in vivo" experiences
   relevant to academic content, and the student is expected to share course
   information with the field instructor for the purposes of planning and integration.
   Field instructors are given an orientation to the School of Social Work curriculum
   and are provided with course outlines, syllabi, assignment requirements, etc., as
   needed.

    Under supervision, students function as practitioners assuming full professional
   responsibility for the service they provide to clients and client systems.

    student is expected to utilize relevant field material in course work through
     The
   class discussion and case presentations. These must be accompanied by two
   precautions:
       1) the protection of client confidentiality; and
       2) avoidance of the class instructor "supervising" the student's field case.

    order to make possible integration of learning in concurrent field and class,
     In
   constant collaboration between agency and school is necessary. Administrators,
   field instructors, classroom teachers, students and faculty field liaisons need to
   share in, and have time for, those activities which will enhance the quality of the
   total educational program.

    Master of Social Work student enrolls in field practicum as part of the first
    The
   and second year core requirement.


H. Administrative Standards

   1. Attendance

   The student is expected to be in attendance in the agency on days designated for
   the field and to observe agency hours and schedules. Absences must be promptly
   reported and must be made up to meet the required number of clock hours in field
   practicum. Extended absences must be discussed by the field instructor with the
   student's faculty field liaison. The field practicum schedule follows the college
   calendar; therefore, school holidays which fall on field days do not have to be
   made up, but agency holidays which are not observed by the college do. The
   agency may not require the student to be in placement on a non-field day.
   Variations in schedule--evening or extended hours and/or make-up time--are to be
   negotiated individually with the field instructor.

   Students are expected to complete the clock hours for the number of credits
   they have registered for spread equally across the quarter. Any exceptions
   must first be approved by the Field Practicum Coordinator. (See Appendix G for
   Field Practicum Time Sheet.)

   2. College Credit

   During the first year, the student registers for field practicum for which tuition
   must be paid according the number of credits they register. In the second year,
   the number of credits (and corresponding tuition) is increased because of the
   increased number of hours spent in field practicum. The student may register for
   a limited number of field credits during the summer preceding the second year.

   The awarding of a grade is recommended by the field instructor and assigned by
   the faculty field liaison at the end of each quarter, but must be approved by the
   Field Practicum Coordinator. In order to receive credit for field practicum, the
   student must not only meet school field objectives, but must also satisfy
   placement agency requirements.

   The student is formally evaluated at the end of each quarter in three areas: 1)
   as a learner, 2) as a practitioner, and 3) in relation to the agency, community and
   profession. Objectives for students in the field practicum are defined in the Field
   Practicum Manual. Formal evaluations are shared with the school and constitute
   the basis for awarding a grade. The student is also evaluated informally by the
   field instructor throughout the course of the practicum, and participates
   actively in the process. Satisfactory performance in both the beginning and
   advanced--first and second year--field practicum is required for all students
   earning the MSW degree.

I. Agency - School of Social Work Relationship

   It is in the interest of both the School of Social Work and community social
   service agencies to affiliate as partners in the process of social work education.
   The School receives the advantage of on-site practical education for students in
   agency settings as part of the total MSW curriculum. Agencies gain access to new
   and developing knowledge, research, and practice wisdom from contact with
   students and faculty.

   In this two-way process, each has responsibilities to the other as noted below:
   1. The School of Social Work's Responsibility to the Agency:

       a. Consults on the assignments of students to the agency to ensure
          appropriate learning
          opportunities for students that also fit the agency's service functions.

       b. Provides the field instructor with information about the student, the
          curriculum, and school policies; assists the field instructor through
          consultation and conferences.

       c. Designates a member of the faculty to serve as liaison to the agency.

       d. Plans periodic meetings for field instructors and faculty to integrate field
          instruction with the total curriculum.

       e. Informs field instructors of their privileges within the college community
          (i.e., library use).

       f. Provides formal training to new field instructors.

    2. The Agency's Responsibility to the School of Social Work:

       a. Agrees to provide an environment free of discrimination for students in
          field practicum with regard to race, color, gender, age, creed, ethnic or
          national origin, disability, or political or sexual orientation.

       b. Recognizes students as developing professionals who should not be
          assigned to inappropriate tasks.

       c. Provides a qualified field instructor who has sufficient time and resources
          to develop student learning experiences; prepare and conduct individual
          student conferences; attend school-sponsored meetings; and prepare
          quarterly evaluations.

       d. Provides adequate facilities / equipment appropriate to the student's needs.

   To formalize the relationship between the School of Social Work and each
   participating field agency, a Statement of Understanding agreement is attested to
   by appropriate representatives of the School and the Agency. (See Appendix M)


J. Human Diversity

 Considering human diversity in field practicum education is a key dimension in
  promoting the success of students in social work. Designing a field practicum
  program sensitive to diversities in the following areas: Race, ethnic, cultural,
   class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, physical/mental ability, age and
   national origin, involves careful examination of the placement process, the agency
   context and the role of field instructor, faculty field liaison and student.

 Giving attention to prevalent themes about human diversity enhances the
  educational assessment and the planned learning opportunities for the student.
  Supporting the strengths of the minority culture provides a foundation upon which
  students can master new learning.

 It is through field practicum education that students are exposed to an affirmative
  approach to human diversity centered on universally accepted values and goals of
  social work including: the support of diversity, the uniqueness of the individual,
  the concept of interdependence and the commitment of serving. This approach is
  utilized in broad based activities in both the classroom and agency.