INTRODUCTION TO FIELD PROGRAMS FOR PLACEMENTS BEGINNING WITH THE SUMMER 2009 SEMESTER FIELD PROGRAM STAFF Roberta Hanus Sue Loeher Katie Mangan Jerry Rousseau Wendy Volz Daniels Barbara Teske-Young Jeanne Wagner, Field Program Director FIELD PROGRAM WEBSITE All Field Program forms, policies, and procedures can be accessed on the Social Work Field Program website @ http://www.uwm.edu/SSW/NewFieldWork/ index.htm INTRODUCTIONS AND DEFINITIONS INTRODUCTIONS Provide name Indicate whether an undergraduate or graduate Identify area of Social Work Practice Interest DEFINITIONS Field Placement Field Agency Field Instructor Field Liaison FIELD APPLICATION PARTS & FORMS Field Application Components: Please read and follow all instructions! Part I Part II Background Information Disclosure Form Authorization and Release Form Exemption Form (optional) Cashier’s check or money order for $40.00 $25 for background check $15 for student liability coverage $40 (total) Caregiver Background Check All students entering a practicum are required to have a Wisconsin “Caregiver Background Check” for: Charges of criminal activity. Child / elder abuse or neglect. Students who resided outside of Wisconsin since their 18th birthday will need to complete an “Out-of-State Background Check” as part of the application process. “Out-of-State Background Check” forms can be obtained from Colleen Giaimo / Enderis 1075 / 414-229-6526 / firstname.lastname@example.org OVERVIEW OF PLACEMENT PROCESS Access electronic application forms from the SW Field Program website under either “BSW Program” or “MSW Program.” Please read and follow all instructions. All parts & forms must be typed / computer prepared. Complete Parts 1 & 2 and all forms of the application. Provide an original signature and date on Parts 1 & 2 and all forms. OVERVIEW OF PLACEMENT PROCESS Save a copy of Parts 1 & 2 in your computer documents file. Part 1 will be either faxed or sent as an e-mail attachment to prospective Field Agencies along with an interview request. Submit 2 copies of Part 1 and 1 copy of Part 2 and all remaining forms along with a cashier’s check or money order for $40 to the SW Field Office / Enderis 1075. Schedule an interview with selected Field Liaison to review your application and discuss placement interests. Your interview will be scheduled at a time consistent with the time table for the specific agency placement you are requesting. INTERVIEW WITH FIELD LIAISON Field Liaison will review the field application with student. Revisions may be required. Discuss any concerns or special placement needs. Gather information about possible field placement sites in your identified Social Work Practice Area. Let the Field Liaison know of any Field Agencies you are interested in. Students are not to arrange their own placement. Discuss any “hits” on your Background Check. Background Check results with a “conviction” will be mailed to the Field Agency after a student is accepted for a placement. OVERVIEW OF PLACEMENT PROCESS Part 1 of the application is either faxed or sent as an e-mail attachment to prospective field agencies along with a request for an interview. Student is notified to contact the Field Agency to arrange an in-person interview. Student schedules an interview with the Field Agency. Interview should be scheduled in a timely manner. FIELD AGENCY INTERVIEW The interview with a Field Agency is a two-way process. The Field Agency interviews the student. The student interviews the Field Agency. Refer to “Interviewing Tips” on the Field Dept. website. Gather information about the Field Agency and the field placement from the Field Liaison and the Field Agency website. Review the list of questions you may be asked. Review the list of questions you may want to ask. Know the location of the Field Agency and parking arrangements. Bring a copy of Part 1 of your application and a note pad and pen. Dress professionally. Timeliness counts. FIELD AGENCY INTERVIEW Discuss any “convictions” on your Background Check during the latter part of the Field Agency interview if you decide you want a practicum with the agency. Background Check results with a conviction will be mailed to the agency after a student accepts an offer of a field practicum. Student completes the interview with the Field Agency with plans to follow-up with the Field Agency representative. Student contacts all involved Field Liaisons to provide an update on the status of each interview with a Field Agency. Student follows-up with all involved Field Agency representatives and all Field Liaisons when a final placement decision has been made. PART 1 OF THE FIELD APPLICATION Review the “Social Work Practice Areas” section to determine your practice area of interest. http://www.uwm.edu/SSW/NewFieldWork/index.htm Children and Youth Behavioral Health (Mental Health & AODA) School Social Work Medical Social Work Criminal Justice Gerontology Community Outreach / Case Management Macro-Practice PART 1 OF THE FIELD APPLICATION Refer to the "Liaison Selection Template" to determine which Field Liaison has the agency assignments for your practice area of interest and geographic location. Check the box with the name of this Field Liaison. Be specific & inclusive when describing Specific Duties / Responsibilities on the section for “Social Work and Human Service Employment” on Part I. List all professional training, academic courses, workshops, in-services… that are relevant to social work practice on the last section of Part I. APPLICATION PROCESS REMINDERS Following the acceptance of a field placement, the student should not continue to explore additional placement possibilities. Upon acceptance of a field placement, student is to contact all other involved Field Agencies and Field Liaisons to inform them of the placement decision and to thank them for their involvement. Three failed interviews with Field Agencies requires an assessment and recommendation from the Field Liaison regarding the student’s continuation in the Field Education Program. PRE-PLACEMENT PROCESS When you have accepted a placement, contact the Field Agency to inquire about any pre-placement requirements: Field Agency orientation program Medical examination and / or TB skin test Drug testing Field Agency Caregiver Background Check Proof of driver’s license and auto insurance Confidentiality acknowledgement Professional references FIELD EDUCATION COURSE REGISTRATION Please make sure to register on PAWS for the correct Field Course number and section. Graduate students entering a field placement in the Summer 2009 semester with in the IV-E Child Welfare Program should register for that Field Course under Section 102 listed with Susan Loeher as Instructor. All other graduate students entering a field placement in the Summer 2009 should register under Section 001. If you have any questions about registering for your Field Course, contact your selected Field Liaison for assistance. CLINICAL PLACEMENTS Clinical Mental Health / Behavioral Health Placements are often requested by graduate students. Advanced level students (821 / 822) are generally given preference for clinical placements. The Field Department cannot guarantee a clinical placement for all student requests due to the limited number of these placements and high competition for these placements within the HBSSW and other Wisconsin Social Work and Psychology Programs. REASONS FOR NOT BEING ACCEPTED FOR A PLACEMENT Students may not be accepted for placement by a Field Agency as a result of: Failed TB skin test. Negative results in a health physical. Positive drug test. Criminal and / or Caregiver Background problems. Competition with other placement applicants. Poor presentation during the Field Agency interview. ORIENTATION TO FIELD PROGRAMS Students entering a field placement in the Summer 2009 semester are required to attend one of the following two mandatory “Orientation to Field Programs” Wednesday / May 20th, 2009 / 11AM – 1 PM or Thursday / May 21st, 2009 / 4 – 6 PM The locations for these presentations will be e-mailed to you through your UW-Milwaukee e-mail account. ON-LINE FIELD AGENCY RESOURCE LISTING A listing of Field Agencies is available on the website for the Social Work Field Department. To access… Click on Agency Placements on the menu. Click on Student Field Placement Search. Click on County and then Practice Area. Field Liaisons will provide information about prospective Field Agencies to students during the Field Liaison Interview. Please list any agencies you want your Field Liaison to contact for a potential placement on Part 2 of your Field Application. New Field Placement Opportunity in Gerontology MSW Field Placement in Gerontology through the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education / HPPAE For Milwaukee Area Placements A specialized field education model designed to train graduate social work students to work with older adults in Milwaukee area. Field students rotate through multiple field settings gaining exposure to different care settings & a broad spectrum of life phases. Financial stipends are available for this field program. For more information, contact Roberta Hanus, Field Liaison 414-229-6026 / email@example.com New Field Practicum with Stipend Graduate Social Work Student Fellowship Beginning with the Summer 2009 Semester Agape Community Center in Milwaukee Minimum 3 semester commitment required. $1,333 stipend per semester. Social Work Field Practicum Work involves: Promoting home ownership in Thurston Woods Engaging neighbors in projects to strengthen neighborhood image and community pride For more information, contact Jeanne Wagner, Field Program Director at 414-229-6501 or firstname.lastname@example.org SPECIAL SUMMER 2009 FIELD PLACEMENT OPTIONS AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES Women & Public Policy Internship in Washington, DC / one semester for BSW & MSW students. May 26 - July 31, 2009. Special application required. Special International Summer Programs – three to six BSW or MSW credits Bristol International Credit-Earning Program (BICEP) in England July 2 - 16, 2009. Intensive Spanish for Social Work Practice in Costa Rico May 23 - June 13, 2009. Upper Austria Summer Course in Social Work or Criminal Justice July 5 - 19, 2009. For more information, contact Jeanne Wagner, SW Field Program Director 414-229-6501 / email@example.com or Go to the SW Field Dept. website and click on “International Education” Information Sessions on International Educational Opportunities Tuesday - February 3, 2009 Enderis Hall - Denemark Lounge England………….12:00 - 12:30 PM Austria…………...12:30 - 1:00 PM Costa Rica………...1:00 - 1:30 PM Pizza / soda provided. RSVP by 01-30-2009 to firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday - February 4, 2009 Enderis Hall – Room 1080 Austria……………..4:00 - 4:30 PM England……………4:30 - 5:00 PM Costa Rica………...5:00 - 5:30 PM No pizza / soda for this session FIELD PLACEMENTS OFFER MANY OPPORTUNITIES FIELD PLACEMENT = OPPORTUNITIES NEW CHALLENGES. PROFESSIONAL GROWTH. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. EMPLOYMENT POSSIBILITIES. NEW RELATIONSHIPS.