In accordance with the university transition plan all Social Work department faculty and staff are working remotely. Spring courses have shifted to an on-line format. Given the safety concerns associated with COVID-19 students participating in Spring field practicum ceased in-person field attendance on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
MSW Field Coordinator Contact Information:
Nancy Zamora, LCSW, PPSC
Phone: (209) 667-3776
Office: DBH 122B
Four semesters of supervised field practicum in a social work agency is part of the core curriculum. Students are expected to be in their placements during the agency's normal hours of operation. No credit is given for life experience or previous work experience. Field practicum is a central component of social work education. The practicum provides comprehensive supervised practice experience, which consolidates content presented in the classroom. The practicum provides students with the opportunity to apply foundation knowledge, skills, values and ethics, and practice skills to enhance the well being of people and ameliorate environmental conditions that adversely affect people. It is essential for professional development that social work students demonstrate knowledge, values and skills of social work practice within the context of the practicum. Practicum placements provide students with a range of learning assignments encompassing areas of social work practice. The practicum is a supervised experience affording students the opportunity to develop a range of professional practice skills and to evaluate the effectiveness of their interventions.
Students must complete 250 Agency Field hours per semester (500 hours for each academic year), attend all seminars, and successfully complete the Learning Plan competencies in order to a receive a passing grade for SW5040 or SW5041. Students in the hybrid program complete 500 hours each summer. All students must complete a total of 1,000 field practicum hours.
For Title IV-E field questions email Jenell Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org. The placement process for the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program is different than traditional non-IV-E placements based on grant requirements and other particulars.
Stateside Field Resources
General questions regarding the stateside field program can emailed to email@example.com.
Hybrid Field Resources
Learning Plan & Evaluation Forms
Foundation Students (1st Year Placement)
- SW 5040 FOUNDATION Learning Plan & Evaluation.pdf (Fillable Adobe PDF)
- SW 5040 Foundation Learning Plan & Evaluation.doc (MS Word)
Advanced Students (2nd Year Placement)
- SW 5041 ADVANCED Learning Plan & Evaluation.pdf (Fillable Adobe PDF)
- SW 5041 Advanced Learning Plan & Evaluation.doc (MS Word)
To access and use the PDF learning plan you will need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have this program on your computer, you can download a free copy of the software from https://get.adobe.com/reader/
Employment-based Field Placement
Interns requesting an employer placement must review the following guidelines
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New Field Placement Agencies
Please complete the online Agency Field Placement Profile form.
- 30 Day Action Plan.pdf
- Agency Orientation Checklist.pdf
- Alternate Remote Learning Activities.pdf
- Consent for Release of Information.pdf
- Critical Reflection Log.pdf
- Intern Supervision Notes.pdf
- Keeping a Journal.pdf
- Learning Plan Advisement.pdf
- Process Recording Outline.pdf
- Suggested Learning Plan Activities.pdf