Code & Name

SW589A - Applied Learning in Field Education I

Course Description

This Social Work Field Education Course (SW 589 A) is the first of a two-semester, sequenced course designed to provide students with a supervised foundation practice experience in a social service agency/organization. The field education practicum includes experiential learning in social work skills for multi-level and multi-sector practice in a generalist practice setting. The seminar introduces the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, the World Health Organization’s Definition of Health and the International Federation of Social Workers’ Policy Statement on Health into discussions of how resource equity, social justice and universal health and healthcare across the lifespan effects work with client systems. Students complete 200 hours in the agency/ organization setting.  Students will receive a minimum of 1 hour of weekly, individual field education instruction from an MSW level social worker. Students are expected to abide by The Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers in their practice with clients and agencies/organizations. The seminar provides students with an opportunity to discuss and react on professional social work issues from their field education experience regarding assessment, specific interventions with client systems and the application of practice theories. Students use the seminar to monitor their own learning experience and their progress in attaining their professional goals with respect to people’s membership in groups and communities distinguished by class, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, and culture while honoring each person’s individuality