Students will be able to:
1. Critically assess field experiences and give and receive both support and criticism.
2. To use the values and ethics of the social work profession as a guide for practice.
3. To recognize personal values, characteristics, patterns of interaction, preferences and
culturally influenced beliefs and to understand ways in which personal identity can be used
to promote or hinder effective, ethical, social work practice.
4. To show commitment to social justice and non-discrimination in service delivery on behalf
of oppressed groups including racial/ethnic minorities, the aged, women, and others who
are systematically disadvantaged.
5. To understand the institutional nature of social welfare in our society, the networks by
which social services are delivered, and the processes by which social policy and programs
are formulated; to assess the need for, and to influence change in, this system to better meet the needs of clients.
6. To demonstrate basic knowledge, understanding, and skill in applying the methods of
social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
7. To know and understand the commonalities in human development through the life cycle in
addition to variations in development, behavior, and social interaction due to individual and cultural diversity in our pluralistic society.
8. To use the basic approaches and tools of systematic inquiry in a variety of practice settings.
9. To demonstrate continued professional growth through systematic self-evaluation, positive participation in the supervisory process, self-initiated efforts to keep abreast of the
expanding social work knowledge base, and affiliation with professional colleagues.
10. To work within a structured delivery system in a manner that simultaneously meets the
needs of clients and fulfills the functions of the service system, while holding oneself
accountable to the values, standards, and ethics of the profession.
1. Class Participation
2. Performance evaluation in agency.
A LEARNING CONTRACT which outlines your goals and objectives for your field placement (see materials on reserve) to be developed in consultation with your field instructor. If, during the year, you feel you need to re-negotiate this contract, the field instructor should be involved. You will be graded on your progress toward meeting the objectives of your learning contract.
a.. Field Supervisor=s evaluation of your performance and professional growth.
b. Your evaluation of your placement supervisor and agency.
2. Field Logs: Student documentation of activities performed in agency
Students must complete a minimum of 200 hours in the Practicum during the semester, and these hours must be verified by the Field Instructor. Completion of these 200 hours must occur no later than the end of Week 14.
GRADING AND DUE DATES
A point system will be used to determine the course grade, based on the following performance criteria:
Class Participation 100 possible
Performance in Agency Setting (Due Week 15) 200 possible
TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS 300 points
300-267 points = A
266-233 points = B
232-199 points = C
Students receiving 198 points or less will receive a failing grade.
The Field Instructor=s Evaluation Form (Field Manual, appendix C) will be used by the social work faculty in evaluating the student=s overall performance. Dimensions rated will be: values, practice knowledge and skills, personal/professional self and development, and communication skills. The following ratings on the evaluation form will determine the points you receive
90% of ratings are five = A or 200 points
90% of ratings are four = B or 160 points
90% of ratings are three = C or 100 points
A field grade less than C is considered failing and the practicum will have to be repeated.
Field Practicum and Seminar I is structured to be developed by students and faculty to meet the needs of the particular students in field each semester. Participation is therefore essential. Students are expected to
come prepared to discuss issues, questions and/or concerns related to agency placement. The seminar
provides an opportunity for students to share experiences, to gain feedback on their performance and to
develop strategies for dealing with problems which may arise. Students have the responsibility to help the seminar work. The faculty are resource persons and as such, structure and facilitate discussion and share suggestions.
Each unexcused absence will result in subtraction of 50 points from the student's accumulated total at the end of the course. An absence will be considered officially excused if the student:
a. Presents a written excuse from the Office of Student Affairs.
b. Presents a written excuse from a physician.
c. Presents written documentation of attending a mandatory function (e.g., basketball team, band, etc.).
d. Obtains permission from the instructor in advance of the absence.