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Field Education in Social Work

Practicum placement is a structured self-selection process. Students participate in a planning process designed to help clarify their goals and interests and to assess their readiness to begin practicum. Students are required to attend mandatory practicum planning meetings that are held during the semester prior to starting their first practicum. These meetings assist the student with selection of the practicum site and development of the learning agreement. Student complete an application for the practicum and meet with their assigned faculty advisor to ensure that all academic requirements for starting practicum have been completed. Students are encouraged to attend the annual practicum and career fair to learn about potential placements sites.

To learn more, please visit the BSW and MSW Field Education Program pages.

BSW student Donna Vanover

Assistant Director of Field Education, Courtney McDermott with
BSW student Donna Vanover at the
St. Louis County Justice Center.
Donna decorated the window to raise awareness that
April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month,
Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Crime Victims Month.

The Ultimate Field Education Guide

By Author Danielle Doskocil with Expert Contributor Betsy Voshel
This guide covers such topics as Preparing for Placements, Finding Your True Calling, and Surviving as a Student in the Field