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Welcome from the Field Director

While in your fieldwork placement, you will develop your professional identification as a social worker and begin your journey toward becoming a social work practitioner. Our mission is to nurture social work students as each learns to become a practitioner, dedicated to serving at-risk individuals, groups, families and communities.

The Field Instruction Division welcomes you, the students and Field Instructors. This is the beginning of a journey you will take with the faculty of Jane Addams College of Social Work. By the end of this journey you will have acquired a knowledge base and skills necessary to enter social service networks with the capacity to improve the living conditions and the lives of the individuals and families within the communities we serve.

Barbara C. Coats AM LCSW
Director of Field Instruction

Process for Applying for Field Placement

Welcome to Jane Addams College of Social Work

The primary purpose of field work is to enable students to develop competence in practice skills within the framework of social work values and ethics. The field internship provides opportunities for students to perform practice behaviors under the supervision of MSW. Fieldwork is the vehicle through which you will encounter your client systems: individuals, groups, families, communities, and organizations. You will learn new professional roles, develop practice skills, acquire a professional knowledge base and have an opportunity to encounter a wide range of experiences during your fieldwork. In developing your professional skills, you will work in partnership with a variety of client systems, agencies and agency based field instructors, the classroom and field faculty of Jane Addams College.

Goals of JACSW Field Instruction

  1. To educate professional personnel to provide social services in urban areas.
  1. To provide opportunities for students to acquire and demonstrate the competencies and practice behaviors of the foundation curriculum and the advanced standing concentrations.
  1. To provide opportunities for assessment of student performance in the field.

The college prepares MSW students with advanced practice behaviors in one of the four concentrations. MSW education is composed of two parts: foundation and advanced concentration:  generalist education for practice (the first year of the MSW program for full-time students) and education for advanced practice in a concentration (the second year of the MSW program for full-time students).

Field Agency Role

The College has a long-standing relationship with a number of agencies throughout the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Agencies are chosen on the basis of their professional standards, the variety of their programs, and their commitment to ethnic and racial populations, the economically oppressed, women, sexual minorities.

  1. Provide instructors who meet the basic requirements of the Jane Addams College of Social Work, that field instructors possess at least two years of post-MSW experience and have been employed at the agency for at least one year.
  2. Provide adequate office space, telephone, and support services to assist the student’s field instruction in the agency.
  3. Include students in appropriate staff meetings and in-service staff development programs.
  4. Assign as appropriate, culturally and racially diverse clientele to students as well as other at-risk urban clientele to meet college requirements.

Faculty Field Liaison Role

             A faculty field liaison will be assigned to you. The faculty field liaison is a full-time clinical faculty member who is responsible to the director of the field instruction division. Faculty field liaisons have contact with each field instructor, work with students in selection of their field placements, and monitor the learning of students in the field.

Field Instructor Role

Teach content in areas of curriculum as specified in the evaluations. Develop a learning plan reflecting the students’ and instructors’ expectations and goals for the year. Plan a diversified range of learning experiences to enable each student to achieve the field instruction competencies as defined by the learning plan. Assess each student’s performance, capacity, learning patterns, needs and progress to facilitate the individualization of planned learning experiences. Provide regularly scheduled weekly supervisory, individual and/or group sessions (minimum of one hour weekly) to assure continuity in the teaching of content and the administrative review of performance. Provide and review with the student written evaluation of student learning and performance. Consult with the assigned faculty field liaison regarding educational planning, assignments, and student progress. Recommend grade to field faculty. Assist in the students’ critical evaluation of their own practice.

Student Role

Selection of field placements – Every effort is made to provide placements that meet the student’s educational needs and career plans. Students are expected to participate in the selection of their field placements.

Exemplify professional behavior including:

  1. Prompt and regular attendance on all field days.
  2. Conformity with conventions of dress and other norms of field agency.
  3. Submission of all administrative material promptly in accordance with agency needs and requirements.
  4. Use field time only for field instruction activities.
  5. Completion of field responsibilities during assigned field instruction time.

Demonstrate commitment to own educational program by:

  1. Participation in identification of learning needs.
  2. Preparation for supervisory conferences including the preparation and study of agendas and the submission of appropriate materials prior to conferences.
  3. Using supervision to identify client system needs and determine appropriate intervention techniques.
  4. Seeking opportunities for a broad based practice which includes services to populations-at-risk, culturally and racially diverse clientele including the economically oppressed, gender and sexual orientation.
  5. Continued use of evaluating own practice with a variety of client systems.

Use agency materials according to the ethical standards established by the agency and the National Association of Social Workers.

To protect confidentiality, students must obtain permission from the field instructor or other agency personnel before using agency records, cases, or reports in class.

*The student intern cannot transport clients.

*The student intern cannot accept employment at the field site while completing his/her internship.

*Internship is a course requirement for completing an MSW program.

Process for Placement

 As a first-year foundation student, a faculty field liaison will visit you at the agency during the academic year. The faculty field liaison will also be available to answer any questions, address any concerns via phone, email, or meeting with you. The faculty field liaison will receive all of your paperwork related to your field placement. In order to successfully complete this coming year, you will:

  1. Work with a field faculty member to secure a field placement for the academic year.
  2.  Complete 450 clock hours in field instruction for the year.
  3.  Register for specific field instruction courses: fall – SocW 570 and spring – SocW571. Note: Students are not permitted to begin a field placement until officially registered through the University.
  4.  Submit all required evaluations, learning assignments, and field forms in a timely manner.

IMPORTANT!

The process of field placement cannot begin until the field instruction office receives your

Foundation Field Instruction Questionnaire.

Step 1

To assist you with field placement, it is important that the Field Division be familiar with your past and present work experiences, volunteer history, future goals, and the populations you are interested in working with over the next two years. Complete the Foundation Field Instruction Questionnaire. This is an electronic form located at: www.socialwork.uic.edu  under Field Instruction Placement Forms on the Field Instruction page. Save the form to your desktop, fill it out and save again before returning it. The form will not save if you fill it out from our website page. Return the form as soon as possible to the email listed on the form. If you have difficulties with the electronic form, print it out and mail it to the address on the form.

Step 2

Once your Foundation Field Instruction Questionnaire is received by the Field Instruction Office, a faculty field liaison will contact you to schedule a time to meet with you. The faculty field liaison will contact the field agency first. After meeting with your faculty field liaison, you will be given one or two agencies to contact. Please note the following tips, which may be helpful in this process:

  1. When you call the agency contact person, identify yourself as a foundation year or first year  student with Jane Addams College of Social Work.
  1. Inform the contact that you are interested in interviewing for a field placement with the agency, and ask if the agency has any available field placements for MSW students.   (Remember, other students from Jane Addams and other area universities are also in the process of interviewing for field placements.)
  1. Set up an interview time. If you have difficulty reaching the agency contact person or the placement will not work out for any other reason, please contact the faculty field liaison working with you for further instructions.
  1. The interview process for obtaining a field placement is very similar to a job interview.  Be prepared to submit a resume. You may be asked to submit more, such as a writing sample.
  1. Even if you do not live in the Chicago area, contact the recommended agency. Tell the agency contact that you live out of state, and schedule a phone interview or an interview for when you will be in Chicago.
  1. Keep your faculty field liaison informed about your progress throughout this process.
  1. Contact the agencies you interviewed with that you did not select for field placement and thank them for their consideration.

** If you know of an agency in the Chicago area that interests you and is not on the list, please inform the field faculty member before contacting the agency directly. There are certain qualifications that agencies must meet in order to be considered a proper site. The field faculty member can inquire about their qualifications.

Step 3

Once you have successfully secured a field placement for this fall, complete the

Field Instruction Confirmation Form. This is an electronic form located at: www.sociawork.uic.edu under Field Instruction Placement Forms on the Field Instruction page.  Save the form to your desktop, fill it out and save again before returning it. The form will not save if you fill it out from our website page. Return the form as soon as possible to the email listed on the form. If you have difficulties with the electronic form, print it out and mail it to the address on the form.

 IMPORTANT!

The field placement cannot begin until the field instruction office receives your

Field Instruction Confirmation Form.

We hope that this process will be exciting, rewarding, and will place you firmly on the path to becoming a master’s level social worker. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us. We are looking forward to working with you this coming year.

Enjoy the experience!

 

 

Process for Placement

As an advanced standing student, you will be placed in a field internship based on the concentration int0 which you have been admitted: Community Health and Urban Development, Child and Family, Mental Health, or School Social Work. A faculty field liaison will visit you at the agency during the academic year. The faculty field liaison will also be available to answer any questions, address any concerns via phone, email, or meeting with you. The faculty field liaison will receive all of your paperwork related to your field placement. In order to successfully complete this coming year, you will:

  1. Work with a field faculty member to secure a field placement for the academic year.
  2. Complete 630 clock hours in field instruction for the year.
  3. Register for concentration specific field instruction courses: fall – SocW 572 and spring -SocW573. Note: Students are not permitted to begin a field placement until officially registered through the University.
  4. Submit all required evaluations, learning assignments, and field forms in a timely manner.

IMPORTANT!
The process of field placement cannot begin until the field instruction office receives your
Concentration Field Instruction Questionnaire.

Step 1
Review the listing of agencies at: www.socialwork.uic.edu under Agency Search Tool on the Field Instruction page. (These are not exhaustive lists of field placement agencies.) After reviewing the list, complete the Concentration Field Instruction Questionnaire. This is an electronic form located under #1 on the Field Forms page. Save the form to your desktop, fill it out and save again before returning it. The form will not save if you fill it out from our website page. Return the form as soon as possible to the email listed on the form. If you have difficulties with the electronic form, print it out and mail it to the address on the form.

Step 2
Once your Concentration Field Instruction Questionnaire is received by the Field Instruction Office, a faculty field liaison will contact you to schedule a time to meet with you. The faculty field liaison will contact the field agency first. After meeting with your faculty field liaison, you may then begin the process of contacting agencies. Please note the following tips, which may be helpful in this process:

  1. When you call the agency contact person, identify yourself as an advanced standing student with Jane Addams College of Social Work.
  2. Inform the contact that you are interested in interviewing for a field placement with the agency, and ask if the agency has any available field placements for MSW students. (Remember, other students from Jane Addams and other area universities are also in the process of interviewing for field placements.)
  3. Set up an interview time. If you have difficulty reaching the agency contact person or the placement will not work out for any other reason, please contact the faculty field liaison working with you for further instructions.
  4. The interview process for obtaining a field placement is very similar to a job interview. Be prepared to submit a resume. You may be asked to submit more, such as a writing sample.
  5. Even if you do not live in the Chicago area, contact the recommended agency. Tell the agency contact that you live out of state, and schedule a phone interview or an interview for when you will be in Chicago.
  6. Keep your faculty field liaison informed about your progress throughout this process.
  7. Thank the agencies you interviewed with that you did not select for field placement.

** If you know of an agency in the Chicago area that interests you and is not on the list, please inform the field faculty member before contacting the agency directly. There are certain qualifications that agencies must meet in order to be considered a proper site. The field faculty member can inquire about their qualifications.
Step 3
Once you have successfully secured a field placement for this fall, complete the Field Instruction Confirmation Form. This is an electronic form located at www.socialwork.uic.edu under Field Instruction Placement Forms on the Field Forms page. Save the form to your desktop, fill it out and save again before returning it. The form will not save if you fill it out from our website page. Return the form as soon as possible to the email listed on the form. If you have difficulties with the electronic form, print it out and mail it to the address on the form.

IMPORTANT!

The field placement cannot begin until the field instruction office receives your

Field Instruction Confirmation Form.

We hope that this process will be exciting, rewarding, and will place you firmly on the path to becoming a master’s level social worker. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us. We are looking forward to working with you this coming year.

Enjoy the experience!

Academic Year 2017-2018

(For 1st Year PM  Students/ Spring Meeting 2017)

Field Instruction in the MSW Program

The Field Instruction Division of JACSW is responsible for all field instruction. Field instruction is an integral part of the social work education curriculum. It is the practice activity which integrates the entire educational experience. The college subscribes to the rationale that intellectual understanding of the classroom content is translated into practice competence when it is exemplified, reinforced, extended and challenged in the context of serving client systems. The curriculum is designed to provide the student with the knowledge, skills, values and philosophy basic to all professional social work practice. Integral to this process is comprehension and skill development relevant to practice with diverse cultural and racial groups, the economically and socially oppressed, women, gay and lesbian persons, and other urban populations at-risk.

 

The goals of JACSW field instruction:

  1. To educate professional personnel to provide social services in urban areas.
  2. To provide opportunities for students to acquire and demonstrate the competencies and practice behaviors of the foundation curriculum and the advanced standing concentrations.
  3. To provide opportunities for assessment of student performance in the field.

The college prepares MSW students with advanced practice behaviors in one of the four concentrations. MSW education is composed of two parts: foundation and advanced concentration.

Foundation Field Placement

Your first year in the program has consisted of all classroom work, and you are now ready to begin working on securing your foundation placement. You have several options that you may take advantage of related to field placement, so please keep these important points in mind:

  • Fall placement begins in September, and you are expected to acquire 450 clock hours in the field, working two days a week in an agency, until the first week of May.
  • Spring placement begins in January, and you are expected to acquire 450 clock hours in the field, working two days a week in an agency, until the first week of August.
  • Summer block placement begins in mid-May and you are expected to acquire 450 clock hours in an agency, working 40 hours per week for a 12 week period, until the first week of August.

As a PM Extended Study Program student, you have the option to perform one of your field placements at your place of employment. If you elect to do this for either your first or second field placement, there is a Place of Employment (POE) form to be completed and approved by the field office.

Place of Employment Option

Only MSW students in the PM Extended Study Program may petition the Director of Field Instruction to use their place of employment as a field instruction site. Such petition will be considered in light of these criteria:

  1. The student must have worked a minimum of one year in the agency.
  2. The field instruction assignment must be different from regular work assignment.
  3. A field instructor who is not the student’s employment supervisor, and who meets the criteria of the Jane Addams College, must be available.
  4. An educational plan must be submitted, along with signatures from the student’s direct supervisor and the agency field instructor. Only PM students are eligible to apply for a field placement in their place of employment. If approved, only one field placement can be done in a place of employment: either the foundation placement or the advanced concentration placement.

The Place of Employment Form is an electronic form posted on the college webpage at: www.socialwork.uic.edu. Click on “Academics” and choose “Field Instruction” from the dropdown menu. Scroll down and to the menu on the left-hand side of the screen. Click on “Field Instruction Placement Forms” and choose “Place of Employment Form & Guidelines.” The document can be saved and printed out for the required signatures before submitting.

Field Agency Role

The college has a long-standing relationship with a number of agencies throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.  The agencies are chosen on the basis of their professional standards, the variety of their programs, and their commitment to ethnic and racial populations, the economically oppressed, women, sexual minorities.

  1.  Provide instructors who meet the basic requirements of the Jane Addams College of Social Work; that field instructors possess at least two years of post-MSW experience and have been employed at the agency for at least one year.
  2. Provide adequate office space, telephone, and support services to assist the student’s field instruction in the agency.
  3. Include students in appropriate staff meetings and in-service staff development programs.
  4. Assign, as appropriate, culturally and racially diverse clientele to students as well as   other at-risk urban clientele to meet college requirements.

Field Instructor Role:

Teach content in areas of curriculum as specified in the evaluations. Develop a learning plan reflecting the students’ and instructors’ expectations and goals for the year. Plan a diversified range of learning experiences to enable each student to achieve the field instruction objectives as defined by the learning contract. Assess each student’s performance, capacity, learning patterns, needs and progress to facilitate the individualization of planned learning experiences. Teach students the value and use of process recording. Provide regularly scheduled weekly supervisory, individual and/or group sessions (minimum of one hour weekly) to assure continuity in the teaching of content and the administrative review of performance. Provide and review with the student written evaluation of student learning and performance. Consult with the assigned faculty field liaison regarding educational planning, assignments, and student progress. Recommend grade to field faculty. Assist in the students’ critical evaluation of their own practice.

Faculty Field Liaison Role

A faculty field liaison will be assigned to you. The faculty field liaison is a full-time clinical faculty member who is responsible to the director of the field instruction division. Faculty field liaisons have contact with each field instructor, assist students in selection of field placements, and monitor the learning of students in the field.

Student Role

Every effort is made to provide placements that meet the student’s educational needs and career plans. Students are expected to participate in the selection of their field placements.

Exemplify professional behavior including:

  1. Prompt and regular attendance on all field days.
  2. Conformity with conventions of dress and other norms of field agency.
  3. Submission of all administrative material promptly in accordance with agency needs and requirements.
  4. Use field time only for field instruction activities.
  5. Completion of field responsibilities during assigned field instruction time.

Demonstrate commitment to own educational program by:

  1. Participation in identification of learning needs.
  2. Preparation for supervisory conferences, including the preparation and study of agendas and the submission of appropriate materials prior to conferences.
  3. Using supervision to identify client system needs and determine appropriate interventive techniques.
  4. Seeking opportunities for a broad based practice which includes services to populations-at-risk, culturally and racially diverse clientele including the economically oppressed, gender and sexual orientation.
  5. Continued use of evaluating own practice with a variety of client systems.

Use process recording in the learning environment.

Use agency materials according to the ethical standards established by the agency and the national association of social workers.

To protect confidentiality, students must obtain permission from the field instructor or other agency personnel before using agency records, cases, or report.

* The student intern cannot transport clients.

* The student intern cannot accept employment at the field site while completing his/her internship.

* Internship is a course requirement for completing an MSW program.

 Securing A Field Placement

To help you in selecting a field placement, Faculty Field Liaisons will be available to meet with you to discuss your agency choices, and the field education opportunities available in various agencies.  You may also want to discuss your plans with your advisor.

  1. Complete the Foundation Field Instruction Questionnaire. It is located at on our website: www.socialwork.uic.edu Click on “Field Instruction Placement Forms” and choose “Foundation Field Instruction Questionnaire/1st Year.” Return the form promptly to the Field Division Office for assignment of a Faculty Field Liaison to assist you in the placement process. Indicate when you plan to start foundation placement: August (fall), January (spring), May (summer). Additionally, if you wish to use your place of employment as a field placement, complete and attach the Place of Employment Form.  Submit the Foundation Field Instruction Questionnaire to the email listed on the form no later than the following deadlines:

August 2017 (fall) start → deadline: February 20, 2017

January 2018 (spring) start → deadline: October 9, 2017

May 2018 (summer) start → deadline: February 12, 2018

  1. Meet with the Faculty Field Liaison assigned to work with you to discuss field placement choices.
  1. Contact the agencies to arrange interviews. Agencies will expect that you have a current resume. Do not contact any agency for an interview before speaking with your assigned Faculty Field Liaison.
  1. Field internship is considered a course. In order to earn a grade and credit towards your master’s degree, you must register for the appropriate field instruction courses. In March you will be notified by the university regarding registration for fall 2017. If you choose:

August (fall) start → register for SocW 570 in the fall; SocW571 in the spring

January (spring) start → register for SocW570 in the spring; SocW571 in the summer

May (summer block placement) → register for both SocW570 and 571 for the summer

  1. After you have completed your interview(s), discussed them, as necessary, with your Faculty Field Liaison, and reached agreement with an agency, complete the Field Instruction Confirmation Form (located on the page referenced above). Submit the form as soon as possible.

Concentration Year: Your concentration year field placement must coincide with your designated choice in concentration. Concentration planning sessions at the college in January 2018 will explain the concentration field placement process.

PM Fall 2017 Foundation Placement Planning & Deadline Dates

Key Dates in 2017

* All deadlines must be met in order to be placed in time for the fall semester.

Monday Jan 30 & Wednesday Feb 1  – Field Placement Information Meeting

Friday, February 17 – Deadline for submitting Field Instruction Questionnaire

February 1 through April 14 – Consultations with liaisons, interviews with agencies for Fall start

Friday, April 14 – Deadline for submitting Field Instruction Confirmation Form

Monday, September 4, 2017  – Field placement begins for Fall start PM students

PM January 2018 Foundation Placement Planning & Deadline Dates

Key Dates 2017

* All deadlines must be met in order to be placed in time for the spring semester.

Monday, Sept. 11 & Wednesday, Sept. 13 – Field Placement Information Meetings

Monday, October 9 – Deadline for submitting Field Instruction Questionnaire

Sept 18 to Nov 10 – Consultations with liaisons, interviews with agencies for January start

Monday, Nov 13 –  Deadline for submitting Field Instruction Confirmation Form

Tuesday, January 15, 2018 –  Field placement begins for January start PM students

PM Summer Block 2018 Foundation Placement Planning & Deadline Dates

Key Dates 2017

* All deadlines must be met in order to be placed in time for the summer semester.

 Monday, February 12 –  Deadline for submitting Field Instruction Questionnaire

Feb 12 t0 March 30 –  Consultations with liaisons, interviews with agencies for Summer start

Monday, April 9 – Deadline for submitting Field Instruction Confirmation Form

Monday, May 21, 2018 – Field placement begins for Summer Block PM students

 

Academic Year 2016-2017

(For 2nd Year PM  Students/ Fall Meeting 2016)

Field Instruction in the MSW Program

The Field Instruction Division of JACSW is responsible for all field instruction. Field instruction is an integral part of the social work education curriculum. It is the practice activity which integrates the entire educational experience. The college subscribes to the rationale that intellectual understanding of the classroom content is translated into practice competence when it is exemplified, reinforced, extended and challenged in the context of serving client systems. The curriculum is designed to provide the student with the knowledge, skills, values and philosophy basic to all professional social work practice. Integral to this process is comprehension and skill development relevant to practice with diverse cultural and racial groups, the economically and socially oppressed, women, gay and lesbian persons, and other urban populations at-risk.

The goals of JACSW field instruction:

  1. To educate professional personnel to provide social services in urban areas.
  2. To provide opportunities for students to acquire and demonstrate the competencies and practice behaviors of the foundation curriculum and the advanced standing concentrations.
  3. To provide opportunities for assessment of student performance in the field.

The college prepares MSW students with advanced practice behaviors in one of the four concentrations. MSW education is composed of two parts: foundation and advanced concentration.

Foundation Field Placement

Your first year in the program has consisted of all classroom work, and you are now ready to begin working on securing your foundation placement. You have several options that you may take advantage of related to field placement, so please keep these important points in mind:

  • Fall placement begins in September, and you are expected to acquire 450 clock hours in the field, working two days a week in an agency, until the first week of May.
  • Spring placement begins in January, and you are expected to acquire 450 clock hours in the field, working two days a week in an agency, until the first week of August.
  • Summer block placement begins in mid-May and you are expected to acquire 450 clock hours in an agency, working 40 hours per week for a 12 week period, until the first week of August.

As a PM Extended Study Program student, you have the option to perform one of your field placements at your place of employment. If you elect to do this for either your first or second field placement, there is a Place of Employment (POE) form to be completed and approved by the field office.

Place of Employment Option

Only MSW students in the PM Extended Study Program may petition the Director of Field Instruction to use their place of employment as a field instruction site. Such petition will be considered in light of these criteria:

  1. The student must have worked a minimum of one year in the agency.
  2. The field instruction assignment must be different from regular work assignment.
  3. A field instructor who is not the student’s employment supervisor, and who meets the criteria of the Jane Addams College, must be available.
  4. An educational plan must be submitted, along with signatures from the student’s direct supervisor and the agency field instructor. Only PM students are eligible to apply for a field placement in their place of employment. If approved, only one field placement can be done in a place of employment: either the foundation placement or the advanced concentration placement.

The Place of Employment Form is an electronic form posted on the college webpage at: www.socialwork.uic.edu. Click on “Academics” and choose “Field Instruction” from the dropdown menu. Scroll down and to the menu on the left-hand side of the screen. Click on “Field Instruction Placement Forms” and choose “Place of Employment Form & Guidelines.” The document can be saved and printed out for the required signatures before submitting.

Field Agency Role

The college has a long-standing relationship with a number of agencies throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.  The agencies are chosen on the basis of their professional standards, the variety of their programs, and their commitment to ethnic and racial populations, the economically oppressed, women, sexual minorities.

  1.  Provide instructors who meet the basic requirements of the Jane Addams College of Social Work; that field instructors possess at least two years of post-MSW experience and have been employed at the agency for at least one year.
  2. Provide adequate office space, telephone, and support services to assist the student’s field instruction in the agency.
  3. Include students in appropriate staff meetings and in-service staff development programs.
  4. Assign, as appropriate, culturally and racially diverse clientele to students as well as   other at-risk urban clientele to meet college requirements.

Field Instructor Role:

Teach content in areas of curriculum as specified in the evaluations. Develop a learning plan reflecting the students’ and instructors’ expectations and goals for the year. Plan a diversified range of learning experiences to enable each student to achieve the field instruction objectives as defined by the learning contract. Assess each student’s performance, capacity, learning patterns, needs and progress to facilitate the individualization of planned learning experiences. Teach students the value and use of process recording. Provide regularly scheduled weekly supervisory, individual and/or group sessions (minimum of one hour weekly) to assure continuity in the teaching of content and the administrative review of performance. Provide and review with the student written evaluation of student learning and performance. Consult with the assigned faculty field liaison regarding educational planning, assignments, and student progress. Recommend grade to field faculty. Assist in the students’ critical evaluation of their own practice.

Faculty Field Liaison Role

A faculty field liaison will be assigned to you. The faculty field liaison is a full-time clinical faculty member who is responsible to the director of the field instruction division. Faculty field liaisons have contact with each field instructor, assist students in selection of field placements, and monitor the learning of students in the field.

Student Role

Every effort is made to provide placements that meet the student’s educational needs and career plans. Students are expected to participate in the selection of their field placements.

Exemplify professional behavior including:

  1. Prompt and regular attendance on all field days.
  2. Conformity with conventions of dress and other norms of field agency.
  3. Submission of all administrative material promptly in accordance with agency needs and requirements.
  4. Use field time only for field instruction activities.
  5. Completion of field responsibilities during assigned field instruction time.

Demonstrate commitment to own educational program by:

  1. Participation in identification of learning needs.
  2. Preparation for supervisory conferences, including the preparation and study of agendas and the submission of appropriate materials prior to conferences.
  3. Using supervision to identify client system needs and determine appropriate interventive techniques.
  4. Seeking opportunities for a broad based practice which includes services to populations-at-risk, culturally and racially diverse clientele including the economically oppressed, gender and sexual orientation.
  5. Continued use of evaluating own practice with a variety of client systems.

Use process recording in the learning environment.

Use agency materials according to the ethical standards established by the agency and the national association of social workers.

To protect confidentiality, students must obtain permission from the field instructor or other agency personnel before using agency records, cases, or report.

* The student intern cannot transport clients.

* The student intern cannot accept employment at the field site while completing his/her internship.

* Internship is a course requirement for completing an MSW program.

 Securing A Field Placement

To help you in selecting a field placement, Faculty Field Liaisons will be available to meet with you to discuss your agency choices, and the field education opportunities available in various agencies.  You may also want to discuss your plans with your advisor.

  1. Complete the Foundation Field Instruction Questionnaire. It is located at on our website: www.socialwork.uic.edu on “Field Instruction Placement Forms” and choose “Foundation Field Instruction Questionnaire/1st Year.” Return the form promptly to the Field Division Office for assignment of a Faculty Field Liaison to assist you in the placement process. Indicate when you plan to start foundation placement: August (fall), January (spring), May (summer). Additionally, if you wish to use your place of employment as a field placement, complete and attach the Place of Employment Form.  Submit the Foundation Field Instruction Questionnaire to the email listed on the form no later than the following deadlines:

January 2017(spring) start → deadline: October 14, 2016

May 2017(summer) start → deadline: February 3, 2017

  1. Meet with the Faculty Field Liaison assigned to work with you to discuss field placement choices.
  1. Contact the agencies to arrange interviews. Agencies will expect that you have a current resume. Do not contact any agency for an interview before speaking with your assigned Faculty Field Liaison.
  1. Field internship is considered a course. In order to earn a grade and credit towards your master’s degree, you must register for the appropriate field instruction courses. In October/November you will be notified by the university regarding registration for spring 2017. If you choose:

January (spring) start → register for SocW570 in the spring; SocW571 in the summer

May (summer block placement) → register for both SocW570 and 571 for the summer

  1. After you have completed your interview(s), discussed them, as necessary, with your Faculty Field Liaison, and reached agreement with an agency, complete the Field Instruction Confirmation Form (located on the page referenced above). Submit the form as soon as possible.

Concentration Year: Your concentration year field placement must coincide with your designated choice in concentration. Concentration planning sessions at the college in January 2017 will explain the concentration field placement process.

PM January 2017 Foundation Placement Planning & Deadline Dates

Key Dates 2016

* All deadlines must be met in order to be placed in time for the spring semester.

Monday, Sept. 12 & Wednesday, Sept. 14 – Field Placement Information Meetings

Monday, October 10 – Deadline for submitting Placement Questionnaire

Sept 16 t0 Nov 4 – Consultations with liaisons, interviews with agencies for January start

Monday, November 7 – Deadline for submitting Field Placement Confirmation Form

Monday, January 9, 2017 – Field placement begins for January start PM students

PM Summer Block 2017 Foundation Placement Planning & Deadline Dates

Key Dates 2017

* All deadlines must be met in order to be placed in time for the summer semester.

 Friday, February 3  – Deadline for submitting Placement Questionnaire

February 6 through March 17 – Consultations with liaisons, interviews with agencies

Monday, April 10  – Deadline for submitting Field Placement Confirmation Form

Monday, May 15, 2017 – Field placement begins for Summer Block PM students

  • True peace is not merely the absence of war, it is the presence of justice.
  • The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.
  • Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.
~Jane Addams

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