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 competencies necessary to practice social work with all client systems. 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, in general, are:
- To educate professional personnel to provide social services in urban areas.
- To provide opportunities for students to acquire and demonstrate the competencies and practice behaviors of the foundation curriculum and the advanced standing specializations.
- To provide opportunities for assessment of student performance in the field.
The College prepares MSW Foundation Students with knowledge, values and skills for entry level generalist practice, and prepares other MSW students with advanced knowledge, values, and skills in one of four areas of specialization. MSW education is composed of two major parts: generalist education for practice (the first year of the MSW program for full-time students) and education for advanced practice in a specialization (the second year of the MSW program for full-time students).