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Field Education Calendar


Situational Awareness Training

Enroll in Social Work Field Education Training:

Go to https://uk.instructure.com/enroll/83CJJ7 and then sign into Canvas.

Once you have signed into Canvas you will confirm your enrollment by clicking on the “enroll” button. The entire training takes approximately 2 ½ hours. The training has been broken into 4 video modules, so you do not have to view the entire training in one sitting. After completing the training you must take the competency quiz, and pass the quiz with a minimum grade of 70%.

Preparing for Interviews

BASW Field Education FAQs

Q: How many hours must I complete in the field placement?

A: Students taking a BASW practicum course (SW 444 & SW 445) must complete 200 hours in each placement. Seminar classes and related learning experiences count toward the total hours. Students should expect to spend approximately 14 hours each week in the agency placement during the fall or spring semesters, depending on the actual number of weeks spent in practicum. NOTE: THESE HOURS ARE REDUCED TO 170 FOR AY20/21 DUE TO THE IMPACT OF COVID-19.  

Q: Who can supervise me at my placement?

A: BASW students receive weekly supervision from an agency-based Field Instructor who must have a BASW or MSW degree from a CSWE accredited institution and have two years of post-degree experience.

Q: What date can I can start my practicum?

A: The start date is the first day of the semester. You must ask for and receive permission from your practicum professor to begin early.  No placement may begin prior to the first day of the month the semester begins.

Students are assigned to practicum course sections by the field office.

Q: Are there other requirements before I begin field education?

A.: All students must complete their registration and student detail pages in the web-based Field Intern Placement Tracking (IPT) system prior to registering for the practicum course. Students will receive individual log-in information from the Field Office. Complete information is located on the CoSW Field Education website.

All students must complete the Field Department’s Situational Awareness Training online, and pass the competency quiz, before beginning a practicum placement. Directions are on the CoSW Field Education website and the IPT home page. This training must be taken before beginning the SW 444 practicum course, and only needs to be taken once.  

Q: How do I find a field placement?

A: The College has a list of approved agencies, and information on each of the agencies, for your review in the web-based Intern Placement Tracking (IPT) system.  The directions and web-link are located on the CoSW Field Education website and additional instructions are included on the IPT home page. The Director of Field Education and Field Coordinators will provide a group advising/field information session, and Field Coordinators will provide individual advising for SW 444 students.  SW445 students receive advising as needed by Field Coordinators and/or practicum professors.   All students are responsible for contacting agencies in a timely manner to arrange interviews and for meeting the deadlines on the Field Education Calendar.

Q:  How should I dress for agency interviews?

A:  You should treat the interview as a professional job interview, and dress in “business casual” attire.  Nice pants/dress/skirt and a nice conservative shirt/blouse, button down or polo style for men.  This applies to virtual interviews as well.  If it’s a virtual interview, also be aware of your background (no interviews from bed).

Q: Can I complete a field practicum at my place of employment?

A: That is possible for students if certain criteria are met. Students electing this option must complete and submit an employment/field placement application with the supporting documents.  The application will not be approved unless all supporting information is submitted with the application.  Read the application carefully.  The form is located on the Field Education website.

Q: Can I complete two placements in the same agency?

A: SW444 and SW445 should be completed in different agencies.  Exceptions may be made if the agency is large enough to allow for substantial breadth, depth, and diversity in the practicum experiences.

Q: Are there any paid placements?

A: Paid field placements are very limited. Notices will be posted on the student listserv when paid placements are available. These placements are competitive, and some of the paid placements must be completed in specific semesters.

Q: Can I complete an international placement or field placement in another state?

A: This is possible. Students must complete at least one field education course on campus before requesting such an option. The Director of Field Education will meet with the student individually to establish course requirements, deadlines, supervision, etc.

Q: What should I do if I have circumstances that require special consideration?

A:  Students with special circumstances that may impact a student’s ability to complete the standard practicum requirements are referred to the Director of Field Education for individual advising.

MSW Field Education FAQs

Q: How many hours must I complete in field placements?

A: Students in the 60-hour MSW program must complete three practicum courses, with each course  including 300 hours of seminar and experiential learning. Advanced standing MSW students must complete two practicum courses with each course including 300 hours of seminar and experiential learning. The practicum hours are a requirement of all MSW programs that are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. NOTE: THESE HOURS ARE REDUCED TO 255 FOR AY20/21 DUE TO THE IMPACT OF COVID-19.  

Q: Who can supervise me at my placement?

A: MSW students receive weekly supervision from an agency-based Field Instructor who must have an MSW degree from a CSWE accredited institution and a minimum of two years of post-degree experience.

Q: What date can I start my practicum?

A:  MSW students will coordinate practicum start dates with the field education department and must receive permission to begin their placements early. Further information will be provided each semester to students beginning their field practicum by the field education department. To determine when you should plan to enroll in your practicum courses, please refer to your program model located on the MSW program website.

Students are assigned to practicum course sections by the field office.

Q: Are there other requirements before I begin field education?

A.: All students must complete their registration and student detail pages in the web-based Field Intern Placement Tracking (IPT) system prior to registering for the practicum course. Students will receive individual log-in information from the Field Office. Complete information is located on the CoSW Field Education website.

All students must complete the Field Department’s Situational Awareness Training online, and pass the competency quiz, before beginning a practicum placement. Directions are on the CoSW Field Education website and IPT home page.  Note: If you are an advanced standing student who completed the situational awareness training as a UK undergraduate BASW student, you will not need to repeat the training.  This training only needs to be taken once.

Q: How do I find a field placement?

A: The College has a list of approved agencies, and information on each of the agencies, for your review in the web-based IPT system.  The link to IPT is located on the CoSW Field Education website and additional instructions are included on the IPT home page. Field Coordinators provide advising for all students in both the hybrid and online MSW programs. Additional advising with the Director of Field Education is also available upon request.   All students are responsible for contacting agencies in a timely manner to arrange placement interviews and meeting the deadlines on the Field Education Calendar which is posted on the Field Education Website.

Q:  How should I dress for agency interviews?

A:  You should treat the interview as a professional job interview, and dress in “business casual” attire.  Nice pants/dress/skirt and a nice conservative shirt/blouse, button down or polo style for men. This applies to virtual interviews as well.  If it’s a virtual interview, also be aware of your background (no interviews from bed).

Q: Can I complete a practicum placement at my place of employment?

A: This is possible if certain criteria are met. Students electing this option must complete and submit a Practicum at Place of Employment application with the supporting documents.  The application will not be approved unless all supporting information is submitted with the application.  Read the application carefully.  The form is located on the CoSW Field Education website.

Q: Can I complete all practicum course placements in the same agency?

A: The advanced practicum course placements, SW 740/741, are to be completed in the same agency. The second semester in the agency adds breadth and depth to the first semester experience.  The SW640 practicum course placement is completed in an agency different from the agency that is planned for the advanced practicum year.  Advanced year MSW students participating in a cognate area of special study or certificate program will complete the SW740/741 practicum placement in an agency appropriate to their area of study.

Q: Are there any paid placements?

A: Paid field placements are very limited. Notices will be posted on the student listserv when paid placements are available. These placements are competitive, and some of the paid placements must be completed in specific semesters.

Q: What should I do if I have circumstances that require special consideration.

A:  Students with special circumstances that may impact a student’s ability to complete the standard practicum requirements are referred to the Director of Field Education for individual advising.

Practicum at Place of Employment

Students who are interested in completing a practicum at their place of employment must meet the practicum requirements of the College of Social Work and the Council on Social Work Education.  Performance of your regular job duties in a social work employment setting can NOT be counted as practicum hours.  Additionally, the person who serves as your direct supervisor at your place of employment may not also serve as your practicum field instructor.

To request a practicum at your place of employment, you must submit a Field Education/ Employee Application Form below.  You must also upload the following supporting documents to this form: (1) a current job description, (2) a description of the proposed field experience with learning objectives, (3) a description of the differences between your current job and the proposed placement, (4) a letter from your employer (immediate supervisor) agreeing to this placement proposal and stating a plan for your current job duties while in the field placement. This application will be processed only if all 4 components are included.

Practicum at Student's Place of Employment Form

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