Welcome to Field Education at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work and the heart of social work training.  Field Education is where social work skills are realized and refined, and students can leave a positive mark on individuals, organizations and communities.

As you embark on this challenging journey, I encourage you to think beyond yourself, to ask hard questions, and to be brave and courageous as you apply the knowledge and skills you have gained to real world settings.  It’s no coincidence that the acronym for Field Education & Experiential Learning is FEEL. Field placement is when and where social work students feel their skills sets become activated, feel their passions ignite, and feel the strength of their ethics and values take hold as professionals.  

Everyone here at the UK CoSW is behind you and here to help remove barriers and support your success. With our agency partners and incredible cadre of field professionals around the country, we aim to support you, challenge you, and will help you become a professional social worker who acts compassionately, thoughtfully, and ethically. We are excited to have you apply your learning and demonstrate your competency while exploring your passions and making a difference in your community!


Jeni Gamble, PhD, MSSW
Assistant Dean and Director of Field Education & Experiential Learning