One of the most important, and exciting, components of social work education are the field practica. Human service and social change agencies provide settings in which students are challenged and supported in the integration of theories and practice skills. The School of Social Work partners with hundreds of public and nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland in order to provide BSW and MSW students high quality field education experiences. Field education programs are coordinated from the Philadelphia and Harrisburg campuses.
Social work students work closely with Field Education Specialists in identifying placement sites appropriate to curriculum objectives, learning goals and individual interests. In most cases, the Field Education Specialist also serves as a liaison between the School of Social Work and the field placement agency during the academic year. Depending on the student´s particular situation, a new field placement site may be developed. Also, for students already working in a social service agency, it may be possible to design a field placement opportunity at that site. Currently, nearly 75% of all SSW students take advantage of this employment-based option.
It is essential that students plan carefully for their field placements, particularly with respect to the mandated hours per semester, educational and supervision requirements. The Office of Field Education expects that students with traditional hours of availability will be able to do their internships during the regular weekday, business hours. Extensive planning is required for students with non-traditional hours of availability. The field office will offer students suggestions of agency sites but strongly encourages students who work full-time to complete field placements in an organization that would qualify for an employment based placement or submit a self-referral form.
More detailed information regarding the field process, criteria, requirements for entering field, field placement information and the field application can be found via this link, http://sites.temple.edu/sswfieldeducation/.
Valarie Clemmons, MSW, Director of Field Education
College of Public Health
School of Social Work
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Ritter Annex - 5th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122