SW431 Field Instruction Seminar II

for SP 2009

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Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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SW 431 Field SeminarII


SP 2009 HO


Bachman, Gary E.


associate professor



Office Location


Office Hours

MTWT 9-11a, T/T 1-2p

Daytime Phone

816 584-6504

Other Phone

913 339.7658



Web Page


Semester Dates

January 13 – May 8, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

11:25 - 12:40

Credit Hours



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Course Description:
SW430 Field Instruction II: As the second in a sequence of two supervised learning experiences in an agency setting. It is expected that the student will engage in more in-depth practice and learning, and will strengthen a sense of personal identity as a social work professional. Students must complete a minimum of 225 hours in the practicum setting. 5 credits Prerequisites: SW310, SW420, SW421, Social Work Major and permission of the instructor. Concurrent enrollment in SW431 required.

Educational Philosophy:

Social work as a profession emerged in response to the many challenges, inequalities and threats to societies and the world’s most vulnerable populations. The demographic of those populations is constantly evolving, as is the nature of challenges that increasingly confront us all. 

It is vitally important that social work professionals be prepared to efficiently and critically consider human behavior and the social environment in order to identify, strategize, and communicate an appropriate response to the matters before them. This is as true in business, science, education and government service as it is in social work. 

It is the intent of the faculty in the Department of Social Work to facilitate learners in the acquisition of such knowledge as will serve them, their families and their communities, throughout their lives. Through the semester, world and local events will occur which may influence our academic, personal, or professional pursuits. In light of such circumstances, the instructor reserves the right to amend the schedule of study. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the integration of classroom knowledge into the field experience.
  2. Consistently demonstrates the application of social work values in direct and in-direct practice.
  3. Effectively present practice situations and professional dilemmas encountered in field.
  4. Consistently conducts appropriate self evaluation of practice behavior.
  5. Actively and constructively contributes in a peer environment to the enhancement of professional behavior. 
  6. Appropriately seeks, accept, and apply supervision and peer guidance.
  7. Recognizes and seeks opportunities for ongoing professional learning.

Core Assessment:

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

In the first two weeks of the semester, the student will complete a learning contract as described in the Field Handbook. A template for the contract is available on the course e-Companion web site.   Assessment by the Field Instructor will be an ongoing process through out the semester. Assessment will reflect the students’ acquisition of objectives identified in the learning contract as well as the instructors assessment of the students overall performance.   The Department of Social Work Field Director will visit the agency at least twice during the semester to meet jointly with the field instructor and student. A formal evaluation will be completed at mid-term and at the end of the semester. At the final site visit from the Field Director, the student will have completed and turn in a portfolio self-reflection paper. Details on this assignment are contained in the Field Handbook.   The Field Director will assign the final grade for the course based upon a joint meeting with the student and the field instructor. Student performance in both Field seminar and Field practicum will be assessed during the mid point of the semester. Student will be informed at this time if performance is meeting the standards of "passing" or if there is evidence that student's performance to this time is considered "not passing". The learning contract will be revised to include specific goals that must be achieved prior to the end of the semester evaluation to achieve a "passing" grade.

Students are expected to submit a weekly journal note regarding the field experience through the e-Companion site. Students are also expected to keep written track of the hours spent in their field agency assignments as well as a log of issues addressed in weekly supervision.


At the end of the semester, each student is also required to submit a written assessment of the field agency and instructor as well as of the field director’s role relative to the field experience. Information submitted in this assessment by the student will be used for ongoing program evaluation and development only and will not be considered in the determination of the assigned grade.


This course is offered in a pass / fail format. The grade of “pass” will only be assigned upon the final recommendation of the field instructor, field director, and satisfactory completion of all necessary documentation including:

  • learning contract, 
  • process recording, (scored in seminar)
  • weekly journal notes (scored in seminar)
  • time sheets 
  • mid-semester & end of semester evaluations

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments in field may be expected to have some measure of impact upon clients, the field supervisor and / or the agency. Any assignments must be completed in a timely manner. Failure to complete assignments in a timely manner may be expected to result in termination of the field experience and failure of this five hour course.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This is a course of professional study. Professional conduct is expected. Students are expected at all times to abide by agency protocol as well as the NASW Code of Ethics.

1.       Personal perspectives will be valued. Degrading or discriminatory remarks or behaviors are not acceptable.

2.       Discussion will reflect an exchange of information, experiences, ideas, and opinions that have an educational value.

3.       If you work in groups, it is the responsibility of the group members to delegate work. All members of a group must present on the project and all will receive the same grade.

4.       Because of our sensitive subject matter, courtesy needs to be maintained in the classroom at all times. Students need to arrive on time. Students will not hold private conversations when another person is speaking. Students will speak one at a time.

5.      If student’s behavior in the classroom is disruptive, the instructor will allow the student an opportunity to correct the behavior without consequences. If the student’s behavior continues to be disruptive, that student may be asked to leave the classroom and will be referred to the Office of Academic Affairs.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Schedule: Note This syllabi is identical to that for SW431 Field Seminar




Topics & readings


J   Jan. 13

Review of the “final semester.” Planning for graduation:


J   Jan. 20

   (Jan 22)


Presidential Inaguaration: class will meet in the Lobby of the Thompson Center.

THIS TRAINING IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Self Defense Training hosted by the

Park University Department of Public Safety And presented by “The

Ally Kemp Education (TAKE) Foundation”

http://www.takedefense.org/    (pre-registration required)


J    Jan. 27


Discussion of safety and risk mitigation in professional practice.

Workbook Ch. 6   “personal Safety” and exercises on pgs 60 & 61 will

be discussed. Updated Learning Contracts are due.


     Feb. 03


Ethical Challenges & Risk Mitigation: HIPAA, Mandated Reporting, Legal Obligations and the “Tarrasoff” decision. Read Workbook Chs.

13 & 14: “Social Work Ethics” and “Professional Ethics” exercises on pgs 165 -169.


     Feb. 10

Ethical Challenges & Risk Mitigation (continued)

The first “process recording” is due


     Feb. 17

Resume Writing and Job Search tips.

(Wed. Feb.18: NASW Legislative Action Day in Topeka,Ks. 9A-3P)


    Feb.  24

Review of professional licensure Requirements in Kansas & Missouri

(agency visits begin this week)


     Mar. 03

 Meeting with Juniors SW students to discuss field internships.

 Mid semester evaluations and agency visits completed.

Spring break

 (3/13,14,& 15: Missouri NASW Symposium, Lake Ozark, Mo.)


    Mar. 17*


This date has tentatively been reserved for a meeting with Park

University social work alumni who will be prepared to discuss their experiences with the local employment opportunities, licensure, and graduate schools. (This event may be rescheduled to an evening –off campus location)


     Mar. 24


“Merging the self and the Profession: ” Workbook Ch. 16 and exercise

 on pg   235-237. 

Final Process Recording is due.


     Mar. 31

Review & open discussion of “organizational transformation projects.”


     Apr. 07


Exploration of style: What is your style of “helping.”

Reflecting on the practices of field instructors, faculty, co-workers,

other students.


      Apr. 14

Review & open discussion of “organizational transformation projects,”

 job searches, and the terror of not knowing everything you think you

need to know!!!!!

End of year agency visits & evaluations begin on Friday , April 17


   Apr. 21

Fri. Apr. 24

No class

Field Forum 8:30am-1pm Attendance is Required   (snacks &

lunch provided)


   Apr 28


“Self Assessment of SW Knowledge,” Updated Resume and “Letter of Introduction” due 4/28. All program assessments are due NO LATER than Friday May 1. These plus all student evaluations

must be completed prior to the posting of grades in this class.


 May 9



Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
“Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park University will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from the University.”  Your completion of each assignment is expected to be an original work.  References to the works of others are expected but must be appropriately acknowledged.

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
 *Completes and submits weekly journal entries regarding the field experience via, “eCompanion.” CO1-5   
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Multicultural Interdisciplinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 Journal entries address matters of:  *weekly activities CO1

*proposed topics for supervision CO4, 5,6  *examination of ethical issues CO2,3,4

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Multicultural Interdisciplinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 *identifies ethical issues CO1,2,3  *identifies direct practice issues CO1-,5  *identifies supervisory issues CO4,6  *identifies relationships with agency professionals other than FI. CO4,6  *identifies relationships with agency support staff.  CO4,6  *identifies  contact with allied community agencies CO1   
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Multicultural Interdisciplinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 *Is able to clearly explain the field agencies purpose and function. CO2  *Recognizes appropriate and applicable policy regarding direct service. CO1, 2  *Recognizes appropriate and applicable policy regarding indirect services. CO1, 2   
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Multicultural Interdisciplinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 Recognizes and addresses practice issues in a manner that is consistent with  “generalist” social work practice. CO1,2   
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Multicultural Interdisciplinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Whole Artiface                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
 Journal entries are generally free of spelling or grammatical errors.  *Uses acronymns and abbreviations appropriately. CO2  *Abides by all applicable agency policy. (such as HIPAA) and the NASW Code of Ethics related to disclosure of confidential information. CO2, 3   
 Effectively communicates current issues. Participates in a reciprical sharing of information & problem solving with the seminar instructor. CO6   


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