SW 420 Field Instruction I
FA 2009 HO
Bachman, Gary E.
Tues. 8:30-10:00A & 1:30-3:00P, Thursday 9A-12P & 1:30-2:30P Wednesday 9:00-12noon (or by arrangement)
Social Work Major, Concurrent Enrollment in SW421
There is no text for this course.
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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 students be prepared to efficiently and critically consider their 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, their communities, and the world, 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
Link to Class RubricClassroom Rules of Conduct:
This is a professional course. Students are expected to behave in a responsible & professional manner.
Coursework: 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.
( NOTE: The assignments listed here include those for SW421 field Seminar.)
Week 1 Review of text, course expectations, and assignments: “Learning Contracts,” “Practice Presentations,” and “Agency Presentations” will be discussed.
8/28 Field Workshop @ Park University – McCoy Meeting House 8:30A- 1P
Week 2 Review of learning contracts. Read and be prepared to discuss in class, Copies of these assignments will be posted on the course “e-Companion.” Workbook Ch.1 “The Purpose of Practicum”, Ch. 2 “School, Agency & Student Expectations,” Assignments: 3 “Planning to Learn,” & 4 “Getting Started” and the exercises on pgs. 4-9 & pg. 17. (These exercises will be useful in finalizing individualized learning contracts.)
Week 3 Learning Contracts are Due. Read / be prepared to discuss in class Workbook Ch. 4 & 8 and exercises on pgs. 36-38 & 84-90. (These exercises will become the basis for class presentations.)
Week 4 Agency Presentations. Read / be prepared to discuss in class, Workbook Ch. 5 “Using Supervision” & exercise on pg. 48-51.
Week 5 Agency Presentations
Week 6 Read and be prepared to discuss in class, Workbook Ch.13 & 14
“SW Ethics”& “Professional Ethics” exercises on pgs.165-169, & 177-180
Week 7* Read and be prepared to discuss in class, Workbook Ch. 6
“Personal Safety” and exercise on pg. 60-61.
(*Mid semester evaluations / agency visits will be scheduled between 10/01 & 10/09.)
Week 8* Agency Presentations. Assignments: First Process Recording is due. Read & be prepared to discuss, Workbook Ch. 7 “Communications” & exercise on page 72-74.
FALL RECESS no seminar is scheduled
Week 9 Practice Presentations
Week 10 Practice Presentations. Read and be prepared to discuss in class, Workbook Ch.9 “The Community Context of Practice” and the exercise on pg. 98-105
Week 11 Practice Presentations. Read and be prepared to discuss in class, workbook Ch. 10, “The Social Problem Context of Practice.”
Week 12 Practice Presentations
Week 13 Second Process Recording is due
Week 14* Read and be prepared to discuss in class, Workbook Ch.17, “Evaluation of Student Performance” and the exercise on pg. 222-22 “Program Objectives - Outcomes Assessment” due prior to final site visits.
*Mid Year evaluations / end of semester agency visits will be scheduled 11/23 -12/10.
Week 15* Evaluations and plans for next semester will be discussed. Final evaluations and end of semester agency visits are completed.
Week 16* Finals Week – There will be no final exam in this course.
You must have completed all 225 hours in your field agency by Thursday 12/10.
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
Plagiarism: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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95Students are required to complete 225 hours at the field agency in the course of this 15 week semester. The schedule should average 16 hours a week over the course of the semester. Students do not need to be on site on declared holidays or during weather emergencies, but must complete the entire 225 hours before the end of the semester. It is the students obligation to keep track of the hours worked. In collaboration with the agency based field instructor a schedule will be established indicating the days and hours in which the student is expected to be present in the practice setting. Although this is an educational experience, students are expected to abide by all appropriate agency rules and regulations including time in and time out. The agency may or may not have a dress code, but Social Work Students will dress professionally and appropriate to the work site.
In the event of an unforeseen emergency, it is the students responsibility to notify (or facilitate the notification of) the agency based field instructor and the Department of Social Work – Director of Field of the circumstance's. Immediately.
Chronic tardiness, absences, behavior in contrast to the NASW Code of Ethics, or violation of agency protocol may be expected to result in termination of the field experience and failure of this five hour course.
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 .
Last Updated:8/17/2009 1:19:00 PM