SW421 Field Instruction Seminar I

for FA 2009

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SW 421 Field Instruction Seminar I


FA 2009 HO


Bachman, Gary E.


Associate Professor,  & Director of Field



Office Location


Office Hours

Tues. 8:30-10:00A & 1:30-3:00P,   Thursday 9A-12P & 1:30-2:30P, Wednesday 9:00-12noon    (or by arrangement)

Daytime Phone

816 -584-6504

Other Phone

cell 913 339-6758



Web Page


Semester Dates

August 18- December11, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM


concurrent enrollment in SW420

Credit Hours


Recommended Textbook:   The Social Work Practicum, The Guide and Workbook for Students, Garthwait, C. ISBN: 0-205-40802-8

Additional Resources:
Assignments and additional readings will be available under "Doc Share" at the course e-Companion web site.  www.parkonline.org

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Course Description:
SW421 Field Instruction Seminar I: The aim of the seminar is to provide students an opportunity to resolve issues encountered in the Field Instruction through sharing and interaction with peers under the direction of the field instructor. Through analysis of their field experiences, students, understanding and integration of previous classroom learning is enhanced. 1:0:1 Prerequisites: SW310, Social Work Major and permission of instructor. Co-requisite: SW420

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 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

  1. Demonstrate the ability to integrate classroom knowledge with field experience.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of the place of social work values in direct practice.
  3. Effectively present practice situations and professional dilemmas encountered in field.
  4. Apply appropriate self evaluation of practice behavior.
  5. Give and receive feedback constructively and develop insight into professional behavior.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to appropriately seek, accept, and apply supervision and guidance from peers.

Core Assessment:
  • Agency Review & Presentation (L O2)
  • Process Recordings (LO 1-6)
  • Issues Related to Seminar (LO1-6)
  • Core Assessment: “eJournal”

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Two presentations, Two Process Recordings, Weekly Journal notes,  regular attendance and participation. CO refers to course objectives met, noted in parenthesis. Guidelines for assignments are posted on the course e-Companion site.


(40 pts) Presentation of an in depth review of the field agency in which they are assigned. (CO 2)

(40 pts) Presentation of a comprehensive case review. (CO1-6)

(40 pts) Weekly e-Companion journal (CO1-6) (1pt/per wk1-8, 2pts per wk 9-14. Entries must post no later than Tuesday of the following week for credit.)

(25 pts / each) Two Process Recordings. (CO1-6)

(30 pts) Attendance and Participation. Assignments relevant to issues identified in seminar may be added. (CO1-6)
(200 points total)
A = 200 - 180
B = 179 - 160
C = 159 - 140
D = 139 - 120 
F = 119 -     NOTE:  This course requires passage with a "C" or better to count towards completion of the BSW degree.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the date indicated. In the event of an absence, assignments may be submitted to the instructor electronically. The student remains responsible for lost, misdirected or incompatible formatting of electronic submissions. In extenuating circumstances (as determined by the instructor) and with timely notification an exception may or may not be granted. Assignments not submitted on time will receive a deduction of 10% of the possible score per day. If you ever have a question about any assignment or expectation in this course, please contact the instructor in a timely manner.   Please be aware that there is no extra credit work in this course.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
  This is a professional course. Students are expected to behave in a responsible & professional manner.

  • Personal perspectives will be valued. Degrading or discriminatory remarks or behaviors are not acceptable.
  • Discussion will reflect an exchange of information, experiences, ideas, and opinions that have an educational value.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:    15 weeks / 225 hours

( 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 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.

  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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
Regular classroom attendance is both expected and essential for the attainment of course objectives. Material not found in the text will be presented and discussed in class.  Absences detract from your learning as well as that of others.

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   
 Journal entries address matters of:  -weekly activities CO1  -proposed topics for supervision CO4, 5,6  -examination of ethical issues CO2,3,4

 -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   
 -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   
 Recognizes and addresses practice issues in a manner that is consistent with  “generalist” social work practice. CO1,2   
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
 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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