SW430 Field Insruction II

for SP 2011

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SW 430 Field Insruction II


SP 2011 HO


Bachman, Gary E.


Associate Professor



Office Location


Office Hours

Tues: 9:30-11:25 & 1:30 -2:15, Weds. 9-12, Thurs. 9:30-12, 1-2:15 & 3:45-4:45,* Please feel free to drop in as necessary. I am usually available beyond the scheduled hours.

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

cell (913) 634-4976



Web Page


Semester Dates

January 10 – May 6, 2011

Class Days

To be determined by student and field instructor

Class Time



Concurrent with SW431 Field Seminar and SW410 Practice III

Credit Hours



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

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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. Consistently functioning effectively within a generalist context as a beginning professional.
  2. Consistently functioning effectively within the organizational context of the assigned field agency.
  3. Consistently functioning effectively through the application of knowledge based practice skills.
  4. Consistently functioning effectively within a process of interpersonal and supervisory evaluation.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 6.      Appropriately seeks, accept, and apply supervision and peer guidance
  2. 7.      Recognizes and seeks opportunities for ongoing professional learning.
Core Assessment:
  • Learning Contract (LO1-4)
  •  Core Assessment:   Field Instructor Assessment* (LO1-4)
  • (*“Final Student Evaluation” form)

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.


Consider “field” as the place to try new thoughts and ideas. That may mean taking some risks as well as excelling and having fun. This is your opportunity to not having to know it all. This is also an opportunity to think about who you are and what you want to do with your career, your part of society, and the issues that may hinder or propel you. You are expected to complete all assignments in this course in a timely manner. Every effort will be made to be fair and reasonable in grading your work and participation. If you have questions or concerns about this, please speak with your field instructor or the Director of Field.

NOTE: A grade of “C” or better is required in this course for completion of the BSW Degree.       A= consistently exceeds all course learning objectives in a timely manner    B= meets or exceed all course learning objectives    C= meets minimum course learning objectives     D= fails to attain minimum course objectives - may be allowed to retake this course with faculty consent.

In conjunction with SW431 field Seminar II, you are expected to complete two process recordings based upon the field experience and submit a weekly e-companion journal note. Credit for those two assignments will be reflected in determining your grade for SW431.

Satisfactory completion of this course will be based upon the completion of 225 hours of practice experience in the field setting and satisfactory periodic performance review conducted in collaboration with the agency based field instructor, the student, and the Director of field Education.  

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:

In order to maintain a positive learning environment the following ground rules will be followed:

  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 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 field placement and will be referred to the Office of Academic Affairs
  6. Students in this field experience are subject to the rules and regulations* of the field agency.
  7.  Student in this field experience are expected to behave in accordance with the guidelines set down in the NASW Code of Ethics.*


*Failure to comply with either of these standards may result in the student’s dismissal from the field experience. Such removal may result in the issuance of a grade of “F” for this course, and possible removal from the major.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
  Course Schedule



Topics & readings


J   Jan. 11

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


J   Jan. 18

Discussion of safety and risk mitigation in professional practice.

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

be discussed. 


J    Jan. 25


Resume Writing and Job Search tips.

Updated Learning Contracts are due.


     Feb. 01


 Review of professional licensure Requirements in Kansas & Missouri

(agency visits begin this week)


     Feb. 08

Discussion regarding applying for graduate school. Advance standing, references, schools, GREs…

The first “process recording” is due


     Feb. 15

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. 22

Ethical Challenges & Risk Mitigation (continued)


     Mar. 01

 Meeting with Juniors SW students to discuss field internships.

 Mid semester evaluations and agency visits completed.

Spring break

 (3/11,12,& 13: Missouri NASW Symposium, Lake Ozark, Mo.)


    Mar. 15*


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. 22

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

 on pg   235-237.      Final Process Recording is due.


     Mar. 29

Discussion of burn-out and compassion fatigue.


     Apr. 05


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

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

other students.


      Apr. 12

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 16


   Apr. 19

Wed. Apr. 20

No class

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


   Apr 26


“Self Assessment of SW Knowledge,” Updated Resume and “Letter of Introduction” due 4/28. All program assessments are due NO LATER than Monday May 2. These plus all student evaluations

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





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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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)
 *Consistently ehaves in a manner consistent with the NASW Code of Ethics. CO1  *No later than the end of week three, submits a comprehensive learning contract using the assigned format. CO4  *Completes 225 hours at the field agency in the course of 14 to 16 weeks.  CO2   
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Multicultural Interdisciplinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 *Is “on site” on time. CO2  *Completes documentation  detailing content of weekly supervision with field instructor.CO4  *Submits weekly “journal” entry through “eCompanion.”CO4  *Completes and submits two “process recordings.” CO4

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Multicultural Interdisciplinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 • *Participates in mid-term evaluation with field instructor and director of field. CO4  *Participates in end of semester evaluation with field instructor and director of field. CO4  *Maintains and turns in weekly log of hours spent in the field agency. CO4  *Completes and submits “evaluation of field setting” before final week.   
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 and indirect services. CO1, 2   
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Multicultural Interdisciplinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 Pconsistently pactices in a manner that reflects “generalist” social work practice. CO1   
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Multicultural Interdisciplinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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 *Completes appropriate agency documentation without any spelling or grammatical errors. CO2  *Uses acronymns and abbreviations appropriately, relative to the agency policy. CO2  *Abides by all applicable agency policy. (such as HIPAA) CO2, 3   
 Consistently contributes to the effectiveness and function of the field agency. CO1,2,3,   


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