SW431 Field Instruction Seminar II

for SP 2011

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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.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.


SW 431 Field Instruction Seminar II


SP 2011 HO


Bachman, Gary E.


Associate Professor & Director of Field



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

(816) 584-6504

Other Phone

cell (913) 634-4976



Web Page


Semester Dates

January 10 – May 6, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM


Concurrent enrollment in SW430 and SW410

Credit Hours



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

Additional Resources:

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Course Description:
SW431 Field Instruction Seminar II: Integrates agency-based learning in the second Field Instruction placement with classroom-based learning. 1:0:1 Prerequisites: SW420, SW421, Social Work Major and permission of instructor. Co-requisite: SW430

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:

Evaluation:    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 to the instructor.

Scoring: 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. 


A= 90-100    B= 80-89    C= 70-79    D= 60-69    F= 59-0

Updated learning contract: 10 points

Process Recording (2@ 20 points each)

Weekly e-Companion Journal  (at least 11 entires over 11 separate weeks.) (20points)

Updated Resume & Letter of Introduction (to be kept on file) 20 points

Attendance and Participation 10 points

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 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:

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 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



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
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   
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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