SW431 Field Instruction Seminar II

for SP 2012

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Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.


SW 431 Field Instruction Seminar II


SP 2012 HO


Bachman, Gary E.



Office Location


Office Hours

Tues: 9:00-10:00 & 1:00 -2:15, Weds. 9-12,

Daytime Phone

office (816) 584-6504

Other Phone

cell (913) 634-4976


Semester Dates

January 9 – May 4, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM


Admission to the major & completion of SW420 &421

Credit Hours



Optional Course Textbook: The Social Work Practicum, The Guide and Workbook for Students Garthwait, C. ISBN: 0-205-40802-8 (multiple copies of this text are on reserve in the library)

Additional Resources:
Additional resources will be posted in the "doc sharing" file on the course e-Companion site.

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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
NOTE the following policy statement from the CSWE)Educational Policy 2.3—Signature Pedagogy: Field Education “Signature pedagogy” represents the central form of instruction and learning in which a profession socializes its students to perform the role of practitioner. Professionals have pedagogical norms with which they connect and integrate theory and practice. In social work, the signature pedagogy is field education. The intent of field education is to connect the theoretical and conceptual contribution of the classroom with the practical world of the practice setting. It is a basic precept of social work education that the two interrelated components of curriculum—classroom and field—are of equal importance within the curriculum, and each contributes to the development of the requisite competencies of professional practice. Field education is systematically designed, supervised, coordinated, and evaluated based on criteria by which students demonstrate the achievement of program competencies.

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Each of the ten core competencies as set forth in the 2008 Educational Policy & Accreditation Standards of the CSWE Commission on Accreditation are to be applied and assessed through the field experience.
Core Assessment:

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

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.
In the first three weeks of the semester, the student will complete an updated 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 Agency Based Field Instructor will be an ongoing process through out the semester. Assessment will reflect the students’ acquisition of competencies identified in the learning contract as well as the instructors assessment of the students overall performance. Student attainment of specified competencies in both Field Seminar and Field Instruction will be formally assessed at the mid point and the end of the semester. The description of requisite competencies is included at the end of this syllabi.
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. Time sheets are due at mid-term and at the end of the semester.

Students will complete two process recordings during the semester, turning them in to the field seminar instructor.

Students will complete an updated resume and “letter of introduction” that will be retained in their permenent file that may be used for completion of academic and professional references. 
Students are encourage to share all written work with their agency based field instructors.


For the field portion of this course: the Field Director will assign the final grade for the course based upon a joint meeting with the student and the field instructor and completion of the Field Competency Review Form. Students will however be informed at any time there is evidence that their performance is unsatisfactory. The learning contract may be revised to include specific goals that must be achieved prior to the end of the semester evaluation to achieve a "passing" grade.
 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  

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.

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 course.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
This is a profession course.  Students are expected to conduct themselves accordingly.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Topics & readings


J   Jan. 17

Jan. 19

    Review of course requirements, assignments and opportunities.

Discussion / TBD


J   Jan. 24

 Jan. 25      

     Jan. 26

 Discussion regarding applying for graduate school. Advance standing, references, schools, GREs…                                                                                                Missouri Housing Development Commission - Homeless “Point in Time Count” Guest Speakers   (Park University / UMKC –MSW Graduates)


J    Jan. 31

 Feb. 02

Resume Writing and Job Search tips. Updated Learning Contracts are due


         Feb. 07

    Feb. 10

 Guest speakers


     Feb. 14

      FEB. 9 

     Feb. 16

Review of professional licensure Requirements in Kansas & Missouri The first “process recording” is due.                                                                           Missouri NASW Licensure Prep course $$                                                           Discussion


     Feb. 21

 Wed. Feb 22

Feb. 23

 Review of Process recordings 

Missouri NASW      “Advocacy Day at the Capital” $$

    Discussion / TBD


     Feb. 28

    Wed. Feb. 29

 March 01

    Discussion / TBD

Kansas NASW Legislative Day (@Washburn University & State House / Topeka) free

Discussion / TBD


    Mar. 06

   Wed. March 2

Wed. March 2

Mar. 08

     Meeting with Juniors SW students to discuss field internships.

NASW Legislative Action Day @ Washburn University in Topeka

Missouri Assoc. of Social Welfare: Legislative Advocacy Day is 3/2 in Jefferson City)

No field seminar class today.

spring break 3/11-18




Missouri NASW Symposium, Lake Ozark, Mo. $$ 

The Assoc. of Baccalaureate S. W. Program Directors, Portland, 0regon $$


    Mar. 20

Mar. 22

 “Social Work Ethics” and “Professional Ethics” exercises on pgs 165 -169.



   Mar. 27

 Mar. 29

Oklahoma NASW Conference (Norman OK.)

 Final Process Recording is due.

Discussion / TBD


     Apr. 3

 Apr. 5

Discussion / TBD

NOTE: Recomendations for "Field Instructor of the Year" and peer recomendations for "Field Student of the Year" are due by April 5.


     Apr. 10

 Apr. 12

 Review & open discussion of “organizational transformation projects,” job searches, and the terror of not knowing everything you think you  need to know!!!


      Apr. 17

 Apr. 19

Fri. Apr. 20

     No class

 No class

The Senior Field Coloquium 8:30-am -1pm. (seniors are required to attend) 


   Apr. 24

   Apr. 26

   An updated Resume and “Letter of Intent” due 4/26.


 May 1

 May 3

       Apr. 27

    Last class meeting: review and wrap –up.

     No Thursday class

   The Heart of Safety: Compassionate Self Defense KC Mo. NASW   $$


 May 10




May 12

    No final: But all  field hours and program assessments are due NO LATER            

than Thursday May 10. These plus all student evaluations must be completed prior to the posting of grades in this class.


Commencement / Graduation

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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)
 *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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