SW420 Field Instruction I

for FA 2012

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SW 420 Field Instruction I


FA 2012 HO


Bachman, Gary E.


Associate Professor & Director of Field Education



Office Location


Office Hours

T/R 9-11A & 1-3P  M/W 9:30-12 or by appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

913.634.4976 (does NOT work when I am on campus)


Semester Dates


Class Days

Your weekly schedule in field is to be determined in collaboration with your agency based field instructor.

Class Time

You must conplete no fewer than 10 hours in field each week between weeks 2 & 14. Completing 225 clock hours by the end of the semester.


Admission to the social work major.

Credit Hours


The Social Work Practicum, The Guide and Workbook for Students, Garthwait, C. ISBN: 0-205-40802-8     (NOTE: You do not need to purchase this text: Copies are on reserve in the library. PDF copies of the assignments are in the Doc Sharing File)

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Course Description:
SW420 Field Instruction I: This course provides an educationally-oriented practice experience in an agency setting under the supervision of an approved agency-based field instructor. It provides an opportunity for students to apply the knowledge, skills, and ethical principles presented in classroom setting. Students must complete a minimum of 225 hours in the practicum setting. Prerequisites: SW310, Social Work Major, and permission of the instructor. Concurrent enrollment in SW421 required. 5 credits  
  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 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 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. Function effectively within a generalist context as a beginning professional.
  2. Function effectively within the organizational context of the assigned field agency.
  3. Function effectively through the application of knowledge based practice skills.
  4. Function effectively within an ongoing process of interpersonal and supervisory evaluation.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. NOTE: There are new course objectives that differ from those of prior semesters: A particular focus in this course will be upon the attainment of competencies 2.1-10 described in the CSWE – Accreditation Standards.  Those competencies -referenced here by number- are detailed in the document titled CSWE –EPAS available on the on the course e-companion “doc-share file. http://www.parkonline.org/    Competencies are referenced to each objective.
  2. 1. Demonstrate the ability to integrate classroom knowledge with field experience.
  3. 2. Demonstrate awareness of the place of social work values in direct practice.
  4. 3. Effectively present practice situations and professional dilemmas encountered in field.
  5. Apply appropriate self-evaluation of practice behavior.
  6. 5. Give and receive feedback constructively and develop insight into professional behavior.
  7. Demonstrate an ability to appropriately seek, accept, and apply supervision and guidance from peers.
Core Assessment:

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
(Field Experience): In the first three weeks of the semester, the student will complete a learning plan (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 as well as a self-assessment will be an ongoing process throughout 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.

The Department of Social Work Field Director or appointed field laision will visit the agency at least once during the semester to meet jointly with the field instructor and student. The Field Director will assign the final grade for the course based upon a joint meeting with the student and the field instructor. 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.

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.

Other assignments, originating within the agency setting should be expected. Assignments in field may be expected to have some measure of impact upon clients, the field supervisor and / or the agency. 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.

(Seminar):   Learning Plan, Two Process Recordings, Weekly Journal notes, Attendance and Participation. CO refers to course objectives met, noted in parenthesis. Guidelines for assignments are posted on the course e-Companion site. (200 points total: A= 200-180, B= 179-160, C=159-140. *This course must be passed with a score greater than 140.)

(40 pts) Learning Plan (CO1-6)

(60 pts) Weekly e-Companion journal note (CO1-6) 4pt/per wk, (15 wks). Entries must post no later than Tuesday of the following week for credit. 2 points per week deduction for delayed postings.

(60 pts- 30 pts / each) Two Process Recordings. (CO1-6) (A template for these process recordings is posted in the Doc. Share file.)

(30 pts) Supervision Log (12 separate log documents -2 pts each) & timesheet (midterm 3pts, end of semester / cumulative -3pts)

(10 pts) Attendance and Participation. This is a professional preparatory course.  Issues relevant to professional practice and professional development will regularly be addressed. (CO1-6) Your presence and active involvement is  critical to creating the most effective learning atmosphere for yourself as well as your peers. You will be expected to demonstrate listening skills, attentiveness, respect, professional dialogue, and compassion with and for your colleagues as you would display when working with a service participant. You are allowed two unexcused absences without point penalty. For each absence beyond this two (2) points will be deducted from your class participation grade. If you miss 5 classes you will receive 0 points for class participation.

This professional (five credit hour) field experience is graded essentially as a pass (A) or fail (F.) The determination of whether a pass or fail grade is issued will be based upon the agency based field instructors completion of a standardized periodic assessment and a discussion of that assessment instrument between the field instructor, the student and the director of field education. The assignment of a grade is at the discretion of the Director of Field Education. Removal from a field agency for violation of agency policy including absenteeism, tardiness, or unprofessional conduct may result in your removal from the field experience and an F for the semester. Removal from the field experience for violation of the NASW  professional code of ethics may result in removal from the field experience, the issuance of a grade of "F" in the course and possibly dismissal from the BSW degree program.

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:
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.

Students in this field experience are subject to the rules and regulations* of the field agency.
Student in this field experience are expected to behave in accordance with the guidelines set down in the NASW Code of Ethics.*

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Your schedule in field is to be determined in collaboration with your agency based field instructor. You are required to complete 225 hours in field over the course of the semester.(this averages to 15 hours a week for the 15 weeks that class is in session. You MAY accumilate hours through the fall recess and through Thursday of finals week.

The following schedule is for the Field Seminar (SW421) course you are also enrolled in. This is posted here for your convenience as all of these assignments are directly linked to your field experience.

Week 1    (Tuesday / Friday) Review of, course expectations, and assignments: “Field Learning Plans,” "Journal notes" "supervision logs"       8/20   (Friday / Attendance Required) Field Workshop @– Park University Distance Learning Classroom 8:30A- 1:15P

Week 2 (Tuesday / Thursday)   Review of learning plans. 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 field learning plan.)

Week 3 (Tuesday) Field Learning Plans are Due. Read / be prepared to discuss in class Workbook Ch. 4 & 8 and exercises on pgs. 36-38 & 84-90.    Thursday   Discussion of graduate school opportunities and procedures.

Week 4   (Tuesday) Read / be prepared to discuss in class, Workbook Ch. 5     “Using Supervision” & exercise on pg. 48-51. (Thursday) Supervision Group 1

Week 5    (Tuesday) Open discussion of field matters. (Thursday) Supervision Group 3

Week 6     (Tuesday) Read and be prepared to discuss in class, Workbook Ch.13 & 14   “SW Ethics”& “Professional Ethics” exercises on pgs.165-169, & 177-180   (Thursday) Supervision Group 2

Week 7*     (Tuesday) Read and be prepared to discuss in class, Workbook Ch. 6  Matters of Personal Safety  (Thursday) Supervision Group 4

 (*Mid semester evaluations / agency visits will be scheduled between 09/27 & 10/06.)

Week 8*     First Process Recording is due.   Read & be prepared to discuss, Workbook Ch. 7 “Communications” & exercise on page 72-74. (no session scheduled for Thursday)

 FALL RECESS no seminar is scheduled

Week 9 (Tuesday) discussion & review of professional licensure requirements. (Thursday) Supervision Group 1                 

Week 10    (Tuesday) Read and be prepared to discuss in class, Workbook Ch.9 “The Community Context of Practice” and the exercise on pg. 98-105  (Thursday) Supervision Group 2

Week 11 (Tuesday) . Read and be prepared to discuss in class, Workbook Ch. 10,    “The Social Problem Context of Practice.”   (Thursday) Supervision Group 3        

Week 12    (Tuesday) Open discussion / applying for graduate school.  (Thursday) Supervision Group 4

Week 13   (Tuesday Only) Open discussion / guest speakers. Second Process Recording is due   (Thursday) No seminar scheduled

Week 14*   (Tuesday only) Read & be prepared to discus in class workbook ch 17, "Evaluation of Student Performance" and exercise on pg 222-25. (Thursday) No seminar scheduled        *Mid Year evaluations / end of semester agency visits will be scheduled 11/22 -12/09.

Week 15*    (Tuesday Only) 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. Seminar does not meet.    You must have completed all 225 hours in your field agency by Thursday 12/13.

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 95-96
As a students enrolled in this professional course, you should make every effort to become familiar with the NASW Code of Ethics as you are accountable to these standrds. Academic dishonesty represents a violation of that professional code.

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 95
Plagerism also represents a violation of ethical principles described in the NASW Code of Ethics.

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 98
Students are required to complete 225 hours at the field agency in the course of this 15 week semester.  The schedule should average 15 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 .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
 *Behaves 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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 Practices 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   
 Contributes to the effectiveness and function of the field agency. CO1,2,3,   


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