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SW 421 Field Instruction Seminar I
Bachman, Gary E.


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.

Course

SW 421 Field Instruction Seminar I

Semester

FA 2012 HO

Faculty

Bachman, Gary E.

Title

Associate Professor & Director of Field Education

Degrees/Certificates

MSSW, LSCSW

Office Location

MA22

Office Hours

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

Daytime Phone

816 584-6504

Other Phone

cell (913)634-4976 (does not work if I am in the underground)

E-Mail

gary.bachman@park.edu

Semester Dates

August 21- December  14, 2012

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM

Prerequisites

admission to the major

Credit Hours

1


Textbook:
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:
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
 

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. 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.


  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. 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. 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:
(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.

(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.
 
(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.

Grading:
(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
(60 pts) Weekly e-Companion journal note 
(60 pts- 30 pts / each) Two Process Recordings.
(30 pts) Supervision Log
(10 pts) Attendance and Participation

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:
 

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:
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

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
 Completes and submits weekly journal entries regarding the field experience via, “eCompanion.” CO1-5   
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
 Journal entries address matters of:  -weekly activities CO1  -proposed topics for supervision CO4, 5,6  -examination of ethical issues CO2,3,4

 
  
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
 -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   
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
 -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   
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
 Recognizes and addresses practice issues in a manner that is consistent with  “generalist” social work practice. CO1,2   
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
 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   
Relationship                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
 Effectively communicates current issues. Participates in a reciprical sharing of information & problem solving with the seminar instructor. CO6   

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