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How to Make the Most of Your Social Work Field Placement

Your time here as a social welfare student involves attending class and participating in field placements. Field placements provide opportunities to work in the social work profession under the supervision of those experienced in the field. This is a valuable part of your education here at the University at Albany. To enhance your knowledge and experience regarding to field placements, the Dewey Library has several relevant books and journals. There are also many useful online sources relating to field placements in the social work profession.

Here at the Dewey Library you may want to check out:

In the field: a guide for the social work practicum. William A. Danowski. Boston: Pearson, c2012.
Dewey Library HV 11 D357 2012

Contemporary field social work: integrating field and classroom experience. Mark Doel, Steven M. Shardlow, & Paul G. Johnson. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE Publications, c2011.
Dewey Library HV 11 D635 2011

The practicum companion for social work: integrating class and field work. Julie Birkenmaier &Marla Berg-Weger. Boston, MA: Pearson A and B, c2007.
Dewey Library HV 11 B44 2007

Educational supervision in social work: a task-centered model for field instruction and staff development. Jonathan Caspi & William J. Reid. New York: Columbia University Press, c2002.
Dewey Library HV 11 C335 2002

The University Libraries also subscribes to journals that provide more information on field placement. These are all available online:

Journal of Social Work Education
Online / Periodical: HV 11 J664X WWW

Social Work Education
Online / Periodical: WWW

Journal of Teaching Social Work
Online / Periodical: HV 11 J664X WWW

In addition to online journal subscriptions, there are also several online sources:

Here at the University at Albany, you are required to complete two field placements. The School of Social Welfare has detailed information on field placementsfor MSW and BSW students. In addition you can learn details about the requirements you will need to fulfill while pursuing your social work degree.

For general information on field work placements, mswprograms.com is a good place to look. Here, you will understand the basics of field placement, general school requirements, and the differences between your first and second year placements.

The OCFS Graduate Student Training Program through the New York State Social Education Consortium provides field placement opportunities to social welfare students. Tuition support for those already working in child welfare services is available as well as stipends for interns.

The Office of Mental Health provides a list of evidence-based practice in mental health field placement sites in New York State. The sites listed are all EBP approved sites for field placement. This is a great resource for those of you interested in EBP and mental health.

Once you’ve graduated, you may want to become a licensed clinical social worker. The New York State Office of the Professions has information on how to obtain your clinical license. Keep this information stored away until you need it! It can be a confusing process but the Office of the Professions helps break down the information into something manageable.

If you have any more questions on field placement resources, please contact our social welfare bibliographer, Elaine Lasda Bergman by email at elasdabergman@albany.edu or phone at 442-3695.

Blog post created by Kathryn Farrell