Field Education Information 2014 - 2016 or 2014 - 2017. CSU Long Beach School of Social Work. Field Education. An opportunity to integrate theoretical knowledge with actual practice An opportunity to practice the skills that you are learning in the classroom
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CSU Long Beach
School of Social Work
Field consists of two experiences:
Hours in class are in addition to the 1000 Field hours
Concentration Field 2015 – 2016
Concentration Field 2016 - 2017
Field Seminar – 2 hrs/week
2-year students: Mondays at 1 pm
3-year students: Mondays at 5 pm OR
Saturdays at 8 am
You will have an opportunity to choose.
Practice Courses concurrent with Field Internship
The 3 Year Model requires that student be available for classes Monday night, Wednesday night and Saturday. Therefore, Saturday cannot be one of your field days.
Field is graded Credit or No Credit. It means not just showing up and then completing hours. PARTICIPATE, DEMONSTRATE, APPLY SKILLS YOU ARE LEARNING.
Internship is about learning in the context of the agency, not practice as an employee.
We work closely with Disabled Student Services
You must be registered with them if accommodation is needed in Field.
Before you begin your foundation year field placement, you must attend a mandatory Field Lab, which will be part of “Beach Academy”
2-year students: This will take place on Tuesday, September 2nd. There will be a lab fee of $25 or less. More information will be emailed to you over the summer
3-year students: Your Lab will take place in September 2015. You will receive more information next spring.
Lab prepares you for the Internship Experience
Notices will be posted on “Student Corner” in BeachBoard.
Different experience from your work – “stretch yourself”
Experiences vary from case management to psychotherapy. 1st year is Generalist/Direct Practice focused
Staying in the “learner role” in the internship.
Second Year Field within your concentration can include clinical (micro);
Macro (Administrative) = Grant Writing, Program Planning, Community Focused, etc.
Agency of Employment if it meets certain criteria and approved by Field Faculty
For students who choose Child and Family Well-Being as a concentration:
PPS – School Social Work – 2nd year Field placement
UCCF – Public Child Welfare with work commitment in LA County DCFS –2nd year only
CalSWEC Child Welfare – stipend with work commitment
For students who choose Integrated Health as a concentration:
LA County DMH - 2nd year –Stipend – work commitment in LA County DMH
For students who choose Adulthood and Aging as a concentration:
GSWEC – stipend program – 2nd year -no work commitment
Only University-Approved Agencies are used for Field Internship sites.
Legal Contract with the University.
Field Instructors must have MSW, at least 2 yrs post MSW
Field Instructors must attend Trainings
Students must not attempt to develop their own placements; however, if you know of agencies interested in interns, let us know.
Students assigned to a specific seminar
Students remain in the same assigned seminar for the entire academic year (both semesters)
Seminar Instructor is the Field Liaison. This individual will conference with the student and the Field Instructor once each semester.
Field Seminar is conducted as a group of typically 14-16 students. Student is expected to participate, share, support each other, provide feedback, raise issues, problem solve and process.
Seminar days and times shared earlier
Being responsible for learning cooperatively with field instructor and agency
Daytime hours – no agency offers just evening hours to students
Student experiences function of the agency
Plan your schedule now in preparation for field!
Time Management is critical issue.
Challenges of rigors of school, life, work, internship, personal responsibilities
Courses are sequenced according to the model you are in. You may not rearrange the sequencing without first checking with Dr. Nancy Meyer-Adams, Associate Director.
Stipends are very limited, especially for 1st year
Do NOT count on a stipend.
Establish CSULB email address
Frequent Student Corner on BeachBoard!
Check out Field Bulletin Board regularly for information that might be helpful for you.
BE ENGAGED, REALISTIC, MANAGE YOUR TIME, AND ENJOY!
IT IS WELL WORTH IT!