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B.A.S.W. Field Instruction
 
 
Field instruction is a critical part of the B.A.S.W. program. All students in the second year of the major complete a yearlong fieldwork practicum and a seminar that integrates the knowledge learned in the classroom with your experiences in the field.

The 600-hour field instruction course consists of:

  • a 570-hour practicum in generalist social work practice in an agency setting
  • 30 hours of a biweekly integrative seminar.

Both the field instruction and integrative seminar provide you with vital learning experiences for becoming a generalist social work practitioner.


FIELDWORK OPTIONS

For the practicum, you’ll work at a social service agency in close cooperation with an experienced supervisor. The available agencies represent a cross-section of social work practice and a wide range of social work programs.

During your internship, you’ll work with individual clients while being exposed to larger agency and systems practices and issues. Our program is designed so that the courses you take during your internship teach you the skills you’ll need to use there.

You have the choice of fulfilling your 570 on-site hours in one of three ways:

  • 21-hour field education: You’ll work 21 hours, over three days per week. Placement begins in September and ends in early May.
  • 14-hour field education: You’ll work 14 hours, over two days per week. Placement begins in September and ends in July.
  • Work study: Some students qualify to work either 21 or 14 hours per week at the social service agency where they are currently employed in a social work capacity.

If you have a conflicting work schedule and cannot perform fieldwork during weekday business hours, we will try to find evening and weekend
placements for you. However, you are still required to spend at least four consecutive hours per week at the internship during the agency’s regular working hours, typically 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This allows you to participate in important learning experiences, such as staff meetings and professional consultations.


INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR

The Integrative Seminar is a required course that meets 15 times during your senior year. It is limited to 15 students, all in the B.A.S.W. program.

The seminar is a supportive learning community where you can talk about what you are learning in your internship and integrate it with what you are learning in your social work classes. The seminar features a variety of learning experiences, including discussions, brief lectures, student presentations, and guest speakers.

Attendance in the seminar is required as part of your obligation to fulfill the 600 hours of the Field Practicum course. You will not get a separate grade or additional credits for the seminar.

The Integrative Seminar is lead by your social work faculty adviser. He or she is also your point person at Fordham regarding any issues at your field placement.

By the end of the field instruction and integrative seminar course, you will have developed the basic skills needed for working with diverse populations and an understanding of the common base of social work practice across a wide range of settings.


GETTING A FIELD PLACEMENT

Rachelle Kammer, Ph.D., the field instruction coordinator for the B.A.S.W. program, will contact you about meeting in the spring semester before your fall internship begins. You will need to fill out a form about your interests and experiences (Form to Connect a Student With a Field Placement) and e-mail it to her at kammer@fordham.edu.

Dr. Kammer will try to place you in an internship that balances the program requirements with your interests, schedule, and transportation needs. She also welcomes your suggestions for possible placements in which you might be interested.

Once you have been assigned to an agency, you and your field instructor will need to complete a Field Instruction Educational Agreement form and e-mail it to Dr. Kammer
at kammer@fordham.edu.


QUESTIONS?
  • Or contact Rachelle Kammer, Ph.D., the field instruction coordinator for the B.A.S.W. program, at kammer@fordham.edu or (212) 636-6660.
 
 

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