Student Information and FAQs
 
UNDERGRADUATE BASW STUDENT INFORMATION AND FAQS
Q: How many hours must I complete in the field placement?

A: Students in SW 444 must complete 270 hours. Students in SW 445 must complete 360 hours. This is a requirement of all BASW programs that are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Seminar classes and related learning experiences count toward the total hours. Students should expect to spend approximately16-18 hours each week in agency work with SW 444 during the fall and spring semesters, and approximately 22-24 hours per week with SW 445 during the fall and spring semesters.

Q: What date can I can start my practicum?

A: The start date is the first day of the semester. You must ask for and receive permission from your Practicum Professor to begin early. No placement may begin prior to the first day of the month the semester begins. Students are assigned to practicum sections by the field office.

Q: What are the prerequisites and when will I begin field education?

A: SW 444: Students must have earned a C or higher in SW 300, SW 421, and SW 430. Full time BASW students take SW 444 in conjunction with SW 435, SW 422, and SW 350.

SW 445: Students must have earned a C or higher in SW 400, SW 450, and SW 460. Full time BASW students take SW 445 with/ before SW470.
SW 444 may be taken in the summer. Please note that other full major courses, with the exception of upper division electives, are not offered in the summer.

Q: Are there other requirements before I begin field education?

A.: All students must complete their registration and student pages in the Field Intern Placement Tracking (IPT) database prior to registering for the course.

Students must also sign permission for, and submit to, a criminal background check. All students must take the Situational Awareness Training and pass the competency quiz before starting a field placement. All forms and instructions for completion are located on the CoSW Field Education website.
Situational Awareness— Situational Awareness Training and the competency quiz are located online in Blackboard. Instructions for enrolling are located on the Field Education website on the Field Placements page. This training only needs to be taken once.

Q: How do I find a field placement?

A: The College has a list of approved agencies for your review in the Field IPT database. You will receive a handout with directions for setting up and using your IPT account. This handout is also located on the Field website. The Director of Field Education will provide group advising for SW444 students. Field Prof. Sheryl Wolverton will assist SW444 students with their choice of agencies after reviewing agency preferences in IPT. Field Prof. Brenda Rosen will assist SW445 students with their choice of agencies after reviewing agency preferences in IPT. All students are responsible for contacting the agencies in a timely manner to arrange interviews.

Q: How should I dress for agency interviews?

A: You should treat the interview as a professional job interview, and dress in “business casual” attire. Nice pants/dress/skirt and a nice conservative shirt/blouse, button down or polo style for men. NO jeans, t-shirts, low-cut blouses, short skirts/dresses, shorts, flip flops or hats.

Q: Can I complete a field placement at my place of employment?

A: That is possible for SW445 students if certain criteria are met. Students electing this option must complete and submit an employment/field placement application with the supporting documents. The application will not be approved unless all supporting information is submitted with the application. Read the application carefully. The form is located on the Field Education website.

Q: Can I complete two placements in the same agency?

A: SW444 and SW445 should be completed in different agencies. Exceptions may be made if the agency is large enough to allow for substantial breadth, depth, and diversity in the practicum experiences.

Q: Are there any paid placements?

A: Paid field placements are very limited. Notices will be posted on the Student Listserv when paid placements are available. These placements are competitive, and some of the paid placements must be completed in specific semesters.

Q: Can I complete an international placement or field placement in another state?

A: This is possible. Students must complete at least one field education course on campus before requesting such an option. Since there will be no field seminar with this type of placement, the Director of Field Education will meet with the student individually to establish course requirements, deadlines, hours, etc.

Contact Information:

Pamela Weeks, JD, MSW                                      Lynn Wallace
Director of Field Education                                  Program Support Assistant

plweeks@uky.edu                                                     Blwall1@uky.edu

Sheryl Wolverton, MSW, LCSW                          Field Office:   859-257-6667
sherylww@gmail.com                                                                         859-257-4527 fax                                          

Brenda Rosen, MSW, CSW
Bbelrose14@hotmail.com              

Important questions to ask when searching for a BASW Field Placement

2015 Spring Field Education Information and Deadlines (pdf)

GRADUATE MSW STUDENT INFORMATION AND FAQS


Q: How many hours must I complete in field placements?

A: Students in the two year MSW program must complete three field placements of 300 hours each. Advanced standing students must complete two field placements of 300 hours each. This is a requirement of all MSW programs that are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Seminar classes and related learning experiences count toward the total hours. Students should expect to spend 18-20 hours a week in agency work during the Fall and Spring semesters, and approximately 24 hours per week in the Summer semester.

Q: What are the prerequisites and when will I begin field education?

A:        SW 640: 600, 601, 602, 630, 635, 650 or concurrent

SW 741:  640 or advanced standing status, in addition: 721, 737 or concurrent.  Practicum is taken concurrently with 751

SW 740: 640 or advanced standing status, in addition: 718, 724, 726 or concurrent. Practicum is taken concurrently with 750

60-hour MSW students in the full time program will complete their foundation practicum in the first spring semester. Part-time 60-hour students will complete their foundation practicum in the summer semester.

All students complete their concentration practicum courses over the final fall and spring semesters before completing the program.
Students are assigned to practicum course sections by the field office.

Q: Are there other requirements before I begin field education?

A.: All students must complete their student pages in the IPT Field Placement database prior to registering for a practicum course. Students will receive individual log-in information from the Field Office. Additionally, all students must sign permission for, and submit to, a criminal background check. Forms are located on the CoSW Field Education website.

All students must take the Situational Awareness Training online, and pass the competency exam, before beginning a practicum placement. Directions are on the CoSW Field Education website.Note: if you are an advanced standing student who completed the situational awareness component as a UK undergraduate, you will not need to repeat the training.

Q: How do I find a field placement?

A: The College has a list of approved agencies for your review in the IPT Field Placement database. You will receive a handout with directions for setting up and using your IPT account. The directions and web-link are also located on the CoSW Field Education website. The Director of Field Education and the Field Advisors will assist SW640 students with their choice of agencies after reviewing the student pages and agency preferences in IPT. SW740 and SW741 students will be assisted by their practicum professors and the Director of Field Education as needed. All students are responsible for contacting the agencies in a timely manner to arrange placement interviews.

Q:  How should I dress for agency interviews?

A:   You should treat the interview as a professional job interview, and dress in “business casual” attire. Nice pants/dress/skirt and a nice conservative shirt/blouse, button down or polo style for men. NO jeans, t-shirts, low-cut blouses, short skirts/dresses, shorts, flip flops or hats.

Q: Can I complete a field placement at my place of employment?

A: That is possible if certain criteria are met. Students electing this option must complete and submit a Practicum at Place of Employment application with the supporting documents. The application will not be approved unless all supporting information is submitted with the application. Read the application carefully. The form is located on the CoSW Field Education website.

Q: Can I complete two placements in the same agency?  

A: The concentration placements, SW 740/742 (CSW) or SW 741/743(CSD), are to be completed in the same agency. The second semester in the agency adds breadth and depth to the first semester experience. Students complete their research projects at the placement agency, and this is more easily accomplished if a student remains in the same agency. SW640 is completed in an agency that is different from the agency that is planned for the concentration year.

Q: Are there any paid placements?

A: Paid field placements are very limited. Notices will be posted on the Student Listserv when paid placements are available. These placements are competitive, and some of the paid placements must be completed in specific semesters.

Q: Can I complete an international placement or field placement in another state?

A:  This is possible. Students must complete at least one field education course on campus before requesting such an option. Since there will be no field seminar with this type of placement, the Director of Field Education will meet with the student individually to establish course requirements, deadlines, hours, etc.


Contact Information

Pamela Weeks, JD, MSW                                                     Desha Scanlon, MSW
Director of Field Education                                                 MSW Advisor
plweeks@uky.edu                                                                   desha.scanlon@uky.edu  

Lynn Wallace                                                                         Field Advisors
Program Support Assistant                                             Sheryl Woolverton, LCSW
blwall1@uky.edu                                                                  sherylww@gmail.com

Field Office: 859-257-6667 phone                                  Brenda Rosen, MSW, CSW
                        859-323-1030 fax                                           bbelrose14@hotmail.com

On the web at:

http://www.uky.edu/SocialWork/FieldEducation

Important questions to ask when searching for a MSW Field Placement

2015 Spring Field Education Information and Deadlines (pdf)

MSW CONCENTRATION INFORMATION

Clinical Social Work (CSW) Concentration Description

Guidelines for Clinical Social Work Practicum Selection

Community and Social Development (CSD) Concentration Description

Guidelines for Community and Social Development Practicum Selection