FAU School of Social Work
MSW Field Orientation
Summer 3, 2015
Fall 2015
Spring 2016
Welcome to the Field Program
The field education program is known as the signature
pedagogy for the social work program. Field is the place where
you experience real life situations. Here you learn how to
integrate your knowledge into practice.
You will receive valuable information and develop social
work skills as you work alongside a professional social worker
and other staff in your placement.
The field faculty is committed to providing you with the
best opportunity for your learning experience and supporting
you while you are in the field.
Arlene F. Kaplan, Ph.D., MSW
Coordinator of Field Education
Field Manual
Available on-line at:
IPT Database
Available on-line at:
Read this entire PowerPoint.
Complete the Student Field Information Sheet. Contact Tod Marshall at
[email protected] for access to this form.
You will be notified to complete an application in the IPT database
After completing your application you will be contacted by email with
additional directions regarding your application and additional forms to
You will be contacted to schedule a face-to-face interview with a School of
Social Work Field Faculty.
At the interview, the Field Faculty will discuss placement issues and the
placment process.
The field faculty will make a referral to the agency.
You will schedule and attend your interview at your placement.
What Level Are You?
Foundation Students
• First year MSW students enter the MSW program with little to
no course work in social work and do not qualify for the
Advanced Standing Program.
• Full time students will complete their degree requirements in
two years, completing their internship each year that they are
in the program.
• Part time students will complete their degree requirements in
four years completing their internship in the second and fourth
• Students must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited
• This placement is not considered a clinical placement.
What Level Are You?
Concentration and Advanced Standing Students
• Students have completed the Foundation year courses or have
been accepted into the advanced standing program.
• Part time students will complete this internship in their
fourth year.
• Full time students will complete this internship in their
second year.
• Advanced Standing students have completed a BSW within the
last five years and have a gpa above 3.5. The Foundation year
is waived for advanced standing students. If accepted they are
allowed to enter the MSW program at the Concentration level.
• This placement is considered a clinical placement.
Field Dates
• Your placement will start Sept. 14, 2015 and continue until Dec. 11, 2015
• You will have vacation and will not be allowed to be at your internship from Dec.
12, 2015 through Jan. 10, 2016
• You will return to the same agency on Jan. 11, 2016 and continue until April 15,
• The earliest you can end your field is the week of April 15, 2016
Field Dates –
Concentration & Advanced Standing
• Your placement will start August 31, 2015 and continue until Dec. 11, 2015
• You will have vacation and will not be allowed to be at your internship from Dec.
12, 2015 through Jan. 10, 2016
• You will return to the same agency on Jan. 11, 2016 and continue until April 29,
• The earliest you can end your field is the week of April 29, 2016
Extended Concentration
• Only part time students are allowed to
begin field in the summer.
• Starting field in the summer allows
students to decrease their required field
hours from 20 to 16 hours weekly.
Field Dates
Extended Concentration
Your placement will start July 6, 2015 and continue until Dec. 11, 2015
You will have vacation and will not be allowed to be at your internship from Dec. 12,
2015 through Jan. 10, 2016
You will return to the same agency on Jan. 11, 2016 and continue until April 29, 2016
The earliest day you can end your field is the week of April 29, 2016
Starting Early
You may not start your field prior to the first day of field as noted in the previous slides,
except in very rare circumstances (ie., mandatory agency orientation)
Any request to start field prior to the first day of the semester must be sent via email to the
Coordinator of Field Education Dr. Arlene Kaplan ([email protected]) and written
permission must be granted by the Coordinator prior to the requested start date
If permission is granted to start early, the extra hours must be adjusted during the
semester as students can not end field early, carry field hours from one semester
to the next or take vacation during field
No field hours will be counted prior to the beginning of the semester without written
permission from the Coordinator of Field Education
Field Hours - Foundation
You will complete:
400 hours in the Field Agency over two
16*hours a week field education in a
community agency during fall and
spring semesters
*does not include field seminar hours
Field Hours - Concentration
You will complete:
600 hours in the Field Agency over two
20* hours a week field education in a
community agency during fall and
spring semesters
*does not include field seminar hours
Field Hours – Extended Concentration
(Part time students only)
You will complete:
600 hours in the Field Agency over two
and a half semesters
16* hours a week field education in a
community agency during summer, fall
and spring semesters
*does not include field seminar hours
Extended Concentration
& Financial Aid Requirements
$ Those students who are working and need to do their field placement for fewer
hours per week will be allowed to spread their placement out over three semesters.
$ Students who do the extended option will receive an “I” at the end of the summer
semester and will not register again for field for the fall semester.
$ The Office of Financial aid requires that part-time students who are on financial
aid must be registered for at least 6 credits each semester.
$ Therefore , part-time students on financial aid who choose the extended option will
be required in the fall to take and pay for an extra 3 credit course in order to qualify
for financial aid. Students have the option of enrolling in an additional social work
elective or any three credit course in the university. Independent studies by faculty
from the School of Social Work will not be approved.
$ The extended concentration placement is optional. If you are a part-time student
and can not afford the additional 3 credits, you will need to enter field in the fall
Mandatory Day Time Hours Required for Field
• In order to provide a quality educational experience, and
ensure you receive proper supervision, you must free up at least
8 daytime hours each week (i.e., 8 AM – 5 PM) Monday
through Friday to do your placement.
• The 8 hours can be done all in one day or broken up between
two 4 hour days.
• This is required of all students regardless whether you are full
time or part time, and foundation or concentration level.
MSW – Full Acceptance
Only students who have been accepted by
the School of Social Work can apply for
the field
Individual interviews and referrals to an
agency will not occur unless you have
been fully accepted by the School of
Social Work
MSW Foundation
Seminar Class
 The seminar course will meet the first time on
August 25, 2015, and will continue to meet for the
next three weeks of the Fall semester and then
meet every other week for the rest of the Fall
semester. The schedule for the Spring semester
will be provided later in the Fall semester.
Changes to the schedule may occur as needed.
 The classes will meet each time for 3 hours.
MSW Concentration
Seminar Class
 MSW Concentration students starting in the fall –
you will receive an email through your FAU email
account prior to the start of the semester with the
dates/times the seminar will be held. The first
seminar meeting will be held on August 24, 2015.
 MSW Extended students starting in the summer –
you will be notified via your FAU email when the 3hour seminar course will meet for the summer 3
seminar. You will join the regular field seminar in
the fall and spring semesters.
MSW Field Seminar Course
 Attendance is required at all of the field seminars
 It is mandatory to attend the first seminar of the
semester as this is when many details of your field
experience will be explained including, but not
limited to expectations, assignments, hours, forms,
Blackboard, etc.
 Failure to attend seminars may result in additional
assignments and/or termination from the course. 20
Attendance in Field
No vacations for
social work field
o The only time you will be allowed to take off is during
the winter break between semesters.
o You will not be allowed to take a vacation during any
semester that you are in your internship.
Field Application Process
Malpractice/Liability Insurance
 Student liability insurance in the amount of
$1,000,000/$3,000,000 will be purchased on your behalf by the
School of Social Work and will be covered by tuition/clinical
lab fees that you pay.
 The liability insurance only covers your action while you are a
student at your field placement and does not cover you for any
other activities or jobs.
 Always identify yourself as a student to reduce liability when
working in the field
Field Application Process
Application for field will be completed online by the 4th
Friday of the Spring semester prior to semester you
intend to start field.
You will be contacted via email confirming that your
field application has been accepted. You will also be
told which field faculty member will interview you.
3. A field faculty member or representative will call you
within 10 working days to schedule your interview.
4. You must bring an updated resume and the required
four field forms with you when you have your
individual interview with the Field Faculty.
You will not be referred to an agency until you have
submitted the resume and forms to the Field Faculty.
Field Application Process (Disclosure)
• You will need to discuss with the designated FAU Field
Faculty if there have been any current or past situations
in your life that may impact where you should be placed
(i.e., being in recovery, being the victim of domestic
violence, having a terminally ill relative, etc).
• Students need to self disclose if any
agency may represent a conflict of
interest situation for the student,
the student’s family or significant others
(i.e., you or a family member being a client of an agency
currently or in the past, working at an agency in the past,
donating large sums of money to the agency, family
connections at agency, etc).
Field Interview Process (Matched …)
 You may be matched with an agency by Field Faculty during
the field advisement appointment or shortly thereafter
 Under NO circumstances are you to contact an agency
before being given permission to do so.
 You need to make an appointment to meet your agency
supervisor as soon as you are referred to an agency by your
Field Faculty. Dont delay or you may lose your placement
 You may have to drive to an agency outside your immediate
community to achieve the best educational opportunity
Field Interview Process (Screenings)
 Foundation Students: You will be required to undergo a level 2
background screening at your own expense.
 Do not start this process until instructed to do so.
 Instructions on how to get this process started is contained in this
link: https://www.certifiedbackground.com/online_submission/login.php
 Concentration Students: You need to find out from the field
agency what screening process (police, drug, TB, etc.) the agency
requires and begin the process as soon as they interview and
accept you.
Background Screenings
• It is mandatory that you disclose all issues regarding
arrests, charges (regardless of outcome), or any
criminal involvement.
• Information should be provided on the FAU field
application, the background disclosure form, to the
FAU field faculty, and also at the agency interview.
• Failure to disclose may cause you to lose your
internship, delay in entering field until the next
semester, or termination from the MSW program.
Background Screenings
• If you do not have the documentation (court
disposition records) , please begin the process to
request the documentation for all charges
immediately and provide to the field faculty who is
assigned to interview you.
• Field faculty will not proceed with your placement
referral until the documentation is received.
Background Screenings
• At the preplacement interview you need to
find out from the field agency what, if any,
screening process (police, drug, TB, etc.) the
agency requires and begin the process as soon
as they interview and accept you
• You need to ask where to go and who will be
paying for the screenings
Level 2 Background
Certified Background – www.certifiedbackground.com
•Enter package code: FL40a
•Enter package code: FL40b (hospital placements
•Student support: 1-888-914-7279
Spirit of Giving Network
•261 NW 13th St., Boca Raton on Tues or Thurs.
•FAU VECHS #: V50020006
• U.S. Health Works
• Solantic
Field Interview Process (Impressions)
• Dress up for your agency interview – you want to
make a good impression.
• Ask during the interview
about appropriate agency
dress in the future.
Agency Interview Process
∫ At your agency interview, the agency supervisor
usually will inform you if you are accepted by the
agency for your placement
∫ At the end of the interview, you will have the person
interviewing you complete the Confirmation of
Placement form: http://fau.edu/ssw/pdf/Confirmation
∫ If accepted, be sure to arrange your start date and
field schedule with your supervisor during the
∫ Once you have arranged the days and hours that you
will be at your agency internship, you may not change
either the days or hours without the permission and
agreement of the agency and the Field Instructor.
After Agency Interview
∫ Immediately following your interview, you must either fax
to the Field Faculty who interviewed you or bring in to the
Social Work office the signed Confirmation of Placement
∫ If the agency does not accept you for placement – call the
FAU Field Faculty you interviewed with immediately
∫ Refer to the Field Manual for further information on the
placement Process.
Focus of Placements
 All placements will expose you to new
populations and new skills
 All placements will entail working
with micro, mezzo, and macro populations
 MSW Foundation students will utilize the
Generalist Intervention Model
 MSW Concentration students will have
a clinical placement
Own Agency Placement Proposals
• Must be approved by field faculty and
Coordinator of Field Education and meet all
requirements as stated on page 1 of the OAP
policy/proposal packet.
• Proposal Packet is contained here:
The qualified field instructor does not need to be
licensed but must have a MSW degree, two years of
post graduate social work experience and have taken
(or be willing to take) a 16 hour field instructor
supervisory training
You must receive a minimum of one hour of
individual supervision each week from a qualified
field instructor
Problems & Student Success
 Notify your seminar instructor of any placement concerns
 Try to resolve your problems with your agency field instructor before
asking the seminar instructor to intervene
 The seminar instructor will usually try to resolve the problem before
proceeding to a Student Success Conference
 The Student Success Conference is a strength based process (not a
disciplinary process) to assist in resolving concerns
 Students will usually be asked to a Student Success Conference prior to
termination from the field to resolve the problem unless the problem is too
severe to be able to be resolved
Examples of Reasons for Termination:
◄Unethical behavior
◄Attendance Problems
◄Inappropriate behavior
◄Unwillingness to accept feedback and make
corrections in work and/or behavior
◄Walking away/abandoning your placement
◄Inability to integrate theory and practice
Certificate Information
Child Welfare
• Contact Professor
Bettyanne Hutton
[email protected]
for further
• Contact Dr. Ju
Young Park
[email protected]
for further
Students’ Responsibility
• Turn in all required paperwork on time
• Get all necessary information at preplacement
• Follow through on all tasks in a timely manner
• Seek supervision, accept constructive feedback, and
take corrective action, when needed
• Act in an ethical manner
• Take responsibility for being an adult learner
Code of Ethics
• Read the Code of Ethics prior to beginning
your field placement
• Ethical practice in the field will be evaluated
based on the NASW Code of Ethics available
online at:
Policy of Nondiscrimination
 The FAU School of Social Work affirms the Council on Social
Work Education’s and NASW’s principle of respect for the
dignity of all humans
 Accordingly, all policies and practices related to students and
faculty are inclusive and nondiscriminatory
 Specifically, the FAU School of Social Work does not practice,
condone, facilitate, or collaborate with any form of
Papers that Must be Turned In at Interview
with Assigned Field Faculty
You must turn in the following 4 signed
forms and resume to the field faculty member who interviews you:
1. Checklist of Orientation Content
2. Student Agreement to Participate in Field Internship
3. Acknowledgement of Risk in the Social Work Field
4. Background Disclosure
5. Current resume (1 Page)
You will not be referred to an agency until these forms are
completed and turned in to the field faculty.
The 4 forms are found here:
School of Social Work Staff
Arlene F. Kaplan, Ph.D., MSW
Director of Field Education
Boca Campus, SO 303A
Office - (561) 297-2474
Fax – (561) 297-2866
E-mail – [email protected]
School of Social Work Staff
Georgia Brown, MSW
Field Faculty
Boca Campus, SO 313
Office - (561) 297-2725
Fax – (561) 297-2866
E-mail – [email protected]
School of Social Work Staff
Everiste C. Ambris, MSW
Field Faculty
Davie Campus, ES 287
Office - (954) 236-1165
Fax – (954) 236-1065
E-mail – [email protected]
School of Social Work Staff
Keith Platt, LCSW
Field Faculty
Boca Campus, SO 309
Office - (561) 297-6434
Fax – (561) 297-2866
E-mail – [email protected]
Any Questions?
Email Dr. Arlene Kaplan at
[email protected]
Georgia Brown at
[email protected]
Rev. 2-2-15

Pre-Interview Orientation PowerPoint