Explanation of the Student Learning Plan The student learning plan provides a broad framework for developing an individualized learning plan which is responsive to the needs of the student and the resources of the field agency. It is designed to give direction and learning structure to the field experience and is developed around the core practice competencies that are designated in the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE has operationalized these competencies by identifying 31 practice behaviors defined as “a set of measurable practice behaviors that are comprised of knowledge, value and skills.” The internship plays a key role in teaching practice behaviors to students while measuring and reflecting the student’s ability to demonstrate capacity in the ten core competency areas identified by CSWE. List of Nine Core Competencies Identified by CSWE 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice Engage in Policy Practice Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities It is the joint responsibility of the student and field instructor to negotiate the learning plan content within the first weeks of the field placement. The student is responsible for submitting providing a copy of the Learning Plan to the Field Office via Blackboard by the assigned due date stated in the Field Calendar. We ask that during the next three weeks Field Instructors and students begin to select tasks/activities that will be completed during the student’s 510 hour fieldwork. The field instructor and student can add and delete tasks/activities that will or will not be completed and that are specific to this particular internship. Consider this a living kind of document, which is open to revision, if needed. This agreement will be utilized by the Field Liaison when conducting the site visit. Directions to complete the Student Learning Plan: For each Competency and Practice Behavior, in the space provided, state the agency learning task or activity which will give the student experience to learn a practice behavior. State how you will see the evidence that the learning has been accomplished. Using the accompanying document “Example of Student Tasks and Activities in the Student Learning Plan” you can select from the examples and/or provide your own but include at least 2 tasks or activities per competency that students will be engaged in over the course of their 510 hours of fieldwork. A sample learning plan as well as a list of sample tasks/activities is included to assist students and field instructors in developing appropriate tasks. Please refer to the Field Education Website or contact your field liaison if you have additional questions.