Over 75 insightful illustrations highlight almost every common issue that students face in their field work and demonstrate how each situation can be handled. Clearly identified topics in each chapter guide social work students through the many pitfalls and relationships of field work, including how to enter an agency and what professional comportment looks like. A focus on key relationships (with field instructor, agency staff, faculty advisor, authority, and the all-important client relationship) helps prepare students for effective social work practice. Second and third person narration offers a personal approach to field work to keep readers engaged. Practice illustrations, examples from field programs, and guidelines help students review and master key skills. Useful strategies for dealing with the many conflicting demands of family and friends and ways of managing the effects of personal history on field work help students deal with the feelings and challenges they will encounter in the intricate relationships they must sustain with clients, field instructors, and faculty advisors.

Timelines for Student Development

Timelines for student development


Many students need an orientation on how to use classroom learning and field education to conduct themselves with clients. Some students require more explanation and analysis of experiential education concepts than others. Those who are apprehensive about applying theory to each unique client situation may wish for prescriptive answers.

This chapter is designed to help you integrate theory with the realities of the client. A timeline is included to guide you through those challenging learning-how-to-learn endeavors.

BSW Program Field Work Timeline

Starting the field work experience in a bachelor in social work (BSW) program can seem daunting due to what you feel to be a lack of experience. However, the field work timeline consists of three phases that will help ...

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