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.

Employment and Field Placement at the Same Site

Employment and field placement at the same site


Students who use their place of employment for field work must manage the process of securing the field placement in partnership with their school’s field office and with their agency. This can become more complicated than you may expect; therefore, guidelines and direction to help you to work with your agency of employment and your school are provided in this chapter. In addition, common pitfalls and assumptions students make about the role of their agency in their education will be addressed in order to maximize students’ use of their employment setting.

Guidelines for Developing a Field Placement within Your Agency of Employment

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