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.

Looking Toward the Future

Looking toward the future


If you completed a bachelor in social work (BSW) or an master in social work (MSW) degree, you will undoubtedly have performed many acts that saved one life that in turn saved the entire world.

This chapter addresses the various issues related to ending field placement and moving on to the next field work year or to professional employment. These issues include taking stock of what you have learned; identifying and developing a path for future direction as a student; and embracing professional roles, including employment and licensure.

This chapter will help you gain perspective on the experiences of the foundation year of field work or second year of field work. Useful tools are provided to guide you as ...

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