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.

Securing Agency Acceptance

Securing agency acceptance


When you think about introducing yourself to your new agency, you may feel anxious and fearful, and although you want to help people, your insecurity and lack of experience may surface and you will question your ability to help. On the other hand, you may feel that with your background or experience, you should be able to help—after all, you had another career, volunteered at a senior center, or had a college internship at a psychiatric center.

While your experience contributes to the agency’s view of you, it is not most important. A student’s background is only one part of his or her acceptance at an agency and may be of secondary importance. More vital to an agency is that ...

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