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.

The Relationship Between Field Instructor and Student

The relationship between field instructor and student


Students need to have supervision from a qualified social worker in order to function effectively at their field placements. In that process, they must be open to learning, listening, and taking in perspectives from their field instructors. Students have to be honest about their work, expose limitations and mistakes, and show self-awareness.

Students’ approaches to field instruction will vary. Some will be quite open to exposing their work and their self-awareness limitations. Usually, these students do not have many fears about revealing their limitations or do not maintain secrecy about their personal issues. Some students will be distrusting or guarded for fear that others will find out how little they know or ...

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