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Social Work Senior Field Practicum

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The Senior Field Practicum is an experiential learning opportunity which challenges students to link social work knowledge, values and skills with applied practice. Students, field instructors and faculty integrate practice and theory from academic course work to the practicum experience.

The Field Practicum structure consists of two components.

  1. Agency placement - gives students experience with entry level social work through application of problem solving and planned change models for diverse populations. This experience is under field instructor supervision.
  2. The weekly on-campus seminar - provides opportunities for discussion, critical reflection, skills training and community agency networking.

The student has a choice of a concurrent (fall/spring semesters) or block (one semester) practicum placement. Under either choice, the student must complete 400 hours within an approved community agency.

Once students are accepted into the ISU Social Work Program, they will be provided with login information for the program's Intern Placement Tracking (IPT) System. The IPT system helps students research prospective field agency sites. It also allows ISU, agency field instructors, and students to communicate throughout the practicum process.