Field Program Information for Supervisors/Agencies
Thank you for your support and/or interest in our undergraduate field program. Your involvement in the field education program is crucial to our education program and student success. This page includes information and resources for supervising students in the field practicum as well as forms and resources for new agencies interested in serving as a field placement.
Description of Field Supervisor Role
To serve as field supervisor, the individual must work in an agency that is willing to partner with the UW-W Field Program. The individual must possess a bachelors or masters degree in Social Work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited school.
Field supervisors provide supervision to undergraduate social work students in the field. In this capacity, field supervisors provide opportunities for students to apply the knowledge, values, and skills learned within the educational program, as well as opportunities to engage in a variety of social work roles and experiences. A detailed explanation of the field supervisor role as well as student and UWW Social Work Department information can be found in the Department of Social Work Field Program Manual for Student Interns & Field Supervisors (see Field Supervisor Resources, Forms, & Memos) below.
Field supervisors are required to evaluate social work student interns using the UWW Department of Social Work Evaluation of Student Performance Tool (see Field Supervisor Resources, Forms, & Memos) below.
Field Supervision Benefits
All field supervisors may attend one Department of Social Work sponsored UW-W Continuing Education Program at no cost during a two-year period. Social Work sponsored events are held several times throughout the year.
Emails will be sent periodically from the field coordinator assistant with a list and dates of continuing education workshops offered. Field supervisors may wish to access the UW-W Continuing Education Program site to check for Department of Social Work sponsored events. Inquires about upcoming Department of Social Work sponsored continuing education workshops may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field Supervisor Training
To ensure consistency and student success, all field supervisors are required to complete Field Supervisor Orientation Training. The training is a 90-minute web-based training.
The goal of the training is to provide an overview of the field supervisor role. Topics covered include: the role of the field supervisor, student, and faculty liaison; placement logistics, including discussion on liability coverage; review of field tools and resources provided by the program; overview of the UW-W Department of Social Work Mission and goals, and an overview of CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).
The training is designed for individuals who will provide direct field supervision to students. Attending the training will be especially helpful for new field supervisors (i.e., those who have not previously worked with our students). The training may also be helpful to seasoned field supervisors.
Field Supervisor Orientation Trainings are conducted in mid-May, August, and January. To meet the busy schedules of field supervisors, several trainings are offered during the training months. Field supervisors will recieve an email invitation from the field coordinator or field coordinator assistant to attend the orientation training.
Agencies Interested in Serving as Field Placement Site
Social service agencies that employ bachelors level (BSW) or masters level social workers (MSW) and that are interested in providing undergraduate social work students with field opportunities are encouraged to complete the Field Agency Data Form and return it to the field coordinator or contact the field coordinator directly.
- Manual for Student Interns & Field Supervisors [PDF]
- Evaluation of Student Performance Tool [PDF], use this format to write in ratings and comments
- Evaluation of Student Performance Tool [Word Format], use this format to type in ratings and comments