The field experience is an important required component of both the bachelors of social work (BSW) and masters of social work (MSW) programs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW). Social service agencies in Wisconsin and in northern Illinois are partnered with UWW to provide students with a quality social work field experience. A supervised field experience provides students with opportunities to apply learned knowledge, values, and skills to real life practice situations. Exposure to practice situations helps students grow their generalist practice skills and prepare them to successfully work a variety of client populations and systems.
This web page and its subpages are designed to assist students with enrolling and navigating the field practicum. These pages are also designed to assist Field Instructors and agencies interested in becoming a placement site with becoming and staying involved in the UWW Department of Social Work Field Program. To learn more about the field program, please access the supplemental pages indicated below.
Students, including future and current field students, click this page to access: information for enrolling in field program; online field application; field manual, which outlines roles and expectations of field students, Faculty Field Liaisons, and Field Instructors, along with the agency sites in general; field overview presentation; list of placement sites with links to their websites; memos to students from the Field Coordinator; and midterm and final evaluation of student performance tool, which is completed by your Field Instructor to assess your performance.
Field Instructors/agencies, including existing Field Instructors and agencies and those interested in becoming a field placement site or a Field Instructor, click this page to access: information for serving as a Field Instructor or new field placement site; field manual, which outlines roles and expectations of field students, Faculty Field Liaisons, and Field Instructors, along with the agency sites in general; agency field data form, which is used for new agencies wishing to serve as a field placement site; Field Instructor training (video coming soon); memos to agency Field Instructors from the Field Coordinator; and evaluation of student performance tool, which is completed by the Field Instructor to assess student performance twice throughout the placement.
If you have any questions or suggestions for expanding and improving our field program, please contact the Field Coordinator.
Katherine Drechsler, DSW, LCSW-SA