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Social Work Field Instruction

Students are placed in the field practicum for one academic year, completing 480 hours over two semesters while participating in an Integrative Seminar. The Field Education Director, Sharon Zimmerman Wilson, secures and monitors all field placements in the Program.

The Ursuline College Social Work Field Education Program is a strengths-based field model that differs from other programs in its on-going assessment and consistent attention to:

  • the strengths and resources of the individuals involved (student, field instructor, agency colleagues, clients, course instructors, peers)
  • the potential environmental resources available
  • the quality of the relationships between the student and other individuals in their learning environment
  • the monitoring and evaluation of the development and refinement of the students' skills and the resulting impact on students' self-efficacy
  • the self-determination or self-directed learning of the students in completing their course of study.
A critical component of the model is a strengths assessment of each student. The strengths assessment is a collaborative process between the student and the field education director that includes strengths and resources that are intrapersonal, interpersonal, environmental and professional.

Examples of field sites are: