BSW Field Education

BSW Field Education prepares BSW students with generalist practice skills. Barry University School of Social Work Field Education curriculum is designed to ensure the integration between the classroom learning experience and direct social work practice. Field Education courses are a vital part of the BSW curriculum, providing BSW students the opportunity to develop generalist practice skills in a supervised setting.


BSW Students will gain generalist practice skills that include:

  • Orientation to the operational and organizational components of social services agencies
  • Engagement with various client populations
  • Enhanced knowledge of community needs and resources
  • Development of case management skills (intake assessment, discharge planning, and biopsychosocial evaluation)

BSW Field Sites

BSW Field Education Sites are located across Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Internships include:

  • Schools
  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Criminal Justice Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Community-based agencies

BSW Field Courses

BSW Field Education courses (SW495 & SW497) require students to complete 420 dedicated hours of field placement in a community-based agency.

In SW 495 students attend a weekly Skills Lab that runs over the course of the first 7 weeks of the semester. Once the Skills Lab is completed, students enter the Field Agency placement for the remaining 7 weeks of the academic semester and complete 140 hours of field placement during one academic semester. Co-requisite courses SW417 Models of Intervention in Clinical Social Work Practice (3) & SW 411 Introduction to Clinical Assessments in Social Work Practice.

In SW 497 students complete 280 hours of Field placement during one semester and participate in two (2) Field Education Practice Focused Seminars. Co-requisite course SW433 Introduction to Trauma and Resiliency (3).