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Welcome to Barry’s School of Social Work Field Education

Valery Kepley

Welcome to Barry University’s School of Social Work.  As Director of Field Education I am delighted that you chose Barry University and welcome you to Field Education. Field Education is the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Signature Pedagogy. As the Signature Pedagogy, Field Education is an integral component of your overall social work education and we take great pride in providing our students with a Field Education experience that allows for personal growth, and the development of professional and social work skills. As you prepare for your journey into social work education and on to social work practice, we encourage you to approach Field Education as your opportunity to examine your professional practice. Field Education allows you to discover new interests, obtain new insights, hone existing or further develop your professional and social work skills. It further helps to identify and address some expected and unexpected professional and personal challenges.

We at Barry believe that Field Education’s purpose is to create a sense of preparedness as you move into professional social work practice. This sense of preparedness is reflected in your orientation to self, the School of Social Work, Barry University, and the Social Work Profession as a whole. Field Education assesses your success as a future social work practitioner. Students are expected to graduate from the BSW and MSW Programs able to reflect our School’s mission in the context of leadership, competence, importance of seeking social and economic justice in local and global communities and their on-going commitment to personal and professional growth. Field Education looks forward to a wonderful collaboration with each and every School of Social Work student.


Martine Pierre-Pierre
Director of Field Education

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