A message from Director of Field Education Dr. Sarah Ingram-Herring
Welcome to Field Education at Barry University School of Social Work! We are excited that you have chosen to embark on your journey to become a clinical social worker with us. At Barry University School of Social Work, Field Education provides an opportunity for students to gain real-life, hands-on work experience in social service agencies and organizations. Through this lived experience, students are able to practice the integration of social work knowledge, theories, values, ethics, skills, and techniques in work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
In collaboration with Field Education staff and administrators, students are able to select from a wide range of practice settings (i.e. children and families, mental health, substance abuse/addictions, hospitals, veteran’s administration, skilled nursing facilities, criminal justice, schools) the appropriate agency match to complete requirements of their Field Education courses. Field Education plays a critical role in the professional development of the aspiring clinical social work practitioner. It is often in Field Education where students are able to deepen learning, find their passion for preferred practice areas, and develop lifelong mentor-mentee relationships.
We look forward to working closely with you to ensure that you get the most out of your Field Education learning experience.
Sarah Ingram-Herring, PhD, LCSW
Director of Field Education
Finding the best field placement for each student
Field Education is charged with planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the field placements, experiences, and outcomes for students enrolled in the BSW and MSW programs. Field Education is responsible for assessing all current and potential field agencies/field educators and working with them to plan internship sites that are educationally appropriate to the curriculum and mutually beneficial.
Our staff is responsible for placing students in their field internships. In doing so, we conduct interviews with all students to assess their readiness for field placement and determine the most educationally sound match.
Field Education is a component of the BSW and MSW explicit and implicit curricula. Thus, Field Education staff are members of, and engage regularly with, the Curriculum Committee, faculty, and program directors on the state of field education in the School of Social Work.
Through Field Education, Barry University BSW and MSW students have successfully found field-education placement with a wide variety of organizations, including:
Q: What is meant by Signature Pedagogy?
A: Signature pedagogy refers to a disciplined central form of instruction and learning whereby a profession socializes its students to perform the role of practitioner (CSWE, 2020). Field Education affords students the opportunity to gain real-life practice experience.
Q: What is CSWE?
A: The Council on Social Work Education accredits undergraduate and graduate social work programs and identifies competency standards and practice behaviors for the field education curriculum.
Q: How do students know which Field Education course they are supposed to be enrolled in?
A: Students can refer to their individual course plans for this information or contact their assigned Academic Advisor.
Q: How many hours does a student have to complete for each Field Education course?
A: Hours vary depending on a student’s field course. Full-time students complete the required field course hours during one semester, while part-time students complete these hours over two semesters
- SW 495 – 140 hours
- SW 497 – 280 hours
- SW 537 – 140 hours
- SW 577 – 280 hours
- SW 675 – 280 hours
- SW 689 – 300 hours
Q: What is an Advanced Standing Program?
A: An Advanced Standing Program (ASP) is a 32-credit master level program offered to students who have earned a BSW degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. ASP students complete only the concentration year requirements for the MSW degree.
Q: Who is the Field Educator?
A: A field educator is the agency-based, qualified MSW who orchestrates the learning experiences for the student and provides weekly clinical supervision for the student during the internship. On some rare occasions, the field educator is a BSW supervising undergraduate students. The field educator also reviews and verifies the student’s placement card, agency schedule, timesheets, process recordings, and completes the Learning Plan and the Assessment of Student Competency in Field Education.
Q: Who is the Task Facilitator?
A: A task facilitator is the agency-based individual assigned by the field educator to provide guidance to the student for specific, time-limited learning experiences and/or to direct the student’s day-to-day activities.
Q: Who is the Field Advisor?
A: The field advisor is a Barry employee assigned to provide guidance and support to both the student and the field educator during the internship. The field advisor also monitors the progress/performance of the student while in internship.
Q: Who do students contact if they have questions about the placement process?
A: For any questions about the placement process, students should contact the Associate Director of Field Education for their respective campus. Prior to starting field placement, students are required to complete the Field Application (online), attend field orientation and Virtus training, as well as schedule a pre-placement meeting.
Q: What types of field placement settings are available for internship?
A: Barry offers a variety of field settings including schools, substance abuse facilities, healthcare and mental health organizations, public and non-profit organizations serving diverse communities, juvenile justice, child welfare agencies, rehabilitative facilities, and veteran services. Placement at a specific agency or with a specific population/setting is not guaranteed.
Q: Are there paid internships?
A: Paid internships may be available, however this is not common nor guaranteed. Students can inquire about existing opportunities during the pre-placement meeting.
Q: When does a student start field placement?
A: Field placement start and end dates are listed in the Field Education Calendar, which is sent to Field Educators via email at the beginning of each semester. The calendar is also accessible to students via Canvas, Student Repository (Field Education). Field placement start dates are also contingent upon an agency’s admission process. This process may include background and health screenings, agency-specific orientations, and an acceptance of the student as a “good fit” for the agency.
Q: Are there placement opportunities during evenings/weekends?
A: Although some agencies provide internship opportunities during evenings and/or weekends, agencies require that students be available during some regular business hours (M-F, 8-6) for trainings, meetings, and/or supervision. Students are required to attend field placement during regular business hours at least one day per week.