Internship experience is an essential component of the BA and MSW programs in the Department of Social Work Education at Fresno State. The national social work accrediting body, the Council on Social Work Education, has designated field as the “signature pedagogy” of the profession to highlight its importance in professional education and training. A wide variety of agency settings and a strong and diverse cadre of agency-based field supervisors and instructors make it possible for the department to individualize the practice interests of students. A satisfactory field experience depends on the joint efforts of the student, field supervisor or instructor, faculty liaison, faculty advisor, and the Field Coordinators.
The student actively participates in identifying his/her learning needs and shaping the educational process. Together, the field supervisor or instructor, the faculty liaison, the faculty advisor, and the Field Coordinator, help the student make optimal use of the agency’s learning opportunities and integrate classroom knowledge with field practice.
There are a number of important resources located on this website to support a successful field learning experience. Field instructors can find the field calendar, field manuals, concurrent assignments and information on field instructor training under the Field Instructor tab on the left. Students can also find information under the Field Students tab on the left. This information is organized around applying for field based on program level, as well as resources to support their learning while enrolled in field at the BA, MSW 1 and MSW 2 levels.
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