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A Field Guide for Social Workers
Applying Your Generalist Training


Courses:
Field Work

July 2018 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Integrating theory with practice, A Field Guide for Social Workers: Applying Your Generalist Training helps students understand and overcome the challenges of field education. This comprehensive text provides the necessary tools to develop and demonstrate core competencies set forth by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) using the author’s generalist field education approach grounded in generalist practice literature. Integrative activities and reflection questions directly apply generalist training to field experience. Students will be equipped to meet the goals of the field and realize their potential as generalist practitioners.

Instructor Resources

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  • Sample syllabi for both field instruction and seminar
  • Learning plans
  • Microsoft® Word® versions of each Integrative Activity for assignment


 
Introduction
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1: Field Education: A Generalist Approach
Social Work Education  
Field in Social Work Education  
Reflection Question 1.1  
The Generalist Field Education Approach  
Table 1.1 The Generalist Field Education Approach  
Figure 1.1 The Relationship of Classroom and Field in the Development of Competent Generalist Practitioners  
Developing and Demonstrating Competence in Field  
Integrative Activity 1.1: Translating Core Competencies into Field Competencies and Tasks  
Reflection Question 1.2  
The Who’s Who of Field Education  
The Learning Triangle  
Figure 1.2 The Learning Triangle  
The University  
The Agency  
The Student  
Reflection Question 1.3  
Process and Content in Generalist Field Education  
Reflection Question 1.4  
Socialization to the Profession  
The Use of Portfolios in Field  
Integrative Activity 1.2: The Field Portfolio  
The Role of Reflection in Field  
Integrative Activity 1.3: The Field Journal  
Final Thoughts on the Importance of Field  
Frequently Experienced Situation  
Suggested Field Tasks  
References  
 
Chapter 2: The Organization: Orientation and Training
Field Education as Immersion  
The Organization  
Student-in-Organization  
Reflection Question 2.1  
Multilevel Orientation  
Individual Level  
Agency Level  
Larger System Level  
Integrative Activity 2.1 Orientation and Training  
Agency Analysis  
Integrative Activity 2.2 Agency Analysis  
The Role of Curriculum in Orientation  
Integrative Activity 2.3 Curriculum Review  
The Training Plan  
Table 2.1 Five-Step Training Plan  
Frequently Experienced Situation  
Suggested Field Tasks  
References  
 
Chapter 3: The Plan and Pace of Learning in Field
The Learning Plan  
Elements of the Learning Plan  
Integrative Activity 3.1 Identifying Multilevel Learning Tasks  
Integrative Activity 3.2 Identifying Foundational Roles of Social Work in Field  
Table 3.1 Developing Objectives for Learning  
Reflection Question 3.1  
Developing Your Learning Plan  
Integrative Activity 3.3 Constructing the Field Learning Plan 64  
The Pace of Learning  
Reflection Question 3.2  
Frequently Experienced Situation  
Suggested Field Tasks  
References  
 
Chapter 4: Safety in Field
Safety in Field Education  
SAFE Field Education  
Table 4.1 SAFE Field Education  
Three Areas of Personal and Professional Well-Being  
Physical Well-Being  
Psychological Well-Being  
Reflection Question 4.1  
Professional Well-Being  
Reflection Question 4.2  
Assessing Safety in Field  
Integrative Activity 4.1 Field Safety Assessment  
Suggested Field Tasks  
References  
Chapter 5: Field Supervision  
Field Supervision  
Functions of Field Supervision  
Administrative Function of Field Supervision  
Educational Function of Field Supervision  
Supportive Function of Field Supervision  
The Structure and Logistics of Supervision  
Timing  
Content  
Integrative Activity 5.1 The Supervision Outline  
Integrative Activity 5.2 The Supervision Agenda  
Integrative Activity 5.3 Documenting Your Supervision Session  
The Tools of Supervision  
Reflection Question 5.1  
Frequently Experienced Situation  
Suggested Field Tasks  
References  
 
Chapter 6: Effective Communication Skills for Field
Communication Skills for Generalist Practice  
Reflection Question 6.1  
Oral Communication Skills  
Interviewing  
Integrative Activity 6.1 Assessing Interviewing Skills  
Integrative Activity 6.2 The Process Recording  
Nonverbal Communication  
Telephone Communication  
Reflection Question 6.2  
Written Communication Skills  
Integrative Activity 6.3 Writing a Case Note  
Communication and Technology  
Internet and E-Mail Use in Agencies  
Cell Phone Usage  
Social Media  
Computer Systems  
Reflection Question 6.3  
Communication Challenges in Field  
Reflection Question 6.4  
Frequently Experienced Situations  
Suggested Field Tasks  
References  
 
Chapter 7: Ethical Practice in Field
Values and Ethics in Social Work  
Reflection Question 7.1  
The Agency Ethics Audit  
Integrative Activity 7.1 The Agency Ethics Audit  
Reflection Question 7.2  
Ethical Decision Making  
Reflection Question 7.3  
Resolving Ethical Dilemmas  
Figure 7.1 Resolving an Ethical Dilemma: A Flowchart  
The Role of the Law in Resolving Ethical Dilemmas  
Integrative Activity 7.2 Resolving Ethical Dilemmas  
Reflection Question 7.4  
Frequently Experienced Situations  
 
Chapter 8: Diversity and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice in Field
Understanding Key Aspects of Diversity  
Culture  
Cultural Competence  
Cultural Humility and Intersectionality  
Integrative Activity 8.1 Understanding Diversity in Field: A Multilevel Approach  
Reflection Question 8.1  
Developing Culturally Competent Practice Skills  
Integrative Activity 8.2 Developing Culturally Competent Practice Skills in Field  
Understanding Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice in Field  
Integrative Activity 8.3 Identifying Social, Economic, and Environmental Injustice in Field  
Reflection Question 8.2  
Advancing Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice in Field  
Advocacy and Policy Practice  
Integrative Activity 8.4 Policy Analysis and Practice  
Reflection Question 8.3  
Suggested Field Tasks  
References  
 
Chapter 9: Critical Thinking in Field
Task Analysis  
Integrative Activity 9.1 Task Analysis  
Evidence-Based Practice in Field  
Integrative Activity 9.2 The Literature Review  
Reflection Question 9.1  
Case Presentation  
Integrative Activity 9.3 Case Presentation  
Suggested Field Tasks  
References  
 
Chapter 10: The Planned Change Process in Field
Table 10.1 Five-Step Process of Using the Planned Change Process in Field  
The Phases of the Planned Change Process  
Integrative Activity 10.1 The Phases of the Planned Change Process in Field  
The Planned Change Process: Multilevel  
Reflection Question 10.1  
Multilevel Assessment and Implementation of Multilevel Plans  
Conducting Multidimensional/Multilevel Assessments  
Integrative Activity 10.2 The Multidimensional/ Multilevel Assessment  
Developing and Implementing Multilevel Plans  
Table 10.2 Theoretical Perspectives and Practice Theories and Models  
Integrative Activity 10.3 Identifying Theoretical Perspectives, Practice Models, and Commonly Used Interventions in Field  
Reflection Question 10.2  
Integrative Activity 10.4 Developing and Implementing Multilevel Plans  
The Planned Change Case Analysis  
Integrative Activity 10.5 The Planned Change Case Analysis  
Frequently Experienced Situations  
Suggested Field Tasks  
References  
 
Chapter 11: Professional Development of Self in Field
Reflection Question 11.1  
The Professional Defined  
Reflection Question 11.2  
Ethical Responsibilities of the Professional  
Professional Development  
Professional Development: A Spiritually Sensitive Perspective  
Reflection Question 11.4  
Reflection Question 11.5  
Reflection Question 11.6  
Professional Development of Self Capstone Paper  
Integrative Activity 11.1 Professional Development of Self Capstone Paper  
Frequently Experienced Situation  
Suggested Field Tasks  
References  
 
Chapter 12: Endings in Field Education
Endings in Social Work Practice  
Reflection Question 12.1  
Types of Endings in Practice  
Reflection Question 12.2  
Endings in Field Education  
Ending Your Relationship with Your Agency  
Reflection Question 12.3  
Ending Your Relationship with Your Field Instructor  
Reflection Question 12.4  
Ending Your Field Education Experience  
Integrative Activity 12.1 Curriculum Analysis  
Pulling It All Together  
Integrative Activity 12.2 Pulling It All Together  
What’s Next?  
Finding a Job  
Going to Graduate School  
What About Something Completely Different?  
Advanced Field Education  
Reflection Question 12.5  
Frequently Experienced Situation  
Suggested Field Tasks  
References  
 
Index

“Finally—a text that captures the many concepts and challenges experienced in field and provides useful and practical ways in which students and field instructors can navigate those challenges together.”

Kiana Webb-Robinson
Alabama State University

“It is extremely readable; provides integrative activities that are well structured in every chapter. The importance of knowledge, values, and skills are interwoven in the fabric of this text in such a way that their importance to the foundation of the social work profession and generalist practice at every level and interaction is evident. I have long waited for a text like this. I have found my social work practicum textbook prince after kissing a lot of textbook frogs.”          

Pamela Higgins Saulsberry,
University of Louisiana at Monroe

“This is a practical field workbook that intertwines practice theory and field practice into a toolbox that can be used by students, field instructors, and faculty.” 

Michelle Meer
University of Indianapolis

“This text was written with the goal of integration of fieldwork practice and the competencies of social work education. The activities and infusion of competencies help the teacher teach and make it possible to have meaningful online class time in a course that is traditionally live.”

Jennifer A. Pax
Kean University
Key features
KEY FEATURES:
  • A unique generalist field education approach allows students to apply theories and skills they have learned in the classroom to the real world.
  • A strong focus on the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set forth by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) assist students in the process of developing and demonstrating core competencies, essential for meeting outcomes of field education and program evaluation.
  • Integrative Activities help student connect coursework and practice through engaging activities and scenarios, such as resolving ethical dilemmas.
  • Frequently Experienced Situations present experiences students commonly have and can relate to, which can spark classroom discussions.
  • Reflection Questions prompt students to form initial impressions of specific experiences and how to handle them in the field.



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