Students in Practicum
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Generalist Practicum and Advanced Practicum
The practicum experience, characterized by experiential learning, takes place in a community social service agency and is supervised by approved community practitioners. The practicum courses, along with the approved supervision, are designed to facilitate a learning experience that is appropriate for the student's degree program and plan of study.
Generalist practicum (BSSW and foundation-level MSW students) emphasizes the knowledge and processes basic to all social work interventions, introduces the student to various models designed to effect change in social systems and specific social problems, and provides an opportunity for integration of research, knowledge and skills. Generalist practicum courses are: SOWK 4410, 4420, 8160, and 8170.
Advanced practicum provides MSW students with advanced standing a combination of direct clinical services with individuals, families and small groups and indirect services including supervision, administrative activities, research, advocacy and community organizing. The student, in collaboration with their supervisor, will develop a learning contract that will dictate the focus of learning experiences in the practicum setting. Advanced practicum courses are: SOWK 8400, 8410, and 8420.
Preparing for Practicum
There is a 3-step process for preparing for practicum.
- Completion of the Passport to Practicum orientation modules
- Particpation in the practicum fair
- Practicum Advisement
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Practicum in Progress
Once you begin your practicum, there are assignments that need to be completed. Click here for more information, activities, and forms in your planning packet.
Wrapping up Practicum
Wrapping up practicum can be a rewarding time. Click here for more information, activities, and forms in your planning packet.
Practicum Student Manual
Students should review the practicum manual for policies and procedures as they relate to practicum. The practicum manual is updated periodically; students should check back on occasion to ensure they are following all practicum policies and procedures.
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