Field Instruction : A Guide for Social Work Students

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  • Copyright: 1998-07-01
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Addressing the most common questions, concerns, and problems students encounter in their field practicum, this brief and practical text uses a unique question and answer format to present information. Issues covered include how to prepare for the practicum interview, what to do when encountering hostile clients, and what to do when confronted with something illegal or unethical.

Author Biography

David Royse is professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Field Instruction and the Social Work Curriculump. 1
Overviewp. 1
Why Do Social Work Students Have Field Instruction?p. 1
What Is the Role of the Faculty Field Liaison?p. 3
What Is the History of Field Instruction in Social Work?p. 4
What Are the Current Standards for Field Instruction?p. 6
Are There Different Types of Field Placement?p. 7
How Are Students Prepared for Field Instruction?p. 8
How Are Students in Field Placement Supervised?p. 8
How Are Classroom Learning and Field Instruction Integrated?p. 9
What Is the Purpose of Field Seminars?p. 10
Do Students with Undergraduate Field Instruction Get Credit When They Work Toward a Master's Degree in Social Work?p. 11
Is It Possible for a Student to Have a Field Placement Where He or She Is Also Employed?p. 12
Ideas for Enriching the Practicum Experiencep. 13
Referencesp. 13
Additional Readingsp. 14
The Partnership with Social Service Agenciesp. 15
Overviewp. 15
Why Do Agencies Accept Student Interns?p. 15
How Are Field Agencies Chosen?p. 16
How Are Field Instructors Selected?p. 17
How Are Agencies and Students Matched?p. 17
What Specifically Are Social Service Agencies Looking for in Student Interns?p. 19
A Strong Desire to Help Othersp. 19
Interest and Ability to Function in a Particular Settingp. 20
Maturityp. 20
Honestyp. 20
How Will the Agency Evaluate My Performance as a Student Intern?p. 21
What Do I Do if the Field Instructor Becomes Incapacitated?p. 23
Ideas for Enriching the Practicum Experiencep. 24
Referencesp. 24
Additional Readingsp. 24
Getting Startedp. 25
Overviewp. 25
How Do I Find an Agency that Meets My Needs?p. 25
Transportationp. 26
Schedulingp. 26
Supervisionp. 27
Populations, Problem Areas, and Networkingp. 28
Agency Value Basep. 29
How Do I Prepare for the Practicum Interview?p. 29
What Can I Do to Deemphasize Little or No Work Experience?p. 31
Is It Wise to Admit My Weaknesses?p. 32
How Should I Respond to Questions About My Educational Preparation?p. 34
How Should I Dress for the Practicum Agency?p. 35
How Do I Make a Good Impression?p. 36
Getting Oriented--What Can I Expect on the First Day?p. 37
How Do I Develop a Learning Contract?p. 39
Ideas for Enriching the Practicum Experiencep. 45
Referencesp. 45
Additional Readingp. 45
The Student Intern: Learning New Rolesp. 46
Overviewp. 46
How Much Will I Be Given to Do?p. 46
How Much Will I Be Supervised, and by Whom?p. 48
How Do I Make Supervision Work for Me?p. 49
How Will My Faculty Field Liaison Evaluate Me?p. 51
How Do I Juggle All My Roles Simultaneously?p. 54
How Do I Know if I'm Stressed Out?p. 56
How Can I Effectively Manage the Stress in My Life?p. 57
The Student Intern's "Bill of Rights"p. 57
Myths I Can Do Withoutp. 58
Ideas for Enriching the Practicum Experiencep. 59
Referencesp. 59
Additional Readingsp. 60
Professional Boundariesp. 61
Overviewp. 61
What Are the Differences Among Volunteer, Student, and Employee Roles?p. 61
Do Students Have the Same Privileges as Staff Members?p. 64
What Do I Need to Know About Interdisciplinary Team Meetings?p. 65
Can a Friend Supervise Me?p. 66
Should I Contract with Clients?p. 66
What Do I Need to Know About Agency Recording?p. 67
How Do I Refer a Client to Another Agency or Professional?p. 69
What Is Managed Care?p. 71
How Does Managed Care Affect Social Work Practice?p. 72
What Specialized Knowledge and Skills Are Important in a Managed Care Environment?p. 73
Should I Share Personal Information with Clients?p. 75
Ideas for Enriching the Practicum Experiencep. 76
Referencesp. 77
Additional Readingsp. 78
Client Systems: The Recipients of Servicep. 79
Overviewp. 79
Who Are Clients?p. 79
What Is It Like to Be a Client?p. 79
What Do Clients Expect from Me?p. 81
Should I Inform Clients that I Am a Student?p. 83
How Do I Know if I Am Helping My Clients?p. 84
What Do I Do When a Client Won't Talk?p. 86
What Do I Do When the Client Who Won't Talk Is a Child?p. 88
Do I Need to Worry About My Personal Safety in the Field Practicum?p. 88
How Do I Manage Angry and Hostile Clients?p. 89
How Do I Protect Myself?p. 90
How Do I Deal with Noncompliant Clients?p. 92
Why Do I Need to Work with Clients Who Are Different from Me?p. 93
How Can I Reduce My Sense of Inadequacy About Working with Diverse Clients?p. 93
What Are the Most Important Practice Principles for Working with Clients Who Are Different from Me?p. 95
What Do I Need to Know to Work with People with Disabilities?p. 97
How Do I Work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered People?p. 100
What Is It Like to Work with Small Groups of Clients?p. 102
Will I Be Working with Families?p. 103
Are There Special Considerations for Working with Minority Families?p. 103
What Is Macro Practice?p. 104
Ideas for Enriching the Practicum Experiencep. 106
Referencesp. 106
Additional Readingsp. 107
WebSitesp. 108
Acquiring Needed Skillsp. 109
Overviewp. 109
Do Most Student Interns Feel Nervous and Inadequate?p. 109
What Skills Might I Be Expected to Develop?p. 110
How Do I Start Interviewing with a Client?p. 110
How Do I Begin to Help the Clients Who Are Assigned to Me?p. 113
What Is Process Recording?p. 115
I'm Self-Conscious About My Ability to Write Well. Will This Be a Problem?p. 117
What Should I Keep in Mind When Making a Home Visit?p. 119
Am I Likely to Deal with a Client Who Is Suicidal?p. 121
How Can I Prepare to Deal with Suicidal Clients?p. 122
Myths and Realities of Suicidep. 123
Suggestions for Intervention with Suicidal Clientsp. 124
What Do I Do if I Suspect My Client Plans to Attempt Suicide?p. 125
How Do I Transfer a Case?p. 126
How Do I Terminate Services with a Client?p. 127
Ideas for Enriching the Practicum Experiencep. 130
Referencesp. 130
Additional Readingsp. 132
Legal and Ethical Concernsp. 133
Overviewp. 133
What Happens if I Make a Mistake?p. 133
What Is Malpractice?p. 134
Do I Need Liability Insurance?p. 135
Can Confidential Client Material Ever Be Shared?p. 135
May I Audio- or Videotape Clients?p. 137
What Is an Ethical Dilemma?p. 138
Can Ethical Dilemmas Be Avoided?p. 139
How Do I Avoid Rushing into Ethical Dilemmas?p. 140
How Do I Resolve Ethical Dilemmas?p. 142
May I Accept a Gift from a Client?p. 144
Is It Ever Permissible to Date Clients or Coworkers?p. 144
What Do I Do if I Observe Something Illegal or Unethical?p. 145
How Do I Handle Agency Secrets?p. 147
How Do I Handle Sexual Harassment?p. 147
Ideas for Enriching the Practicum Experiencep. 148
Referencesp. 149
Additional Readingsp. 149
Pragmatic Concernsp. 151
Overviewp. 151
What Do I Do if I Get Sick or Am Running Late and Miss My Appointments?p. 151
Will I Be Asked to Share a Desk or Office?p. 152
How Do I Keep Track of Time in the Practicum?p. 152
Am I Permitted to Accumulate Overtime or Compensatory Time?p. 153
How Do I Learn to Leave My Work at the Agency?p. 153
What Do I Do if I Am Given Too Much or Too Little Responsibility?p. 155
What Do I Do When I Am Having a "Down" Day?p. 156
What Do I Do When Things Are Not Going Well?p. 156
How Do I Plan for My Next Practicum?p. 158
Am I Cut Out for Social Work?p. 158
How Do I Prepare for Social Work Practice in the New Century?p. 159
Ideas for Enriching the Practicum Experiencep. 160
Referencesp. 160
Additional Readingsp. 161
Problem-Oriented Recordingp. 162
National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics (1999)p. 167
Evaluation of a Student Intern Evaluation Formp. 182
Indexp. 185
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