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A Field Guide for Social Workers
Applying Your Generalist Training



August 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

Free author-created resources for instructors are available with this text. Contact your rep to access these resources.

  • 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

“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

“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

“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

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ISBN: 9781506379241
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