Wurzweiler students exploring practical agency solutions


Fieldwork comprises a major portion of your MSW education. The Field Instruction Office designs and evaluates first- and second-year field placements, which allow students to develop the required practice skills with individuals, families, groups and communities. As a student conducting fieldwork, you learn engagement, assessment, intervention, evaluation and termination in a range of settings that provide diverse clients for you to serve. Through the weekly supervision and feedback from your social work field instructor, you develop self-reflection and improve your use of self with clients. You have maximum opportunities to build relationships with clients while learning to integrate classroom knowledge and professional ethics within your client interactions.

Settings such as hospitals, child welfare agencies, mental health and psychiatric facilities, child and family services, gerontology support programs, school-based services and substances abuse treatment all provide unique options for you to encounter clients and develop skills necessary to offer professional help and service. As a first-year student, you develop foundation practice skills, and in your second year, you deepen practice skills in your selected concentration area.

The directors in the Field Instruction Office develop field placements for students in all Wurzweiler programs: concurrent students who are given placements in a fieldwork agency; PEP students whose field placements are developed at their employing agencies; and block students coming from broad geographic area nationally and internationally.

Field Instruction Manual
Field Instruction Manual (PDF)

Fieldwork Orientation Materials
2019 Fieldwork Orientation 2019: Part 1
2019 Fieldwork Orientation 2019: Part 2

Planning Forms for Field Placement: First Year
Field Placement Planning Form - First Year
Work Study Contract - First Year
Criteria for Work-Study Field Placement (PDF)

Planning Forms for Field Placement: Second Year
Field Placement Planning Form - Second Year
Work Study Contract - Second Year
Criteria for Work Study (PDF)

Information for Agencies
Agency Application (PDF)
Field Instructor Data Sheet

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - HRSA Training Grant
HRSA Training Grant Application