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Field Work

Excellence of social work practice in both the Jewish Communal Service Field and in the wider world of social services.

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Work/Locations: Spanning

3
Countries
U.S., Canada, and Israel
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Placements

400+
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The Field Education Department at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work is responsible for the field placements of over 300 Master of Social Work (MSW) students each year. We maintain long-standing partnerships with over 600 field placement sites including hospitals, mental health treatment centers, and other social service agencies in the Greater New York Area, and throughout the U.S., Canada, and Israel. In these settings, each MSW student completes 1,200 hours of fieldwork over 4 semesters of study, under the supervision of licensed social workers. 

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.

Full Program Breakdown

The Field Education Department at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work is responsible for the field placements of over 300 Master of Social Work (MSW) students each year. We maintain long-standing partnerships with over 600 field placement sites including hospitals, mental health treatment centers, and other social service agencies in the Greater New York Area, and throughout the U.S., Canada, and Israel. In these settings, each MSW student completes 1,200 hours of fieldwork over 4 semesters of study, under the supervision of licensed social workers. 

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.

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The Field Education Department at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work is responsible for the field placements of over 300 Master of Social Work (MSW) students each year. We maintain long-standing partnerships with over 600 field placement sites including hospitals, mental health treatment centers, and other social service agencies in the Greater New York Area, and throughout the U.S., Canada, and Israel. In these settings, each MSW student completes 1,200 hours of fieldwork over 4 semesters of study, under the supervision of licensed social workers. 

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.

At a Glance

You will be assigned a faculty advisor to guide you through academic studies, mentor your career growth, oversee and assess your field experience, and help build your professional confidence.

Email wsswfield@yu.edu for general questions

Eric Grossman, LCSW
Director of Field Instruction
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Yeshiva University
2495 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10033
212-960-0803
eric.grossman@yu.edu 

Debbie Akerman, PhD., LCSW
Associate Director of Field Instruction
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
2495 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10033
212-960-5400 ext. 5993
hanna.akerman@yu.edu

Christine Ascanio-Acosta, LCSW
Associate Director of Field Education
Wurzweiler School Of Social Work
Yeshiva University
2495 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10033
212-960-5386
Christine.ascanio-acosta@yu.edu  

Frances Montás
Field Office Coordinator
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Yeshiva University
2495 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10033
212-960-5400 ext. 5420
fmontas@yu.edu

Sarah Hass Robinson, MA, LCSW
Associate Director of Field Instruction
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Yeshiva University
2495 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10033 
212-960-5400 ext. 5415
sjrobins@yu.edu

Nechama Munk, MSW
Coordinator of Field Placement in Israel
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Yeshiva University
052-5311568
Nechama.Kieffer-Munk@yu.edu

Mary B. White, MSW, LCSW
Associate Director of Field Education for Online Students
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Yeshiva University
347-882-0694
mary.white@yu.edu

 

Contact

Eric Grossman, LCSW
Director of Field Instruction
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Yeshiva University
2495 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10033
212-960-0803
eric.grossman@yu.edu 

Debbie Akerman, PhD., LCSW
Associate Director of Field Instruction
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
2495 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10033
212-960-5400 ext. 5993
hanna.akerman@yu.edu

Christine Ascanio-Acosta, LCSW
Associate Director of Field Education
Wurzweiler School Of Social Work
Yeshiva University
2495 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10033
212-960-5386
Christine.ascanio-acosta@yu.edu  

Frances Montás
Field Office Coordinator
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Yeshiva University
2495 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10033
212-960-5400 ext. 5420
fmontas@yu.edu

Sarah Hass Robinson, MA, LCSW
Associate Director of Field Instruction
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Yeshiva University
2495 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10033 
212-960-5400 ext. 5415
sjrobins@yu.edu

Nechama Munk, MSW
Coordinator of Field Placement in Israel
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Yeshiva University
052-5311568
Nechama.Kieffer-Munk@yu.edu

Mary B. White, MSW, LCSW
Associate Director of Field Education for Online Students
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Yeshiva University
347-882-0694
mary.white@yu.edu

 

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