Full-Time Program Generalist/BSW Field Units

Below is a listing of our Field Units. Click on a link to view a specific unit or scroll down to browse. Note that not all participating agencies listed may be able to take students in a specific year. The listings are meant to provide the students with a general idea of possible placements.

Social Work Practice in Community Agencies
Description

This unit provides opportunities to work with human service agencies and community programs. The practice perspective is generalist social work in direct and indirect services for individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Also available is an opportunity to work in a multicultural agency setting serving persons of diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic and national backgrounds. The primary purpose of the field placement and seminar is to provide generalist practice opportunities for the development, integration and application of the competencies that are met through observable behaviors. Theory and concepts learned in the classroom are integrated with practice opportunities, fostering the implementation of evidenced-informed practice.

The emphasis in this unit is on problem-solving and multi-method, evidence-informed interventions with active consultation, support, and teamwork from the student unit, agency staff, faculty, and other professional relationships. The integrative seminar provides an arena for student presentations, guest presentations, and other seminar activities. Content areas include learning styles; ethical dilemmas and ethical decision making; diversity; cultural competence; social justice and human rights; resiliency; dance movement therapy; grief, domestic violence; educational and advocacy services. Students have input on topics for lecture topics and guest presentations for second semester.


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Social Work Practice in Community Mental Health Agencies
Description

This unit has been developed for generalist practice year students (BSW and first year MSW students) wanting to learn generalist social work practice in settings providing services to people with serious and persistent mental illness who are eighteen years of age and older. The placement settings include private non - profit mental health agencies, primarily providing comprehensive community support services.

As field education comprises an integral piece of social work education, the primary purpose of the field placement and seminar is to provide an opportunity to apply and integrate theoretical social work material with hands - on learning experiences to achieve the competencies for generalist practice. Skill development areas include: building empowering relationships, case management, assessment of situations and problem formulations, action planning (which involves collecting data), clarifying values, understanding power dynamics and social justice, making decisions, implementing change strategies, completing evaluations, and termination. Content and practice areas include: professionalism, ethics and ethical decision - making, human rights, understanding the contexts that shape practices, cultural competence, advocacy, and social work practice with diverse populations through the provision of consumer centered recovery - oriented community services to people with mental health and substance misuse disorders.


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Social Work Practice in County Human Services
Description

This is a county (public) human/social service agency unit with practice including both direct and indirect services with clients, participants and communities. Students are involved in child welfare, child protective services, juvenile delinquency, foster care, institutional reintegration and community social work. Field placement activities include individual and family counseling, child and family assessment, case management, juvenile court services, foster care services, institutional reintegration, group wor k, neighborhood and community services and overall program planning. Students in this unit may have field placement settings in voluntary community agencies that work collaboratively with the county human services department. Students gain a solid understanding of the place of a county human service agency in the human services/child and family welfare system. Placements provide opportunities to learn, develop and demonstrate competencies through behaviors in all or most of the required social work competency areas. Field placements available through this unit are primarily located in Dane and surrounding counties.


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Social Work Practice in Intellectual and other Disabilities
Description

This field unit’s focus is on social work with persons with intellectual and other disabilities and their families. Through direct and indirect practice students work with individuals, families, organizations and communities to enhance the quality of life for persons with disabilities. Guided by the principles of normalization, self - determination and inclusiveness, the focus is on creating and strengthening personal and environmental conditions that enable and support people with disabilities to lead satisfying lives in the community. Students complete their field work with community based agencies and organizations supporting people with disabilities and their families. The integrative seminar will utilize group work, faculty, student and guest presentations, multi - media and experiential activities.


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Social Work Practice in Juvenile and Criminal Justice
Description

The focus of this unit is direct social work practice in juvenile and adult criminal justice community and institutional settings. The unit focuses on helping students conceptualize client typologies related to social responses and interventions including: pre - sentence decisions, probation and parole supervision, institutional interventions, group homes, juvenile community treatment, policy and planning administration. Interventions related to conceptualization of client subtypes, demography of crime and delinquency and violent crime are some of the major content areas for study.

Students develop skills in psychosocial assessment, casework, client supervision, group work, peace circles, placement planning with special populations and policy and administration. Emphasis varies with placement. Specific intervention strategies, mitigation, community alternatives to imprisonment, restorative justice, and case management will be addressed. Ethical, culturally competent decision making in social work settings will receive specific attention. Discussions and class content will address specific problems and needs of juvenile and adult offenders, minority groups, re - entry, female offenders, crime victims, sex offenders, violent as well as incarcerated offenders as well as discussion of risk assessment and community intervention.


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Social Work Practice in Public and Private Child Welfare
Description

This is both a public and private social service agency unit with practice including both direct and indirect services to clients. Most students are involved in direct practice which includes services to both voluntary and involuntary clients. Services include group and individual work, case management, client advocacy and case planning. Indirect services may include program planning, administration and evaluation. Placements in the public sector will include both child protection and foster care related positions.

The practice perspective is generalist social work in direct service to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. As an integral component of social work education, the primary purpose of the field placement and seminar is to provide generalist practice opportunities for the development, integration and application of key competencies that are met through practice. Theory and concepts learned in the classroom are integrated with practice opportunities, fostering the implementation of evidenced - informed practice. The educational focus for BSW and first year MSW students is on acquiring the competencies for entry level generalist practice.


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Social Work Practice with Older Adults
Description

This field unit provides field placements in a variety of agency, community, health care and institutional settings that primarily serve older adults. All of the field placements deal with issues of aging, community, mental health, policy, and institutions. The primary purpose of the field placement is to provide an opportunity for guided practical experience in social work settings so that students may acquire the knowledge, values, and skills essential for professional gerontological social work practice. This field unit provides opportunities for integrating theoretical content and knowledge with the practice experience. The practice perspective of the aging and mental health unit is generalist practice, which includes a problem - focused generalist approach with a special emphasis on: 1) direct service to older adults and their families; and 2) resource development and coordination. The course will continually analyze material with an ecosystem approach, building an understanding of micro, meso, and macro systems.

Students have the opportunity to develop skills in working with the individual, with groups, and at multiple levels of the person - in - environment interface. For example, placements may provide experience for developing the following skills: engagement, assessment, intervention, counseling, termination, case management, crisis intervention, planning and program development, inter - professional collaboration, interdisciplinary teamwork, advocacy, mobilization of resources and group work. Students are placed in diverse settings, ranging the entire spectrum of services for the long - term care and support of older adults, from working in agencies whose primary focus is providing supportive services to help maintain older adults in their own homes, to more formal institutional settings such as nursing homes.


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