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.
This Advanced Generalist Children, Youth, and Families field unit offers all students social work content on child welfare and other family services in public, private, and educational settings. It offers Advanced Practice Year students an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in Advanced Practice areas and to strengthen generalist areas as needed.
Child and family welfare is the promotion of family well-being. Children are viewed as an integral part of the family unit, benefiting from the family's well-being and as persons with rights. This Field Unit's approach to child and family welfare includes attention to the family as a whole and to the factors that influence its well-being, such as socioeconomic status, economic and/or socio-cultural opportunity or oppression; resources for health care, education, housing, etc.; and public sector service delivery. Participation in this field unit requires tolerance for ambiguity, an ability to be somewhat autonomous, a willingness to be open and to take some risks, and a sense of humor. Its perspective is on generalist social work practice in public, private, and educational settings with a focus o n a continuum of intervention strategies from the individual to the organization and community.
Combined with the field seminar, all field placement settings provide opportunities to learn generalist social work roles at initial or advanced levels in child and family services with individuals, groups and/or families, including support, counseling, education; advocacy, case management, inter-agency participation, contributing to a humane and effective agency environment, working towards a just and supportive community environment, ethics and ethical-decision making. Some settings provide other opportunities, such as program development, workshop presentation, grants, planning, etc. All settings, combined with the field seminar, provide the opportunity to acquire the required competencies .
Students who have a strong interest in becoming licensed as School Social Workers in the State of Wisconsin will be expected to develop a portfolio during the seminar, which will meet one of the primary requirements for licensure.
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The Advanced Generalist Health and Aging field unit provides practice experiences in agency, community, health care and institutional settings that serve older adults and a myriad of patient populations and specialty areas. Students acquire skills in psychosocial assessment, resource coordination, care management, crisis intervention, and counseling. Collaboration as members of an interdisciplinary team, discharge planning, linking with community resources, patient education, and advocacy are some of the major tasks and functions performed by students. Supervised experience and dynamic learning in both the field setting and the integrative seminar creates opportunities for students to acquire and develop the knowledge, skills, ethics, and values essential to the role of working with clients in a health care and/or gerontological setting. The primary objective of the field experience is to develop advanced practice skills. The primary goal of the integrative seminar is to broaden the relationship between academic course work and clinical and other practice experience.
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The Advanced Practice Mental Health field unit provides an integrative seminar and supervised practice of clinical social work, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment (including psychotherapy and counseling), client-centered advocacy, consultation, and evaluation. Students are placed in community-based settings where the primary focus is to provide treatment to children, adolescents and adults who experience a wide range of DSM-IV-TR-recognized mental health problems. The seminar perspective for mental health treatment is interpersonal, interactional, and problem-and-action oriented.
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