Part-Time Program Field Units

Below is a listing of our Field Units. Click on a link to view a specific unit or scroll down to browse. Full-Time students should check the Full-Time Field Units page.



Social Work Practice in Child & Family Welfare: Public, Private, and Educational Settings
Part-Time MSW Program Advanced Practice Field Unit

This Advanced Practice 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 on 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. 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.

Social Work Practice in Community Agencies
Part-Time MSW Program Generalist Field Unit

This unit provides opportunities to work with human service agencies and community programs. The practice perspective is generalist social work in direct service to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. 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 measureable practice 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 upon problem solving and multi-method, evidenced-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 faculty lectures, student presentations, guest presentations, and other seminar activities. Content areas include: child and family welfare, learning styles, ethical dilemmas and ethical decision making, diversity, at-risk populations and implications for social work practice, cultural competence, social justice and human rights, violence prevention, some alcohol and other drug abuse and mental health, crisis intervention, AIDS network services, program development, educational and advocacy services, and social work in the workplace.

Social Work Practice in Health and Aging
Part-Time MSW Program Advanced Practice Field Unit

The Health and Aging 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.

Social Work Practice in Mental Health
Part-Time MSW Program Advanced Practice Field Unit

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.

For more information

For more information about field units, the agencies they work with, and field course expectations see the Field Education Handbook (PDF). Field unit availability may vary from year to year because of personnel changes, funding, or curriculum needs.


Social work students should be advised that Wisconsin State Statutes require the State Department of Justice to conduct background checks on all potential field education students prior to the field placement.

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