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SOWK 8252 Foundation Field Education II

You continue to gain experience in a social work environment.

Format: Online, and On-site Field Placement
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 2

In SOWK 8252 Foundation Field Education II, you will continue to work in a social work setting, putting the concepts and experiences gained throughout the program’s curriculum into practice.

Course Description

During this field education experience, you will work in a social work environment in direct practice with individuals, families and groups. At least 50 percent of your time will be spent working with clients who are economically disadvantaged, are members of ethnic or racial minority groups, are women or belong to other populations who have been marginalized or oppressed.

This course is the second in a three-part sequence designed to support and assess your field work. You will complete this course during the middle term of your 450-hour practicum. The three aspects that made up SOWK 8251 Field Education I are continued in this course:

  1. One hour of formal, weekly online supervision with your social work field instructor
  2. Following and revising your Education Plan
  3. The Performance Improvement Plan

Why Field Education?
It is a basic precept of social work education that the two interrelated components of curriculum—classroom and field—are of equal importance within the curriculum, and each contributes to the development of the requisite competencies of professional practice.
— Council on Social Work Education (2008).

The Education Plan you developed during the first term of your practicum provides you with clear-cut goals and benchmarks during this course. You will exhibit the practice behaviors and complete the learning activities detailed in the plan. In this course, you benefit from a mid-point review of your Education Plan to ensure you are on track to achieve learning objectives and to adjust expectations or goals as needed. At that time, the plan can be revised to incorporate an event, project or other learning activity you may have developed.

The Performance Improvement Plan will formalize concerns or areas of needed growth that may surface through your field placement experience. The plan will be written by your field instructor and faculty liaison to formally document problems for improvement and correction. Through the Performance Improvement Plan, you will have concrete expectations for monitoring and self-correction.

Learning Outcomes

Through SOWK 8252, you will gain firsthand experience specific to professional social work identity, values and ethics, diversity, human rights, social and economic justice, and cultural competence with emphasis on Hispanic families and children.

  • Recognize and communicate your understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experience.
  • Understand the dimensions of diversity are understood as the intersectionality of multiple factors including age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, political ideology, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation.
  • Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups.
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  • Analyze, formulate and advocate for policies that advance social well-being.
  • Provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services.

Learn More About Helping Others

In SOWK 8252, you continue to gain real-world experience in social work environment. To learn more about this course or any other course in the online Master of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University, call 855-275-1082 to speak with an admissions advisor right away, or you can request more information.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change as course and student needs change over time.