Getting Started with Your Student
Agencies with Advanced Year interns will receive an email in late spring, confirming the name(s) of the student(s) we have listed as placed in your setting. Other important information is included in this communication: placement start date; CORIs; medical tests/immunizations and Seminar in Field Instruction.
Confirmation of Year I interns will be sent in a separate email in the summer. At that time all agencies will receive additional intern information, the name of the advisor, the field calendar, registration for Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) and the link to our on-line Field Manual. Please review the materials, including the Field Manual, prior to the commencement of your student's internship. The Field Manual contains policies, roles and responsibilities of students, field instructors and agencies, assignments and forms pertinent to the field placement.
We kindly request that agencies send us supervisor names and contact information as soon as they are available. This information is essential for us to send you all pertinent documents and communication.
The following frequently asked questions may be of assistance in getting started:Which days are students in Field?
- Year I students are typically in the field Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Year II and Advanced Standing students are typically in the field Mondays, Thursdays and either Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays.
- For more information about the Program Options available to MSW students in the field, please visit our Program Options page.
- An Orientation to Field Learning for all incoming students is held prior to the SSW's official Year I placement start date. Topics covered include use of supervision, process recordings and a general introduction to safety in the field.
- It is expected that agency staff will offer an orientation to the setting, its services, its safety procedures and its policies for their students. Additionally, when appropriate, an orientation to the community should be provided.
- A minimum of two hours per week is required for formal supervisory meetings with each student and her/his primary supervisor or one and a half hours plus secondary or group supervision. Alternate arrangements may be approved on an individual basis.
- All students complete two verbatim process recordings weekly in the first semester of their field placement.
- Students are expected to begin to complete process recordings within the first two weeks of placement. In some situations students may not yet be engaged in direct client contact. Process recordings can be based on phone conversations, meetings, shadowing, etc.
- The Field Manual contains more complete information about the process recording requirements. You also have access to various formats for process recordings (individual, group, family, summary) in the appendix of the Field Manual.
- Supervisors must also plan to allot time for reading and providing feedback on weekly process recordings.