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The Social Work Field Placement

SKU# 9780826175526

A Competency-Based Approach

Author: John Poulin PhD, MSW, Heather Witt PhD, LMSW, Selina Matis PhD, LCSW

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This unique core text helps BSW and MSW students structure their field placement learning around the nine CSWE professional social work competencies. Empowering students to go beyond merely completing tasks, the book facilitates mastery and integration of these competencies by elucidating key concepts and applying them to realistic competency-based case scenarios. Each user-friendly chapter—directly linked to a particular competency—promotes thought-provoking reflection about field work with critical thinking questions, a detailed case example, and an online competency reflection log template. These tools reinforce learning by connecting competencies directly to students’ internship experiences.

Cases are structured to serve as models when students prepare their own cases and include a review of the competency; detailed practice settings; socioeconomic and context factors at micro, macro, and mezzo levels; a problem overview; an assessment of client strengths and weaknesses; and a closing summary. Additional learning aids include chapter opening vignettes and objectives, plus chapter summaries. Web and video links offer students a wealth of supplemental resources, and a robust instructors package provides teachers with PowerPoints, written competency assignments with grading rubrics, and discussion exercises. The print version includes free, searchable, digital access to entire contents of the book.

Key Features:

  • Integrates field placement experiences with the nine CSWE 2015 competencies
  • Promotes thought-provoking reflection about fieldwork with detailed case studies and challenging learning tools
  • Includes discussions of ethical dilemmas, technology, and social media to reflect growing use and the challenges associated
  • Includes online instructors’ resources including, PowerPoints, written competency assignments with grading rubrics, and class discussion field reflection activities
  • Print version includes free, searchable, digital access to entire contents of the book

Product Details 

  • Publication Date October 28, 2018
  • Page Count 370
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826175526

Table of Contents 

Additional Contributors

Preface

Chapter Coverage of Professional Competencies

1. The Social Work Field Placement

Case Vignette

Learning Objectives

Welcome to Field Placement

The Field Placement Process

Expectations and Reality

Roles and Responsibilities

Social work intern

Field coordinator

Field faculty liaison

Field instructor/supervisor

Task supervisor

Social work peers

Understanding Your Field Placement Agency

Professional Expectations

Safety

Safety guidelines

Time Management

Social Work Values and Ethics

Core social work values

Ethical standards

Ethical dilemmas

Ethical guidelines

Case Example 1.1: An ethical dilemma

Summary

Critical Thinking Questions

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

Case Summary—“I Am Praying for My Son”

Practice setting description

Identifying data

Presenting problem

Assessment

Case process summary

Discussion Questions

Electronic Competency Resources

Website links

Video links

References

2. Evaluating Your Professional Competencies

Case Vignette

Learning Objectives

Accreditation and Professional Competencies

Social work competencies: EPAS 2015

Holistic Competency

Knowledge

Values

Skills

Cognitive and affective processes

Assessing Your Professional Competence

Sample CRL—Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

The Learning Contract

Developing your learning contract

Developing Goals and Objectives

Purpose of goals

Goals and objectives

Evaluation of Your Field Performance

Summary

Critical Thinking Questions

Competency 9: Evaluate Practice With Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Case Summary—“Against My Values”

Practice setting description

Identifying data

Presenting problem

Assessment

Case process summary

Discussion Questions

Electronic Competency Resources

Website links

Video links

References

3. Using Supervision to Guide Professional Development and Behavior

Case Vignette

Learning Objectives

Social Work Supervision

Learning Styles and Learning Style Assessment

Types of Supervision

Mentoring supervision

Employment supervision

Group supervision

Student/Supervisor Match

Trust, Sharing, and Vulnerability

Supervisory Relationship Inventory

Problem Solving

Summary

Critical Thinking Questions

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

Case Summary—“It Is Okay to Not Know”

Practice setting description

Identifying data

Presenting problem

Assessment

Case process summary

Discussion Questions

Electronic Competency Resources

Website links

Video links

References

4. Using Reflection and Self-Regulation to Promote Well-Being Through Self-Care

Case Vignette

Learning Objectives

Promoting Personal Well-Being

Know Thyself

Self-awareness

Case Example 4.1: Self-awareness

Hazards of Helping

Burnout

Case Example 4.2: Burnout

Vicarious trauma

Case Example 4.3: Vicarious trauma

Compassion fatigue

Risk and Protective Factors

Self-Care

Defining self-care

Self-care activities

Supportive relationships

Developing a Self-Care Plan

Case Example 4.4: Self-care

Summary

Critical Thinking Questions

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

Case Summary—“I Can’t Cry Now … Someone Else is Dying”

Practice setting description

Identifying data

Presenting problem

Assessment

Case process summary

Discussion Questions

Electronic Competency Resources

Website links

Video links

References

5. Building Relationships and Interprofessional Collaboration

Case Vignette

Learning Objectives

The Helping Relationship

Elaboration skills

Empathy skills

Trust building

Collaboration

Interprofessional Collaboration

Building professional relationships

Roles and responsibilities

Working on a team

Collaboration challenges

Benefits

Summary

Critical Thinking Questions

Competency 6: Engage With Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Case Summary—“Not Sure We Will Ever Click”

Practice setting description

Identifying data

Presenting problem

Assessment

Case process summary

Discussion Questions

Electronic Competency Resources

Website links

Video link

References

6. Demonstrating Professional Behavior in Oral, Written, and Electronic Communications

Case Vignette

Learning Objectives

Oral Communication

Professional speaking

Jargon and acronyms

Case Example 6.1: Overwhelmed by acronyms and jargon

Written Communication

Case notes

Process recording

Biopsychosocial assessments

Electronic Communication

Social media

Email

Professional and Ethical Use of Technology

Professional online identity

Confidentiality and privacy

Summary

Critical Thinking Questions

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

Case Summary—“Social Media Blunder”

Practice setting description

Identifying data

Presenting problem

Assessment

Case process summary

Discussion Questions

Electronic Competency Resources

Website links

Video links

References

7. Engaging Diversity and Difference in Practice

Case Vignette

Learning Objectives

Social Work Values and Ethics

Conceptual Frameworks for Diversity, Bias, and Cultural Competence

Diversity and bias

Culture

Competence

Cultural competence

Standards for Cultural Competence

Standard 1: Ethics and values

Standard 2: Self-awareness

Standard 3: Cross-cultural knowledge

Standard 4: Cross-cultural skills

Standard 5: Service delivery

Standard 6: Empowerment and advocacy

Standard 7: Diverse workforce

Standard 8: Professional education

Standard 9: Language and communication

Standard 10: Leadership to advance cultural competence

Empathy and Humility

Empathy

Humility

Forms of Oppression

Racism

Xenophobia and ethnocentrism

Classism

Religious oppression

Sexism

Homophobia, biphobia, and heterosexism

Transgender oppression

Ableism

Summary

Critical Thinking Questions

Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

Case Summary—“How Do I Help?”

Practice setting description

Identifying data

Presenting problem

Assessment

Case process summary

Discussion Questions

Electronic Competency Resources

Website links

Video links

References

8. Advancing Human Rights and Social Justice in Your Field Placement

Case Vignette

Learning Objectives

Conceptual Theories and Frameworks for Social Justice

Types and Sources of Power

Social Identities

Social Locations

Social Constructions

Social Processes

Conflict

Implications for Field and Strategies for Change

Case Example 8.1: It’s a shame, really

Summary

Critical Thinking Questions

Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

Case Summary—“Putting On a Show”

Practice setting description

Identifying data

Presenting problem

Assessment

Case process summary

Discussion Questions

Electronic Competency Resources

Website links

Video inks

References

9. Engaging in Research to Inform and Improve Practice, Policy, and Service Delivery in Your Field Placement

Case Vignette

Learning Objectives

Research and Evaluation

Connection to NASW’s Code of Ethics

Micro Evaluations

Measurement tools

Designing the evaluation

Macro Evaluations

Needs assessments

Organizational evaluations

Logic models

Case Example 9.1: Smart objectives

Using Research to Inform Practice Decisions

Literature searches

Evaluating your search results

Summary

Critical Thinking Questions

Competency 4: Engage in Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice

Case Summary—“Stopping Medication”

Practice setting description

Identifying data

Presenting problem

Assessment

Case process summary

Discussion Questions

Electronic Competency Resources

Website links

Video links

References

10. Engaging in Policy Practice in Your Field Placement

Case Vignette

Learning Objectives

Social Work Values

Policy Practice

Organizational Policies

Assessing policies

Updating and disseminating policies

Social Welfare Policy

Advocacy

Promoting social justice

Engaging in advocacy efforts

Empowering clients to advocate for themselves

Application to Field Placement

Summary

Critical Thinking Questions

Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice

Case Summary—“But I Am Clinical”

Practice setting description

Presenting problem

Case process summary

Discussion Questions

Electronic Competency Resources

Website links

Video links

References

11. Micro Assessment: Individuals, Families, and Groups

Case Vignette

Learning Objectives

Critical Thinking

Strengths Perspective

Principles of Strength-Based Assessment

Principle 1: Every individual, group, family, and community has strengths

Principle 2: Trauma, abuse, illness, and struggle may be injurious, but they may also be sources of challenge and opportunity

Principle 3: Assume that you do not know the upper limits of the capacity to grow and change, and take individual, group, and community aspirations seriously

Principle 4: We best serve clients by collaborating with them

Principle 5: Every environment is full of resources

Principle 6: Caring, care-taking, and context are important

Assessing Individuals

Demographic characteristics

Ethnicity and culture

Personal characteristics

Life experiences

Assessing Client Strengths

Use of self

Assessing Families (Crane, 2010)

Assessing Groups

Case Example 11.1: A group that is not functioning well together (Barol, 2010)

Case Example 11.2: A group that is working well together (Barol, 2010)

Assessing individual group members

Case Example 11.3: In the moment (Barol, 2010)

Assessing the group as a whole

Strengths-based group assessment

Case Example 11.4: What is going on with the group?

Microsystem Assessment Tools

Strengths-based assessment worksheet

Biopsychosocial assessment form

Mental status evaluation

Case Example 11.5: Sample mental status evaluation

Ecomaps

Genograms

Group functioning assessment worksheet

Sociograms

Summary

Critical Thinking Questions

Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Case Summary—“Adjusting to Life Without Mom”

Practice setting description

Identifying data

Presenting problem

Assessment

Case process summary

Discussion Questions

Electronic Competency Resources

Website links

Video links

References

Appendix

12. Mezzo Assessment: Organizations and Communities

Stephen Kauffman and Marina Barnett

Case Vignette

Learning Objectives

Assessing Organizations

Understanding Your Organization

Organizational identity

Internal organizational considerations

Organizational environmental considerations

Organizational assessment: How to assess and what tools to use

Assessing Communities

Community needs assessments

Asset assessment

Asset mapping

Summary

Critical Thinking Questions

Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Case summary—“Prescription Drug Coverage?”

Practice setting description

Identifying data

Presenting problem

Assessment

Case process summary

Discussion Questions

Electronic Competency Resources

Website links

Video links

References

Appendix

13. Micro Interventions: Individuals, Families, and Groups

Case Vignette

Learning Objectives

Definition of Generalist Practice

Types of Generalist Social Work Interventions

Case Example 13.1: Profile of a generalist social work intern

Micro-Level Interventions

Goals

Intervention plan

Individual and family interventions

Case Example 13.2: Supportive counseling intervention

Case Example 13.3: Educational intervention

Case Example 13.4: Resource mobilization intervention

Group interventions

Summary

Critical Thinking Questions

Competency 8: Intervene With Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Case summary—“But I Am Not Ready to Leave”

Practice setting description

Identifying data

Presenting problem

Assessment

Case process summary

Discussion Questions

Electronic Competency Resources

Website links

Video links

References

14. Mezzo Interventions: Organizations and Communities

Stephen Kauffman and Marina Barnett

Case Vignette

Learning Objectives

Role of Organizations and Communities in Generalist Practice

NASW’s Code of Ethics and Organizations and Communities

Mezzo Generalist Practice

Mezzo interventions

Case Example 14.1: Early steps in staff workshop development

Planning and program development

SWOT analysis

Program development and grant writing

Community development

Coalition building

Community education and training

Case Example 14.2: Education and training interventions

Summary

Critical Thinking Questions

Competency 8: Intervene With Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Case Summary—“We Lost Everything”

Practice setting description

Identifying data

Presenting problem

Assessment

Case process summary

Discussion Questions

Electronic Competency Resources

Website links

Video links

References

Index