Our new MSW program is looking to create an after hours/on-call policy for field placement---for students or field instructors to use in urgent situations. Would anyone be willing to share what their social work programs are doing? Do you carry a separate cell phone? Have a phone number forwarded to your own personal cell phone? What parameters are used?
Thank you so much!
Staci Fattore, LCSW
Field Education Director, Rowan University
We do a combination of things. 1) I have my office number forwarded to my cell phone at all times. 2) I provide field instructors with my personal cell to use in emergencies. 3) I provide my cell number to students at the beginning of field to use only in emergencies.
Things to consider - My MSW program is very small (less than 50), and it would be very unlikely that my school would pay for a work phone. In addition, culture plays a role. I'm in rural Texas, so we take "being friendly" to heart.
I have had only one student abuse my phone privilege in 4 years. So until the program grows significantly, I'll probably continue my current set up.
Thanks for this Meg. We are a small program for now, with a plan to triple our numbers next year. I appreciate the feedback!
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