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  • 1.  Employment-based Field

    Posted Sep 12, 2022 10:36
    I am curious if anyone has developed their own policies regarding employment-based internships beyond what CSWE says?

    Thank you for your time!

    Patricia Digby, LMSW

    MSW Field Education Director & Instructor

    University of Mississippi

    G219 Garland Hedleston Mayes

    PO Box 1848

    University, Mississippi 38677-1848

    O: (662) 915-8024

    C: (662) 213-9229

  • 2.  RE: Employment-based Field

    Posted Sep 13, 2022 08:44

    Good question! We have continued to evolve our policies based on student/field educator/liaison feedback. We've put together a website that has a breakdown of our policies, as well as some examples. Additionally, we require students who count any regular work hours as field to complete a capstone project. The project component has received positive reviews from students and agency reps.

    Michael Lynch
    Buffalo NY

  • 3.  RE: Employment-based Field

    Posted Sep 13, 2022 12:03

    Hello! This is something we've been working through since CSWE confirmed that the employment-based standard was changing. Our approach is to start with the end in mind - what are the student's goals in terms of future field of practice? What do they need to learn/practice in practicum to move toward those goals? Then, we consider the general goodness of fit of their organization to serve as a practicum in general. Finally, the question is how well the workplace can and will provide learning opportunities for the student which align with their professional goals. It's certainly a lot messier than our old policy, but offers more flexibility for students and honors that some workplaces are truly very motivated and invested in developing their employees. 

    Here's a link to our Employment-Based Placement Guidelines and Form on our website.

    I'm very interested in seeing how other programs are handling this and the language they are using with students!


    Sarah Witry
    Clinical Asst Professor, Field Education Director
    University of Iowa
    Iowa City IA