Field Setting Pre-requisite Requirements
Most Field Settings require Criminal Background checks and have additional requirements or pre-requisites such as; references, required training, physical exams, medical tests, specific immunizations, drug screening or other requirements particular to the work the student or a social worker may be expected to do. Students are required to comply with individual Field setting requirements prior to the beginning of a Field placement and are responsible for any associated costs in completing the requirements if not covered by the Field setting.
All students need to pay particular attention to the following: Students with circumstances in their backgrounds that may emerge during Criminal Background checks need to discuss the potential implications of these circumstances with the Field Education Office during their interview for a placement. Students who have a criminal background should understand some agencies are precluded by law or Field setting policy from accepting them for a Field placement. Additionally, some agencies are unwilling to supervise students with certain criminal charges. The effect of a positive report will vary according the Field setting policies and explanations of individual circumstances.
The Field Education Department makes every possible effort to secure a Field placement for students, however if this cannot be accomplished due to criminal charges, the student may not be able to complete the degree program. Students need to be further aware that even if they are successful in obtaining a placement and receive an MSW, certain criminal offenses may preclude them from obtaining employment or licensure as a social worker. Students need to check individual state licensing requirements. Students also need to be aware that many employers and state licensing boards require background checks for professional social workers.
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