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Field education is the cornerstone of our MSW program, where you convert the knowledge learned in the classroom into skills applied in the real world:
The goal of field education is to integrate classroom learning with the development of competency in practice. Clinical Practice students focus on direct practice with individuals, families, and groups. Macro Practice students are placed in settings that provide them with experiences in social work administration, advocacy, community development, social planning, and policy analysis.
As an intern in a wide range of social service agencies, you will learn from advisors and field supervisors, as well as from the clients and communities you serve.
Each year you will be placed in a field agency chosen from a variety of settings, geographic locations, and populations. These include mental health centers, schools, family services, hospitals, prisons, substance abuse centers, nursing homes, and policy institutes and community development centers. Your final year field placement will be based on your chosen Field of Practice Concentration.
Your field placement schedule will vary depending on whether you choose a two-, three-, or four-year program of study. Regardless of your course of study, you will spend two days a week (16 hours) in the field during your first placement and three days a week (24 hours) in your final placement.
As a second year student, you will choose a field of practice for your coursework. Your final year field placement will be related to your chosen Field of Practice Concentration:
New Field Supervisors are invited to participate in our Seminars In Field Instruction. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences and have your questions answered in a supportive environment.
17.5 free CEUs awarded for completion of the series.
GSSW Field Education
Graduate School of Social Work
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467