Field Education

Allison CuringtonWelcome to Field! Many students will tell you that practicum is one of the most rewarding components of their MSW training. This is a time for students to practice and develop their social work skills under competent MSW supervision. I always tell students to “soak it up” as a learner!

Students will have an opportunity to apply for field in both the BSW and MSW programs. We place students using a holistic perspective. Not only do we consider input from students, but we also consult with faculty, advisors, and the Field Committee.

Many students come to the practicum with their plate full and even overflowing. While abundance is good, thinking ahead of time about how you will manage field is also good. I can assure you that the Field Office will meet you half way. We will work to find a placement that meets CSWE standards and give you an opportunity to practice your skills and knowledge. Also know that we expect you to meet us half way. Consider your obligations, your “musts” in life, the things you can put to the side during this time, and those things you can negotiate. Practicum is often about negotiating, which is an excellent social work skill. Begin this practice as you consider Field.

Most students have many questions about practicum. The Field Office is always available to answer questions you may have. If there is anything that is unclear or if you have specific questions regarding your situation, do not hesitate to contact the Field Office at kcfendley@sw.ua.edu or 205-348-5544. I wish you much success as you move forward to choose the program that best fits your needs.

Allison Curington
Field Education Director