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School of Social Work

Field Education

"There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make
a fundamental difference in someone's life."
Mary Rose McGeady

It is my professional and personal privilege to take this opportunity to thank the BSW and MSW students for your ongoing dynamic dedication, diligence, and determination to become urban social work practitioners, leaders, and researchers. The Field Education Program Staff has developed this Student Handbook as a resource for students participating in the required Field Practicum experience to meet all expectations, goals, and standards set forth by our accreditation body, The Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). We take tremendous pride in the varied agency partnerships that are continually being established to enhance and expand learning and future employment opportunities on your behalf. Program improvements are at the forefront of our agenda, which will advance systems of communication, networking, and collaboration.

In your preparation to make the difference in the urban community, you are being empowered and challenged to demonstrate the exceptional skills, talents, and creativity to meet the needs of the diverse populations who reside within the urban environment. You are to be commended for the myriad challenges which you have overcome to achieve your dream. My gratitude is extended to our Dean Dr. Anna McPhatter, for the unending support rendered to the Field Education Program. Special thanks for the innovative skills and intellectual acumen shared by Assistant Director Mr. Matthew Vialva, Program Coordinator Mrs. Jessica Turner, Administrative Assistant Ms. Karen Dowhite, and fondest appreciation to all the field liaisons, field supervisors, and faculty.

Thank you,
Professor Thelma Rich, MSW, LCSW
Director, Field Education Program