About Field Education

The School of Social Work prepares professional practitioners at the baccalaureate and masters levels to provide service to vulnerable and oppressed individuals, groups, families, communities, and organizations located in the Detroit metropolitan area. 

Because of Wayne State University's historical legacy, the school places special emphasis on this goal to prepare all professional practitioners to work with clients who have been disenfranchised through unjust and inequitable policies, practices, and programs institutionalized in society and its social institutions. 

Field education is an integral part of the social work degree curriculum, and is required of all students in the BSW and MSW programs. CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) requires colleges and universities offering accredited social work degrees to provide students educational instruction and opportunities in five areas: human behavior, policy, practice methods, research, and field education/work. 

Coronavirus (COVID- 19) Office of Field Education updates:

The WSU School of Social Work administration has been carefully monitoring the emerging COVID-19 pandemic and assessing the impact of this crisis on our social work students. This situation is dynamic and ever changing, and we are working to make the best decision for our students and agencies. Students are eligible to attend field, as field has not been cancelled nor delayed. Students will still receive oversight and insurance from the school. We did send out a contingency plan, located below, in the event students are prohibited by agency policy from returning and that will be evaluated as presented. Please reveiw our most up-to-date communications at https://socialwork.wayne.edu/current.

Please note that we are not able to waive the field placement requirements for students.  We want students to be safe and to make decisions keeping in mind their well-being and that of their family.  Students may note the following:

  • If the placement site is closed, please confer with the agency based Field Instructors to discuss working remotely and possible assignments - example assignments we sent may be explored as well.  Plans for such assignments need to approved by your assigned Faculty Field Liaison and hours spent on these should be logged using time log on the IPT Student Page.  If remote assignment are not an option, students will be able to return to field when the agency re-opens and will have an extension of time to complete hours needed to meet field course and degree requirements.
  • If the field placement site is open and you are not comfortable or feel unsafe to attend, please inform the field instructor and the faculty field liaison.  
    • If a Field Instructor is able to assign tasks that can be completed remotely, students may continue to accrue hours and note these on the Time Log on the IPT Student Log.  
    • If a Field Instructor is not able to assign tasks that can be completed remotely, students will not be able to accrue hours at this time. Student will be able to return to field when able and will have an extension of time to complete hours needed to meet field course and degree requirements. 
  • If your field placement site is open and you are comfortable attending field, please work closely with your field instructor to follow all measure in place to support safety as you engage in your work.

The faculty and staff at WSU School of Social Work are working closely with the university, Detroit and other surrounding communities to provide information and to connect individuals to resources at this difficult time. Some things to keep in mind:

  • Your faculty are working to ensure all courses will be ready to meet online 
  • Wayne State is exploring ways to support students who do not have access to a computer off campus or who may have limited connectivity - libraries on campus are working to find resources.
  • Check https://wayne.edu/coronavirus/faq for updates on WSU response to COVID -19
  • We will continue to post updates to the School of Social Work Student page on the School's website - please check this regularly.
  • Student Disability Services will be available for students who may need a new or adjusted accommodation based on the shift to online classes.  Please call 313-577-1851 to schedule an appointment Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Academic Advisors and Writing Coaches will be available for virtual appointments. Please schedule an appointment by visiting our website for their email or WAMS calendar.

Field Plan for Interruption of Field Placement due to National or Local Events

Additional Resources for Remote Activities:

          Field Education Strategies for Remote Competency Development

          Sample Activity

          Online Trainings for Students (Free or Minimal Charge)

Important Field Information

Winter 2020 Important Dates:

  • Monday January 6, 2020: Winter 2020 Field internships begin (unless directed to begin on a different date by the agency).
  • Learning Plan is due Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Process Recordings or PRACSIS due dates:
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 1: January 31, 2020
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 2: February 7, 2020
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 3: February 14, 2020
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 4: March 13, 2020
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 5: March 27, 2020
  • Midterm Evaluation due March 6, 2020
  • Field Instructor Assessment of Student Competencies (FIASC) due April 17, 2020
  • Friday, April 24, 2020: Official last day of Field for Winter 2019. All students must remain in field until this date.

Spring/Summer 2020 Field Placement (cohort specific BSW part-time students only) is scheduled to begin on May 4, 2020, unless a different date is provided by the agency, and the first official "last day" is August 14, 2020. 

Fall 2020 Field Placement is scheduled to begin on September 1, 2020, unless a different date is provided by the agency, and the first official "last day" is December 11, 2020.

Student Training Programs

Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program

Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP)

Wayne Together Collaborative (WTC)

Learn More about Our Program

The link below takes you to our Frequently Asked Questions section of the Field Education Manual. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.


Looking to Get More Involved?

If you are part of a social work agency in the metro Detroit or surrounding area, and you would like to work with our social work students, please feel free to contact us.  We are always interested in forming relationships with new agencies. The first step in the process would be to complete the Application for Agency Participation. If your agency is already a partner site and you are looking to become a Field Instructor for your agency, please complete the New Field Instructor Application.