Wayne State University

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About Field Education

About Field

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. 

Mission Statement

As a school within an urban research university, the mission of the Wayne State University School of Social Work is to transmit, develop, critically examine, and apply knowledge to advance social work practice and social welfare policy in order to promote social, cultural, and economic justice for the betterment of poor, vulnerable, and oppressed individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations, and society, by:

  • Preparing ethical and competent social work generalists, advanced practitioners, and scholars at the BSW, MSW, and PhD levels, respectively, with learning that primarily emphasizes urban settings;
  • Conducting research, primarily relevant to urban populations
  • Providing innovative leadership and service to the urban community and the profession.

Important Field Information

Winter 2017 Important Dates:

All Student in Field:

  • Tuesday January 3, 2017: Winter 2017 Field internships begin (unless you were directed to begin on a different date by the agency).
  • Learning Plan is due Friday, January 27, 2017
  • Process Recordings or PRACSIS due dates:
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 1: January 27, 2017
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 2: February 10, 2017
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 3: February 24, 2017
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 4: March 10, 2017
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 5: March 24, 2017
  • BSW WOW Students:
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 1: January 27, 2017
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 2: February 3, 2017
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 3: February 10, 2017
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 4: February 17, 2017
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 5: February 24, 2017
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 6: March 3, 2017
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 7: March 10, 2017
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 8: March 24, 2017
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 9: March 31, 2017
    • Process Recording/PRACSIS 10: April 7, 2017
  • Midterm Evaluation due February 24, 2017 
  • Field Instructor Assessment of Student Competencies (FIASC) due April 14, 2017
  • Friday, April 21, 2017: Official last day of Field for Winter 2017.

2017-2018 Wayne Together Collaborative

The WSU School of Social Work is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for the Wayne Together Collaborative. The application is now available online at https://forms.wayne.edu/56a117ecdd3c7 The priority deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 1, 2017. 

We are one of 13 cohort sites to receive a University Partnership grant by The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI).“Wayne Together” – Child Welfare Learning and Leadership Collaborative is funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, USDHHS.  The WSU School of Social Work will collaborate with the Children’s Services division of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Wayne County.

Advantages to participation in the “Wayne Together” Collaborative Program include the following:

  • A rotational field placement will allow the student to gain an understanding of the depth and breadth of child welfare services available,
  • The opportunity to pursue a field placement that provides specialized training in child welfare among high-need diverse child welfare populations impacted by poverty and trauma in metropolitan Detroit,
  • The development of knowledge and leadership skills relevant to the workforce within the child welfare field,
  • Opportunity for strong integration between child welfare field work and relevant coursework,
  • County, state and national networking opportunities with professionals and students involved in the program,
  • A $6,400 stipend to assist with tuition and/or other educational expenses.  A tuition restriction will be placed on the award; this means that award money will be allocated to first pay for tuition and then other expenses as needed.

 Criteria for selection in the Wayne Together Collaborative (WTC) Program include:

  • Admission into the MSW program and/or good academic standing and proven ability to work well with clients, colleagues, and instructors.
  • Advanced year students in the final year of the MSW program.
  • Reliable transportation and willingness to travel as required.
  • No criminal history or problems obtaining clearances.
  • A commitment to participate in/complete:
    • A  rotational field placement in our partner agencies over two semesters during regular day time hours
    • Attend and/or assist with a pre-placement training
    • Enroll in child welfare specific courses (subject to change)
      • SW 5755 Introduction to Child Welfare- 3 credits
      • SW 6100 Child Welfare and Social Systems: Context for Case Management Practice- 3 credits
      • SW 7700 Trauma Informed Child Welfare Practice-3 credits
  • Attend monthly seminars with DHHS staff mentors and field instructors
  • Semester meetings with agency partners and fellow students
  • Wayne Together Collaborative (WTC) and National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) data management and evaluation activities
  • Commit to working within the child welfare service system network in the Detroit and surrounding areas for a minimum of one year post graduation. Please note that there will be a contract in which students agree to payback provisions for stipends if program requirements are not met.
  • Alumni of the program will be expected to return once a year to share their experiences, participate on the selection committee, and if working in the training field sites, serve as mentors to new students.

The priority deadline for applications is March 1, 2017. Applications can be completed at https://forms.wayne.edu/56a117ecdd3c7 You will be required to upload a one page written statement and a current resume.

A total of 17 MSW Advanced Year students will be selected.

Contact Takisha LaShore at 313-577-4446 or ap7738@wayne.edu for more information.

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.  Below is our application for agency participate in our field education program. 
Application for Agency Participation (pdf)




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