BSW Field Education Application

Application for BSW Field Education Placement

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Directions

Please note that you will not be able to save this application and come back to it later.  Your work will not be saved.

As you complete your application, keep in mind that you are writing for two audiences. The first audience is the Field Education Office who will review your application and help determine the Field Site that will be the best fit for your Field Education. The second audience is the individual(s) at the potential Field Site who will interview you for consideration of a Field Placement with their organization. Your application will be shared with the Field Site to facilitate their preparation to interviewing you for Field Education.

Components of the Field Education Application:

  • Identifying Information
  • Fields of Practice
  • Uploads required:
    • One document that contains your current resume AND three field of practice essays
    • Photo of yourself
  • Factors Considered in Assigning Field Placement
  • Personal and Professional Information
Identifying Information




Geographic Location Preference for Field Education (please check all that apply) *






Fields of Practice

Provided below is a list of Social Work fields of practice. From the list, select 3 fields of practice in which you would like to complete your Field Education.
 

Fields of Practice:

  • Administration                                                             
  • Aging/Gerontology                                                     
  • Child Welfare                                                             
  • Community Planning                                                 
  • Criminal Justice                                                         
  • Developmental Disabilities                                         
  • Domestic Violence                                                   
  • Family Services                                                         
  • Group Services
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Mental Health
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Assistance
  • Refugees
  • Rehabilitation
  • School Social Work
  • Social Policy
  • Substance Use
  • Veterans

Resume/Essay Upload

Please upload one document that includes your up-to-date resume and your 3 field of practice essays. This document will be sent to the prospective field placement site.  Please place your resume as the first page of your document.  Ensure your resume includes your name!  The proceeding pages should be your three one-page essays, one for each of the three fields of practice you wish to be considered for your Field Education. The essays will serve as a sample of your writing for the person who will interview you at the field site, therefore they should reflect your best written work. In each essay please address the following:

  1. What do social workers do in this field of practice?  Who do they work with?  What settings might they work in?  Answer these questions by identifying the various roles and positions a Bachelor level social worker might hold within this field of practice, such as engaging with individuals, families, groups, organizations and/or communities.
  2. Share your interest and suitability for this field of practice.  Why do you want an internship in this field of practice? What makes you a suitable candidate for an internship in this field of practice?

Each essay must be typed and no more than 1.5 pages in length.  Use course texts, reputable web sites, and/or journal articles to support your research. Appropriately cite sources where necessary.  A cover page is not needed, but please label the field of practice at the top of the essay.

Factors for Consideration in Assigning Field Education Placement


Levels of proficiency *



Levels of proficiency *






Personal and Professional Information





Criminal History and Background Information

Most Human Service Agencies require student interns to submit to a criminal history background check. It is therefore critical that you are informed of how a criminal history background may impact your Field Education. Please carefully read the statements below.

  • I understand that any past, current or pending felonies, criminal charges, listing on the central registry, convictions, and/or penalties against me in any jurisdiction may make me ineligible for Field Education Placement.
  • I understand that I am required to disclose any past, current, or pending felonies, criminal charges, convictions, listing on the central registry, and/or penalties in this application.
  • I understand that failure to disclose any past, current, or pending felonies, criminal charges, convictions, listing on the central registry, and/ or penalties in this application may result in disciplinary action by Grand Valley State University School of Social Work.
  • I understand that along with the rest of my Field Education Application, the “Criminal History Background Information” portion of my Field Education Application, will be made available to Field Sites that I will interview with for Field Education Placement.
  • I understand that even though the “Criminal History Background Information” portion of my Field Education Application will be made available to Field Sites, I am required to disclose all past, current, or pending felonies, criminal charges, convictions, listing on the central registry, and/or penalties when I interview for Field Education Placement with a Field Site.
  • I understand that failure to disclose any past, current or pending felonies, criminal charges, convictions, listing on the central registry, and/or penalties when I interview for Field Education Placement with a Field Site will result in disciplinary action by Grand Valley State University School of Social Work.
  • I understand that it is my responsibility to inform the Field Site and the School of Social Work’s Field Education office at Grand Valley State University of any new felonies, criminal charges, listing on the central registry, convictions, and/or penalties that occur after I have begun Field Education Placement. Failure to disclose such new felonies, criminal charges, convictions, listing on the central registry, and/or penalties can result dismissal from the Field Site and disciplinary action by Grand Valley State University School of Social Work.
  • I am aware that it is my responsibility to educate myself on how past or pending felonies, criminal charges, convictions, listing on the central registry, and/or penalties may affect my ability to be licensed as a social worker.

Do you understand and agree to the previous statements? *


Informed Consent
Informed Consent Signature *

I have completed this application as accurately as possible and understand that it will be used to determine the Field Placement Site to which I will be assigned, and one that best meets my educational needs.  I agree to the release of information from my academic file for the purpose of arranging Field Education placements and evaluating practicum progress.

 



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