fMASTER OF SOCIAL WORKFIELD MANUALfor all students on the campuses ofIndiana University School of Social Work(IUB, IUE, IUN, IPFW, IUSB, IUS, and IUPUI Campuses and Online MSW Direct)Giving Hope and Changing LivesLast revised on August 17, 2021
The mission of the IUSSW is excellence in education, research, andservice to promote health, well-being, and social and economicjustice in a diverse world.
IUSSW MSW Field Manual 1Table of ContentsGreetings from the Dean’s Office! .3MSW Field Education Campus Contacts .4Indiana University Mission Statement.6Indiana University School of Social Work Vision and Mission .6MSW Program Vision and Mission .6MSW Focus Area Mission Statements.7MSW Educational Outcomes .7Behaviors .8MSW 555 Competencies and Behaviors .8MSW 651/652 Competencies and Behaviors .10Field Education as the Signature Pedagogy.12Description of Feld Education and Courses .12MSW Practicum Course Descriptions .12MSW Focus Area Goals .14Statement of Required Practicum Hours in Field .15Bereavement Policy .16Missed Time at Site.16Holidays .17School Breaks and Vacations .17Practicum Site Breaks/Closures .17Inclement Weather .17Integrative Practicum Seminar .17Chapter 2: Roles and Responsibilities in Field Education . 19Roles in Field Education .19Glossary of Titles.19Responsibilities of the School of Social Work.20Responsibilities of the Field Site .24Field Instructor Information .26Responsibilities of the Students .28Student Professional Expectations in Field Education .30Chapter 3: Field Practicum Policies and Guidelines . 32Criteria for Placing Students in Field Education .32
IUSSW MSW Field Manual 2Student Readiness for Field Education and Field Pre-Placement Policies .33Use of Employer as a Practicum Site .34Use of Previous Social Work Practicum Site as 651/652 Practicum Site .35Paid Practicum .35Offers of Compensation While in Placement .35Study-Abroad Practicum.35Use of a Private Practice Setting as a Practicum Site .38Indiana Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC) Field Requirements .38Student Academic Files.39Sex Offender Screening Policy .39Criminal Offense Screening .39Support Services for Students with Disabilities .39Policy against Sexual Harassment .40Supporting Student Safety.40Risk/Safety Policies .40Professional Liability Insurance .42Use of Technology in the Field .42Health and Personal Injury .44Chapter 4: Student Performance Policies and Guidelines . 45Evaluation of Student Performance .45Field Practicum Grade .49Student Performance Problems .51Common Problems in Field and Possible Resolutions .52Field Practicum Termination .54Student Performance Review Process.55Evaluating Field Setting Effectiveness .55References .57
IUSSW MSW Field Manual 3Greetings from the Dean’s Office!We are glad you are a part of the Indiana University School of Social Work community! IU has educatedsocial work students since 1911. Our accredited programs are among the top social work programs in theUnited States. Beyond the classroom, field education is critical to preparing our students for professionalsocial work practice. Social work programs rely on the commitment of field and task instructors, field liaisonsand the curiosity of students to ensure everyone benefits from a high-quality field experience.Several years ago, the Council on Social Work Education (social work’s accrediting body) designatedfield education the “signature pedagogy” of social work education. Field is where classroom learning comesalive; it is where students really learn to apply and further develop their technical and relational skills. In field,students lose the protection of “simulated practice” and are compelled to engage their capacity to criticallyconsider how their knowledge translates into service to others.It is incumbent upon us as educators to ensure students are ready for practice upon graduation. Ourstatus as an accredited program requires us to demonstrate, through both classroom and field, studentlearning outcomes around nine specific competencies. Our assessment processes offer students opportunitiesto demonstrate and discuss their learning progress with instructors. There is no better place to practice,receive feedback, and learn as a student than while under the supervision of a practicing social workprofessional during the field practicum.We hope the field education experience advances your learning to new levels and helps to fertilize theseeds of knowledge planted in the classroom. Best wishes for an enlightening and enriching field educationexperience!Tamara S. Davis, PhD, MSSWDean and ProfessorBarbara Pierce, Ph.D.Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs andAssociate Professor
IUSSW MSW Field Manual 4Stephanie Lyons, Director of Field Education(317) [email protected] Field Education Campus ContactsBloomingtonFort WayneSerretta Gordon, MSWAssistant Clinical Professor of FieldInstruction and Coordination(812) [email protected] Nes, MSW, ACSW, LCSWIUFW Campus Director/MSW ProgramCoordinator(260) [email protected] SiewartProgram Services Coordinator(812) [email protected] Sullivan, Ph.D.Associate Dean/MSW ProgramDirector, IUB Chancellor’s Professor(317) 274- [email protected] Thigpen, Ph.D.Senior MSW Program Director& Associate Professor(317) [email protected] Steiner, MSW, LCSW,LCAC, ACSWSenior Lecturer, MSW FieldCoordinator(765) [email protected] Melody-CottingimAdministrative Assistant(765) [email protected] Thigpen, Ph.D.Senior MSW Program Director &Associate Professor(317) [email protected] Thigpen, Ph.D.Senior MSW Program Director &Associate Professor(317) [email protected] Blessinger, MSWAssistant Clinical Professor of FieldInstruction and CoordinationSchools & Children, Youth, &Families(317) [email protected] Galyean, LCSWAssociate Clinical Professor ofField Instruction and CoordinationHealth/International/Leadership(317) [email protected]
IUSSW MSW Field Manual 5Brianna Gates, MSW, LCSWAssistant Clinical Professor of FieldInstruction and CoordinationMSW Direct Online Program(317) [email protected] Hippie, LCSW, LCACClinical Assistant Professor of FieldInstruction and CoordinationMSW Direct Online Program(317) [email protected] Hubbard, MSW, LSWAssistant Clinical Professor FieldInstruction and CoordinationMSW Direct Online Program(317) [email protected] Morlan, MSWAssistant Clinical Professor FieldInstruction and CoordinationMental Health & Addictions(317) [email protected] Votapek, MSWAssociate Clinical Professor of FieldInstruction and CoordinationIV-E Field Coordinator(317) [email protected] Weiler, MSW, LCSW, LCACField Administrator/Senior Lecturer(317) [email protected] Lynch, Ph.D.MSW Program Director(219) [email protected]’Shonda Moore, LCSW, LCACAssistant Clinical Professor of FieldInstruction and Coordination(219) [email protected] BendOtrude Moyo, Ph.D., MA., MSWMSW Program Director(574) [email protected] Peterson, MSW, LCSWAssistant Clinical Professor of FieldInstruction and Coordination(574) [email protected] Thigpen, Ph.D.Senior MSW Program Director &Associate Professor(317) [email protected]
IUSSW MSW Field Manual 6Chapter 1: MSW CurriculumIndiana University Mission StatementIndiana University is a major multi-campus public research institution, grounded in the liberal arts andsciences, and a world leader in professional, medical, and technological education. Indiana University’smission is to provide broad access to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education for studentsthroughout Indiana, the United States, and the world, as well as outstanding academic and cultural programsand student services. Indiana University seeks to create dynamic partnerships with the state and localcommunities in economic, social, and cultural development and to offer leadership in creative solutions fortwenty-first century problems. Indiana University strives to achieve full diversity, and to maintain friendly,collegial, and humane environments, with a strong commitment to academic freedom.Indiana University School of Social Work Vision and MissionGuided by an authentic commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Indiana University School of SocialWork is nationally and internationally recognized for educating leaders of tomorrow through communityengaged practice, research, and partnerships to positively impact individuals and society.The Indiana University School of Social Work, across its multiple campuses and online communities, provides arich array of quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities to prepare graduates for practice andresearch in an increasingly diverse world. The school contributes to creating a fair, just, and equitable society byeducating competent and ethical professionals to address complex social, environmental, and economicchallenges on local, state, national, and global levels. Establishing dynamic partnerships, the school enhances thehealth and wellbeing of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, leading innovative andtranslational solutions through community-engaged practice, advocacy, policy, research, and service.MSW Program Vision and MissionThe mission and goals of the MSW Program at Indiana University are consistent with the purposes, values, andethics of the social work profession, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accreditation standards, andthe unique needs of the State of Indiana, which the University serves. Program goals guide the educationalpreparation of students in ways that assure adherence to professional knowledge, values, and skills. Thesegoals reflect attention to promoting the general welfare of all segments of society and promoting social andeconomic justice.The Master of Social Work program goals are to:- Educate students to be effective and knowledgeable professionals prepared for advanced social workpractice.- Build upon a liberal arts perspective to prepare students to continue their professional growth anddevelopment through a lifetime of learning, scholarship, and service.- Educate students to understand and apply the fundamental values and ethics of the social workprofession in their practice.- Prepare students for social work practice with diverse populations and with client systems of all sizes.- Educate students about the social contexts of social work practice, the changing nature of thosecontexts, the behavior of organizations, and the dynamics of change.- Engage in scholarly activity including the discovery, integration, application, dissemination, andevaluation of knowledge for practice.- Promote and advocate for social and economic justice.
IUSSW MSW Field Manual 7MSW Focus Area Mission StatementsChildren, Youth, and FamiliesThe mission of the Children, Youth, and Families Focus Area is to educate students to be critical thinking,research informed, continuously learning, ethical and effective social workers prepared for child welfarepractice.Community and Organizational LeadershipThe mission of the Community and Organizational Leadership Focus Area is to prepare social workers to leadorganizations, communities, and public sphere, and to transform social structures, influence, create andimplement social policies to bring about social, economic & environmental justice in a changing globallandscape.HealthThe mission of the Health Focus Area is to educate students to be critical thinkers, to practice within thecontext of current trends of health delivery and to work effectively in an inter-professional environment.Mental Health and AddictionsThe mission of the Mental Health & Addictions Focus Area is to produce ethical, research informed, criticalthinking, and effective social workers skilled in assessing and intervening with and for consumers affected bymental health and/or addiction issues at the individual, group, family, community, and policy levels.SchoolsThe mission of the Schools Social Work Focus Area is to prepare graduates to work as school social workers invaried school systems within Indiana.Special Practice Areas in Social WorkThe mission of the Special Practice Areas in Social Work is to assist Social Workers in gaining employment in awide range of practice fields and work with diverse client systems. Their work requires multi-dimensional,contextually sensitive, evidence-informed applications, which are performed through a variety of social workroles. Special Practice Areas in Social Work provide students an opportunity to explore and develop expertisewith practice issues that intersect with populations and agencies.MSW Educational OutcomesThe MSW Program, in compliance with the educational policy of the Council on Social Work Education, madethe transition to competency-based education. At the end of their curriculum, all MSW students willdemonstrate mastery of the nine core social work competencies as operationalized by advanced behaviors inthe concentration and their respective focus areas.The nine core competencies are:1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior in Clinical and Community Practice.2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice in Clinical and Community Practice.3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice in Clinical andCommunity Practice.4. Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice in Clinical andCommunity Practice.5. Engage in Policy Practice in Clinical and Community Practice.
IUSSW MSW Field Manual 86. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities in Clinical andCommunity Practice.7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities in Clinical andCommunity Practice.8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities in Clinicaland Community Practice.9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities in Clinicaland Community Practice.BehaviorsThe MSW 555 course prepares students for generalist social work practice.The MSW 651/652 courses prepare students in their specialized areas of:-Children, Youth, and FamiliesCommunity and Organizational LeadershipHealthMental Health and AddictionsSchoolsSpecial Practice Areas in Social WorkThe courses assist students in developing competence to exercise judgement and skill for intervention inpractice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. This equips the MSW practitionerwith a diversified professional skill set that promotes working with people who are encountering challengesrelated to personal and/or social circumstances. Furthermore, the program prepares students for professionalpractice and lifelong learning for professional development. The core competencies identified by CSWE (2015)are operationalized through specific behaviors, which guide the curriculum. Students demonstrate thesebehaviors in their 555 and 651/652 practicum placements as well as through various assessment methods.Upon completion of the MSW 555 and 651/652 courses, students will demonstrate each of these specificbehaviors:MSW 555 Competencies and BehaviorsCompetency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional BehaviorBehavior(s)- Apply the standards of the NASW Code of Ethics to inform ethical decision-making.- Use reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain professionalism in practicesituations.- Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and oral and written communication.- Use technology professionally, ethically, and appropriately to facilitate practice outcomes.- Use supervision and consultation to guide professional judgment and behavior.Competency 2: Engage in Diversity and Difference in PracticeBehavior(s)- Apply and communicate understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shapinglife experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.
IUSSW MSW Field Manual 9- Apply self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values inworking with diverse clients and constituencies.Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental JusticeBehavior(s)- Students engage in practice that advances social, economic, and environmental justice.Competency 4: Engage in Practice – informed Research and Research-informed PracticeBehavior(s)- Analyze quantitative and/or qualitative research methods and translate outcomes to inform andimprove practice, policy, and/or service delivery.Competency 5: Engage in Policy PracticeBehavior(s)- Assess and apply policy at the local, state, and/or federal level that impacts well-being, service delivery,and access to social services.Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and CommunitiesBehavior(s)- Apply theoretical frameworks in engaging with diverse client systems.- Use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to effectively, engage diverse client systems.Competency 7: Assess with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and CommunitiesBehavior(s)- Apply theoretical frameworks in assessment with diverse client systems.- Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives based on critical assessment ofstrengths, needs, and challenges within client systems.- Select and implement appropriate intervention strategies based on assessment, researchknowledge, andvalues and preferences of client systems.Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and CommunitiesBehavior(s)- Apply theoretical frameworks in interventions with diverse client systems.- Use inter-professional collaboration as appropriate to achieve beneficial practice outcomes.- Negotiate, mediate, and advocate with and on behalf of diverse client systems.- Facilitate effective transitions and endings with client systems that advance mutually agreed-on goals.Competency 9: Evaluate with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and CommunitiesBehavior(s)- Apply theoretical frameworks in evaluating practice with diverse client systems.- Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate intervention and program processes and outcomes.- Apply evaluation findings to improve practice effectiveness at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.
IUSSW MSW Field Manual 10MSW 651/652 Competencies and BehaviorsCompetency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional BehaviorBehavior(s)- Establish and maintain professional roles and boundaries with multiple constituencies, e.g., use ofdiscretion in speaking with clients and professional colleagues, appropriate self-disclosure, ethicalmanagement of dual relationships, and written and oral communications.- Utilize feedback from multiple sources for self-correction. Examples include personal introspection, selfawareness, supervision, peer consultation, and continuing education.- Critically analyze ethical dilemmas and apply the NASW Code of Ethics, relevant laws/regulations, andmodels for ethical decision-making.- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills and strategies with client systems,stakeholders, colleagues, and other professionals.Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in PracticeBehavior(s)- Identify personal biases and values while working with diverse clients and constituents and apply selfregulation methods.- Recognize and reduce bias that leads to disproportionate representation within specific populations (e.g.,racial, and cultural minority groups and social class groups) and that impacts practice, policy,organizational culture, and program development.- Promote diversity and difference from a strengths perspective, with emphasis on negotiating, mediating,and/or advocating with client systems to address oppression and discrimination at individual and systemlevels.- Analyze how the practice setting’s historical context informs current practice to advance culturalawareness within the setting.Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental JusticeBehavior(s)- Identify gaps and barriers to social service delivery that contribute and perpetuate patterns ofmarginalization, vulnerability, and oppression.- Analyze social structures, values, and patterns of privilege and power that create disproportionality insystems that serve individuals and communities.- Integrate the voices of stakeholders in organizational and community policies and practices to advocateand advance social, economic, and environmental justice.Competency 4: Engage in Practice – informed Research and Research-informed PracticeBehavior(s)- Identify, evaluate, and integrate multiple sources of research-informed interventions to promoteimproved services with client systems.- Use and translate research evidence to inform and improve policies, practice, and services.
IUSSW MSW Field Manual 11Competency 5: Engage in Policy PracticeBehavior(s)- Analyze and advocate for legislation and/or policies that advance social, economic, and environmentalwell-being of individuals, families, organizations, and communities.- Collaborate with stakeholders to promote policies that advance best practices and the social well-beingof client systems.Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and CommunitiesBehavior(s)- Apply theoretical frameworks to inform and guide engagement processes with individuals, families,groups, organizations, and communities.- Establish meaningful, culturally sensitive, and relevant professional relationships with diverseclientsystems.- Collaborate through an interprofessional approach with colleagues and community partners to supportindividuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and CommunitiesBehavior(s)- Apply culturally appropriate social work perspectives, theories, and models to assess individuals, families,groups, organizations, and communities.- Utilize evidence-based and best-practices assessment of individuals, families, groups, organizations, andcommunities.Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and CommunitiesBehavior(s)- Apply culturally appropriate social work perspectives, theories, and models to intervene with individuals,families, groups, organizations, and communities.- Interpret and use assessment data to create mutually agreed upon goals and interventions withindividuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.- Implement culturally appropriate evidence and strengths-based interventions for individuals,families, groups, organizations, and communities.Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, F
Aug 17, 2021 · MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK FIELD MANUAL . for all students on the campuses of . Indiana University School of Social Work (IUB, IUE, IUN, IPFW, IUSB, IUS, and IUPUI Campuses and Online MSW Direct) Giving Hope and Changing Lives .