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  • Renee (Keenan to pull in polls)Poll Questions:What region of the USC are you from? the answer choices would be: North, South, East, West, Mid-westPrevious social work experience? Yes or NoWhich concentration interests you the most? COPA, Families and Children, Mental Health, Health, Social Work and Business in a Global Society, sub concentration Military Social Work
  • ReneeElizabeth Pringle-Hornsby, MSW, Senior Field Education CoordinatorSheri Arnold, MSW, Field Placement Advisor, Ruth Cislowski, MSW, Regional Field Coordinator, Jill Davis, MSW, Field Placement Advisor, Laurel Davis, LCSW, Regional Field Coordinator, Renee Michelsen, LCSW, Regional Field Coordinator, Candace Smith, MSW, Regional Field Coordinator, Valerie Wood, LCSW, Adjunct Field Faculty
  • ReneeSocial workers are highly trained and experienced professionals who assist individuals, families, groups, & communities. Policy, management, program development, grant writing. Unique knowledge and skill of navigating the social service delivery systemThe practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior, social, economic and cultural institutions, government and the interaction of all these factors. Science and researchThey help prevent crises and counsel individuals, families, and communities to cope more effectively with the stresses of everyday life.
  • ReneeScript:CSWE- Evaluates and ensures that social work programs meet the accreditation standards NASWCore Values: Service  Social justice Dignity and Worth of the Person Importance of Human Relationships Integrity CompetenceConduct and Comportment as a Social WorkerEthical Responsibility to:ClientsColleaguesEmployers/field placement agenciesProfessionSocietySocial Work PracticeCore CompetenciesProfessional Identity - representatives of the profession, its mission, and its core values. Ethical Practice – NASW Code of EthicsCritical Thinking – application of logic and scientific inquiryDiversity in Practice – cultural competencyHuman Rights & Justice – advocate for and develop practices that advance social and economic justiceResearch Based Practice – evidence based workHuman Behavior -understand biological, social, cultural, psychological, and spiritual developmentPolicy Practice – understand the role of policy in service deliveryPractice Contexts – knowledge of and response to emerging trends in communities, resources, technology practice methods, Engage, Assess, Intervene, Evaluate
  • Amber“Signature pedagogy represents the central form of instruction and learning in which a profession socializes its students to perform the role of practitioner”. The signature pedagogy if the social work profession is field education. Copyright © 2008, Council on Social Work Education, Inc., all rights reserved. Revised March 27, 2010 / Updated August 2012
  • Amber MSW@USC is different from other online programs in that students are not responsible for finding their placement site.  We have a national field development team to establish relationships with agencies across the country and in your geographic area.  The field placements that you will complete in the program are aligned with the USC curriculum: The goal of the Foundation year is to build professional competencies and for students to develop a broad understanding of the field of social work.  Students are placed in an agency setting and with a population that they have not worked with previously to broaden their professional experience.  When students leave our program, they have the ability to work with a variety of populations and in agencies of varying focus.     In the Concentration Year, students are more actively involved in their placement process and can specify agency types and populations that they would like to work with that are appropriate for their Concentration. To assist the student in deciding which agency to select for their Concentration year placement, more than one interview may be completed.    In both years, though not required, students are encouraged to recommend agencies in their community.  We cannot guarantee that all sites will meet USC and CSWE criteria or will have a placement slot available when you are scheduled to enter field.  Current placement sites include community based agencies, VA organizations, health and hospital settings, mental health/behavioral health facilities, substance abuse, child and family services, adoption and foster care, schools, prisons and corrections, hospice and adult day agencies to name a few.
  • AmberFoundation YearProvides broad perspective of social work practice.Goal is to build generalist knowledgeIntroduction to role as a professional social workerStudent not involved in site selectionStudent is placed at the agency by USC with population different from what they have experienced in the past or are likely to experience in their concentrationPre-placement meeting, not a placement interview
  • ReneeDesignedslide with copy provided. Its not just about “the hours”There is a lot of attention placed on attaining the hours to complete the field placement but remember you’re given back at home, learning about agencies you might one day work for, the seminar course is where students learn about challenges happening in communities nationwide. This is our chance to tell them what a unique experience field education is to learn about the social work profession
  • ReneeField Practicum is a class:SOWK 586 A/ B (Field Practicum)Graded CR (credit) or NC (no credit)Commitment on the part of the student and the agency The field evaluation reflects the student’s demonstration of skills and competency
  • ReneeDirect PracticeMinimum of 50% of time with direct client activities Services include:differential assessment and diagnosis (usually biopsychosocial)development of appropriate treatment plansdetermination of appropriate treatment modalitiescase management activitiescounseling and therapy (work with group, individuals, families)Students will use a variety of communication and intervention skills in delivering appropriate services. Students will also learn to evaluate their work. Indirect PracticeActivities Include:community workadvocacyagency management tasksstaff developmentgrant writingprogram evaluationresearchneeds assessmentcommunity resource assessmentinter-agency meetingsactivities and policy-making analysis.
  • Renee-Sufficient number & variety of assignments to develop student knowledge and practice skill experiences with individuals, groups, families and community-ability for students to spend 50% of their time in direct contact with clients- Adequate time to permit both individual & group conferences w/ students-Adequate office space, telephone availability, clerical support and travel reimbursement for studentsUnderstanding that students are in the agency with the role of a learner.Enthusiastic Field Instructor/Agency willing to create a strong learning environment for the studentGeographically close with available hours for the individual student
  • AmberCan this content be transformed in to something more visual like maybe a some kind of a visual diagram with some of the placement type sites visually displayed? Open to any ideas here.Foundation sites in the foundation year can vary in scope and practice and range from, community mental health centers, homeless facilities, family service agencies, women’s centers, schools, substance abuse programs, adult day and hospice to name a few
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  • AmberStudents will receive an email notification once a placement selection has been identified. This notification will have the placement information and a request to contact your assigned agency for a pre-placement visit. It is extremely important that you contact your Field Instructor immediately after receiving your notification so that you can meet your Field Instructor, discuss hours of your internship, orientation and trainings and begin satisfying the specific agency requirements and clearances. In most cases, all agency requirements and clearances must be completed prior to working directly with clients. 
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  • ReneeSometimes due to unforeseen circumstances with the student, agency or field instructor, a student may begin their placement late in the program. Delayed notification and placement can also occur due to a student’s geographic location, relocation, submitting a late placement application, change of cohort, military sub-concentration, special circumstances or limited availability for field. In these circumstances, students will receive updates from the Agency Development team and are expected to work with their Field Liaison and Field Instructor to determine how they will meet their required hours for their Practicum, which in some circumstances may mean additional hours per week or an extended length of time with the agency.
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  • AmberA little about the MSW Curriculum….So no matter which program you choose, all students will begin taking the MSW Foundation Courses. The objective of the foundation courses is for students to have a broad understanding of the field of social work. In these courses you will learn social work theory, different research methods, and learn about all of the diverse populations that social workers are exposed to.Once you complete the foundation courses you will then take your concentration courses. As shown on this slide, you will have four choices for your concentration:The first one is Families and Children- These social workers provide support for children and help families resolve social, emotional and educational problems. This is especially popular for people who want to work in child welfare agencies. Our second concentration is Mental Health, which is normally our most popular concentration considering we do have a very clinical program. Students who study mental health may want to work with those with various mental health disorders, open up their own practice, or work with those that have a drug and alcohol abuse history.Our third concentration is Health, be available this January 2012, is for students interested in helping clients navigate an increasingly complex health care system, the stresses of illness and disease and adapting strategies for maintaining health and wellness.The final one is COPA…COPA stands for Community Organization, Planning and Administration (COPA)- This is really for people who want to work on a macro-level or people who want to effect change on a large scale.
  • AmberSpecifically for students who select the Military sub concentration in their concentration year. Sometimes due to unforeseen circumstances with the student, agency or field instructor, a student may begin their placement late in the program. Delayed notification and placement can also occur due to a student’s geographic location, relocation, submitting a late placement application, change of cohort, military sub-Concentration, special circumstances or limited availability for field. In these circumstances, students will receive updates from the Agency Development team and are expected to work with their Field Liaison and Field Instructor to determine how they will meet their required hours for their Practicum, which in some circumstances may mean additional hours per week or an extended length of time with the agency.
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  • Transition to CandaceBenefits of being a Trojan. After graduation, every Trojan joins an invaluable worldwide support network of nearlyThe Trojan Family is 230,000 living alumni. With alumni groups on five continents, Trojans roam, but they are never alone Hailed as one of the strongest networks in the nation, consisting of devoted alumni who maintain a close association with the university, mentoring students and opening career doors for fellow graduates. Also, you will have opportunity to join the USC Social Work Alumni Association to stay connected to the school, your profession and fellow classmates, too!The Virtual Academic Center expands the Trojan alumni family across the country.
  • CandaceSo what are the Admissions Requirements for the program?-Some of you may be jumping in the air after reading the first bulletpoint. So no, the GRE is not required for admission! Because Social Work is a unique field, and we are looking for students who are passionate and able to display emotional maturity and stability in difficult circumstances, we did not feel that the GRE properly measures those items.-You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with at least 18 credits of liberal arts. This could include English, Math, and Science courses. If you have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution , you most likely would have taken these courses to fulfill your general education courses to graduate.-Ideally we are looking for students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0. However, we do understand that there are certain circumstances that may have led students to have a slightly lower GPA. We will be able to review students who have a GPA of 2.5-3.0 who have a strong profile in other parts of their application. You will also have the opportunity about your undergraduate experience in your Statement of Purpose which we will cover in the next slide.-”Strong academic promise to perform successfully at the graduate level.” USC’s program is a very rigorous one and we are looking for ambitious students who will be able to handle the rigorous and challenging curriculum that USC provides.“Commitment to social work values”“Experience in providing service to people is preferable, but not required.” For those of you who are not currently in the social work field or may be right out of college, we suggest that you add any volunteer work that you may have participated in on your resume.- “Emotional maturity and stability, with the capacity for self-awareness.”--Up to 12 hours of coursework completed within seven years at the time of application and from another Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited school of social work can to be considered for transfer credit. The courses must be equivalent to USC’s curriculum and passed with a 3.0 grade or better. For more details, go to the Apply Now section to review the Transfer Credit Request Form.
  • Candace--Up to 12 hours of coursework completed within seven years prior to the time of application from another Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited school of social work can be considered for transfer into our program. The courses must be equivalent to USC’s curriculum and passed with a 3.0 grade or better. Students must provide the required documentation for review by the Vice Dean. Once this review is complete, the student will be notified of the Vice Dean’s decision. For more details, go to the Apply Now section to review the Transfer Credit Request Form and contact your Admissions Counselor.
  • Candace--Those who have earned a BSW from a CSWE-accredited program within the last 5 years will be excited to hear we’re launching an Advanced Standing option. In order to apply for Advanced Standing, students must have graduated with their BSW no more than 5 years ago. They must have earned a 3.25 or higher overall gpa and a 3.5 or higher gpa in their social work coursework. Applicants will be required to submit two letters of recommendation from social work reference specifically one from a BSW professor, the other from field placement supervisor. Students must pass the bridge courses prior to starting their concentration year. The Advanced Standing MSW program is a 3 semester (full-time) or 5 semester (part-time), 35-credit unit version of the normally 60-credit unit MSW program. Students who meet this criteria and wish to discuss the Advanced Standing option and application process can contact their Admissions Counselor or call the admissions hotline and ask to be directed to Lauren Woodfork. She is the main admissions contact for Advanced Standing students.
  • Leave this alone, it was previously redesigned for the webinar. I just dropped in.So what does the application process look like? If you know that you will be applying to USC’s MSW program, we recommend that you reach out to your Admissions Counselor at your earliest convenience. In fact, it is a requirement for all prospective students to speak with an admissions counselor before moving forward with the application process, as we want to take the time to learn more about you and your goals, and to make sure that you understand all aspects of the program and application process.“The following six components are required for an MSW application to be considered complete:”-Online Graduate Admission Application – Your Admissions Counselor will take 15-20 minutes to go online with you and walk you through the application to make sure that you understand all parts of the application that are necessary to complete. You and your AC will also set submit and complete goals together and figure out the best way to work together throughout the application process.-Official Transcripts- We need transcripts from any and all institutions attended after high school, even if you attended a community college for one class during a summer. We recommend that you order your transcripts as soon as possible as it sometimes takes a while for schools to process and send transcripts. Unfortunately, this can serve as a roadblock for some students. There are instances where a prospective student will submit their application but will not be reviewed for the appropriate cohort because their transcripts were not received on time.-Resume- Here we ask students to highlight their academic, professional, and volunteer experience that they have.2-3 letters of recommendation from an academic or professional reference. This should come from a professor, work supervisor, or community leader/volunteer coordinator. The recommenders that you choose should be able to speak to your work academically or professionally, and be able to articulate your goals and the reason why you would be a good fit for a graduate program.- Statement of Purpose- This is a very important part of the application, if not the most important part of the application. This is your essay telling us a little bit about yourself, what has led you to start a career in social work, and what you plan on doing with the MSW once you have it. Your Admissions Counselor will send you a list of suggested questions that you can use to brainstorm ideas. Because this is such an important part of the application that also serves as a writing sample for students, we do suggest that students take this part of the application very seriously and to make appropriate edits before submitting the application.
  • CandaceSave the Date: One of the advantages of the Virtual Academic Center is that we have several start dates throughout the year. As you can see on this page, we are currently taking applications for . The deadline for the xxx start is . For advanced standing applicants start date is xxx with application deadline xx. We encourage students to not wait until the deadline to submit the application. Again, it is a requirement for all students to speak with an admissions counselor before starting the application process. If you interested in applying for the xxxxstart or advanced standing start on xxxxx, we recommend that you reach out to your admissions counselor as soon as possible.
  • MSW@USC Field Placement Webinar

    1. 1. Field Education Webinar
    2. 2. Overview• The USC Field Team• Social Work Overview• MSW Field Placement• Field PlacementSelection Process• Interview Timelines• Q&A
    3. 3. Getting to Know You• What region of the U.S. are you from?• Do you have previous social work experience?• Which concentration interests you the most?
    4. 4. Regional Field TeamThe USC RegionalCoordinators:Ruth Cislowskicislowski@usc.eduAmber Fordamberfor@usc.eduLaurel Davislaurela@usc.eduRenee
    5. 5. What is a Social Worker?Social workers are highly trained andexperienced professionals who:• Assist individuals, families, groups and communities.• Develop policy and programs to help others access services.• Help prevent crises and counsel individuals, families andcommunities to cope more effectively with the stresses ofeveryday life.• Have knowledge of human development and behavior, social,economic and cultural institutions and government.
    6. 6. Governing Organizations for Social WorkThe Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)Nonprofit national association that accredits social workeducation in this United States Association of Social WorkSteward of Core Values of Social Work and Ethicshttp://naswdc.orgDisseminates core competencies for the profession
    8. 8. Field EducationFoundation Year 16 -20 hrs/wk 450 hrsConcentration Year 20 hrs/week 550 hrsTotal = 1,000 hours50 percent of time dedicated to direct practice
    9. 9. Field EducationUSC Finds Placements in Your CommunityFoundation Year Goals• Build core competencies• Work with diverse populationsConcentration Year Goals• Focus on area of study• Student interviews/selects option(s)• Agency recommendations welcomed
    10. 10. Field Education:It’s Not Just About the Hours• Gain quality experience in a professionalsetting.• Expand your professional network.• Give back to your community.
    11. 11. Field Education is Part of the CurriculumIntegrative Learning Seminar• Integrates classroom learning and field experience• Students collaborate to identify and seek solutions andresources for casesThis course is taken as co-requisite to Field Practicum in the twosemesters of the foundation year.
    12. 12. Types of PracticeDirect PracticeTime working directly with clients: at least 50%Indirect PracticeTime focusing on indirect practice: at least 10%
    13. 13. USC Field Placement Expectations• Case assignments (6–8 by the end of the first semester)• 50% of time in direct contact with clients• Accessibility to resources (phone, computer, desk)• Enthusiastic Field Instructor/Agency• Within 30 miles of and/or 45-60 minute drive from thestudent
    14. 14. Sample of Current Placement Sites• County Departmentof Mental Health• Veteran’s Affairs• Hospitals/Medical Centers• Lutheran Social Services• Youth and FamilyService Centers• Schools• Department of Healthand Human Services• Dialysis Treatment Centers• AIDS Care• Prisons/Corrections• Community Health Centers• Therapeutic Counseling• HomelessShelters/TransitionalHousing• Intervention Services• Behavioral/ MentalHealth Facilities• Alzheimer’s Agencies• Catholic Charities• Jewish Family & Children’sServices• Disability Centers• American Red Cross• Foster Agencies• Adoption Services• Rape Crisis Centers• Rehabilitation Centers• Alcohol and DrugFacilities/Substance Abuse• Women’s Centers• Mental Health Clinic• Hospice• Transitional Services• Cancer Centers• Adult Day Health Care• Juvenile Delinquency
    15. 15. USC Field Placement SelectionBring the Best Education toLife in Your Community
    16. 16. Placement Process
    17. 17. Roles in Field Education —MSW on Agency Staff17USC SCHOOL OFSOCIAL WORK• Regional Coordinator• Field Faculty Advisor• Seminar Instructor/Liaison/Academic AdvisorStudent MSW Field InstructorAGENCY
    18. 18. Roles in Field Education —MSW Not on Agency Staff18USC SCHOOL OFSOCIAL WORK• Regional Coordinator• Field Faculty Advisor• Seminar Instructor/Liason/Academic Advisor• External Field Instructor(EFI)Student PreceptorAGENCY
    19. 19. Issues That May Delay Placement• Change in Concentration• Not Accepted by Agency• Relocation• Late Placement• Agency Clearance Policy• Limited Availabilityin Schedule• Background Issues• Certain Geographic Areas
    20. 20. What to Expect in YourConcentration Year
    21. 21. Concentrations• Community Organization,Planning & Administration (COPA)• Families and Children• Health• Mental Health• Social Work and Business in a GlobalSocietyConcentrations• Military Social Work &Veterans ServicesSub-Concentration
    22. 22. Who Are Served by Military Placements?• Families and significant othersof deceased soldiers• WWII Vets• Widows and Widowers• Returning Vets• Vietnam Vets• Families of Active Military
    23. 23. Additional Training with Military AudiencesVirtual Clinical Experience (VCE)– Guided learning experience in the online classroom.– Students meet in small groups with a faculty member to work throughsimulated cases with military clients (played by actors).– Immediate feedback and supervisor as students engage with theclient.Internship with a Military Lens (IML)– Build capacity at your agency to provide services to military audiences.– Supervised by field instructor.
    24. 24. Join the Trojan FamilyJoin an alumni family that is lifelongand worldwide!• Nearly 230,000 alumni on five continents• The USC Social Work Alumni Association
    25. 25. • No GRE required• Completed bachelor’s degree with a preferred interdisciplinaryliberal arts background• Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of approximately 3.0• Strong academic promise to perform successfully at thegraduate level• Sensitivity and responsiveness in relationships, capacity forself-awareness, concern for the needs of others, ability forabstract reasoning, conceptual thinking and strongcommunication skills.Admission Requirements
    26. 26. Transfer Credit Policy• Up to 12 credit hours can be considered• Credits must be earned from an accredited MSW program• Must have earned a 3.0 or better to be considered
    27. 27. Advanced Standing Program• 3.25 cumulative GPA• 3.5 GPA in social work coursework• BSW from an accredited school in the last five years• Two letters of recommendation from field instructor and professor• Passing grades for six-unit bridge courses prior to concentrationyear• Two tracks: three- or five-semester program; 35 units total
    28. 28. • Online Graduate Admission Application• Supplemental Form: Social Work• Résumé• Statement of Purpose• Two Letters of Recommendations (third optional)• Official Transcript(s)Online Graduate Requirements
    29. 29. Important DatesVirtual Academic CenterClass Start Application DeadlineAugust 7, 2013 June 25, 2013September 3, 2013(advanced standing)July 1, 2013September 3, 2013 July 22, 2013Transfer Applications for August 7 May 20, 2013
    30. 30. Get Started TodayVirtual Academic CenterPhone: 1.877.700.4MSW (4679)Email: sswvac@usc.eduWebsite: msw.usc.eduUniversity of Southern California School of Social Work