Criteria and Responsibilities

Criteria for Field Educators

  1. A Master's Degree in social work and NYS License (either LMSW or LCSW, as appropriate to the setting / level of intern's clinical responsibilities)
  2. Willing to meet the stated Field Educator Responsibilities
  3. Be free of any professional sanctions by NASW
  4. Two years post master's social work experience (preferred)

Educator Responsibilities

  1. Attend an orientation session provided by the School (required for all new field educators).
  2. Provide the student with an orientation to the agency, including information on safety protocol, HIPAA requirements, or other regulations specific to field site.
  3. Provide suitable workspace.
  4. Coordinate the involvement of other agency staff with the student's learning experience.
  5. Develop, with the student, a learning contract which reflects the learning opportunities and activities to meet the learning objectives and expected outcomes identified by the school.
  6. Provide a minimum of one hour per week of supervision in order to provide feedback, education, and role modeling.
  7. Review course syllabi provided by student in order to assist in the integration of field and academic experiences.
  8. Identify assignments to help the foundation year student learn a broad range of social work interventions and/or Advanced Year students to experience activities related to their area of Advanced Year.
  9. Provide ongoing evaluation of the student throughout the placement and to provide feedback on progress toward meeting their identified objectives.
  10. Notify the faculty liaison of any problems or questions as soon as they become evident.
  11. Complete and submit, by the designated time, a written mid-placement and final evaluation of the student's progress.
  12. Ensure that the student completes the minimum required hours for the field placement.
  13. Attend training seminars provided by the Field Education Department.
  14. Participate in three-way conferences with the student and faculty liaison during the field placement.
  15. Abide by the NASW Code of Ethics.

Criteria for Agencies

1. The ethics and values of social work should be demonstrated through the policies, program design, and delivery of services of the agency.

2. The agency must be willing to support an educational focus for students providing social work experiences that will meet the learning objectives identified by the school.

3. The agency contact person is expected to complete the Agency Profile Form to provide a written description of the agency including types of student assignments available.

4. The agency must provide adequate space for the student.

5. The agency will provide professionals qualified to provide field instruction.

6. The agency will support field education staff time availability to provide a minimum of one hour per week of supervision, to attend field educator orientations, training and faculty liaison conferences.

Monitoring and Evaluation

1. The quality of the learning experience.

2. The quality of the communication between the agency and the school.

3. Program or personnel changes that would affect student learning.

4. School of Social Work curriculum changes that would affect student learning.

5. Field Educator attendance at field education training sessions/workshops.

Monitoring the quality of field education is an ongoing process that is accomplished via personal and telephone contact between the Field Education Department staff, faculty liaison, and the field educator. Students provide feedback to the Field Education Department through the Student Evaluation of Field Practicum Experience Form completed at the end of their placement experience.  Additional meetings may be scheduled between agency and Field Education Department staff to address areas of concern and to evaluate the appropriateness of an agency to continue as a field site.