Learning contract and evaluation activities

The School of Social Work currently is exploring and developing frameworks and applications of a trauma-informed and human rights (TI-HR) perspective across all levels of social work practice.

Trauma-Informed and Human Rights Perspective Activities

Please select a student type and learning objective to see a list of related Field Education activities. Activities relevant to a [TI-HR] perspective are labeled as such.

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Sample Learning Contract Projects for In-person or Remote Field Learning

These assignments can be useful adjuncts to in-person fieldwork as well as for when a disruption or stoppage in fieldwork occurs related to a public health issue or other event. They should be incorporated into student learning contracts and connected to relevant competencies.  

Examples include the following:

  • Development of agency trainings on topics of self-care, ethics, etc.
  • Development of curricula for groups or workshops on things like life skills, grief, trauma, intimate partner violence, etc.
  • Development of written materials, such as handouts, flyers or brochures, for service recipients or wider community on topics such as voting rights, informed consent, etc.
  • Agency-specific policy review with written recommendations on topics such as safety, use of social mediate, utilization of technology, etc. 
  • Legislative policy review paper on laws and policies impacting the population students work with (ex- Indian Child Welfare Act, Emergency Mental Health Holds, Homeless Camping Ban, etc.) and provide a synopsis of key takeaways or prepare advocacy materials (letter to editor, develop key talking points, etc.)  
  • Literature review on field-specific topics, i.e. effectiveness of an intervention, how interruption of services impacts mental health or economic stability, etc.
  • Grant work, including researching potential funding opportunities and/or preparing specific sections of a proposal. 
  • Community networking and Resource development, i.e. teleconferencing with various service providers, participating in resource mapping, and develop a list of resources for clients with services offered, referral process, etc. 
  • Completing on-line trainings and providing a certification of completion and/or a written reflection paper.
  • Engaging in volunteer work related to population served, or in response to community crisis and providing a written reflection paper. 
In the case of a public health issue, students may help with public education, connect service recipients to health care resources or other benefits, engage in outreach and inform clients of changes in services, provide resource and referral information, work on agency initiatives in response to the crisis, participate in community awareness campaigns, and write to elected officials about issues impacting service delivery, and the needs of the population served.
Assignments below have been developed by members of the UBSSW Field Team. Students also have access to the UB Learns course site, Social Work Field Education, where a more comprehensive listing of activities can be found. Students can contact sw-field@buffalo.edu if they need assistance. 


Do you have field projects you'd like to share?

Email us at sw-field@buffalo.edu