Scholars Field Education
MSW CLINICAL PRACTICUM
Field education is the “signature pedagogy” of social work education. The advanced year clinical practicum for all KUSSW students consists of a minimum of 24 hours per week for a total of 30 weeks over the course of one academic year (fall and spring semester). Similar to all students, Scholars are required to complete a minimum total of 720 hours by the end of the spring practicum schedule. A minimum of 50% of the practicum hours must be focused on direct practice activities. All students work with their field instructors (masters-level social workers) to develop a learning contract that outlines the activities they will pursue in order to demonstrate clinical practice behaviors and meet defined competencies.
Practicum sites for Scholars provide opportunities to experience working in integrated health (settings addressing physical and behavioral health) providing team-based care with rural and other underserved individuals. Field sites vary from year to year depending upon where current Scholars reside. Sites include Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), primary care clinics, hospitals, community mental health centers (CMHCs), substance use treatment programs, and other behavioral health service agencies. On occasion, Scholars may be placed in schools or specialty mental health settings. The Scholars Team works closely with the Field Education Office to match Scholars with practicum sites that align with student interests and Scholars requirements.
A unique aspect of field for Scholars is the requirement to complete a Capstone Project that features innovative work done at their field practicum. Each year, Scholars develop programs and influence social work practices that contribute to their agencies. Students present hightlights of their work in a professional poster which is shared at a community event. You may view the Scholars Capstone Project presentations from 2020 here.
If you are an agency interested in providing field education for an Integrated Health Scholar, please contact us!
The IHSP is funded by a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training award from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.