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MSW 684 Clinical Field Experience I and II Block Placement

NOTE: This course takes the place of MSW 680 and MSW 681. Students must receive approval to enroll in MSW 684.

The purpose of this course is to address and process issues and experiences from the students’ field placement experiences. Students develop critical reflections of their placement sites and also of their developing skills and identities as social workers. The course integrates past and current program curriculum content, including theoretical perspectives and relevant policy concerns. Students engage in case consultation, addressing both clinical and systems issues encountered during placement.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply ethical decision-making frameworks, including the NASW Code of Ethics, to both case-based and systemic issues in their field placement setting. (C1d)
  2. Use facilitated peer consultation and instruction to apply reflection and analysis to field placement experiences to build self awareness of biases, values, strengths, and areas of growth. (C1a, C1f; C2c)
  3. Integrate observations and experiences with theories and social policy coursework content to conduct thoughtful assessments of field placement sites’ social work practices regarding advancing the human rights and advocating for equity and justice for the populations they serve. (C3a, C3c; C5a)
  4. Integrate case material and facilitated peer consultation with theoretical frameworks and reflection on use of self to identify impactful and culturally responsive client engagement and intervention strategies. (C6b, C6c; C7a; C8a, C8c)
  5. Integrate curriculum content regarding program evaluation with field placement experiences to create critical analysis of site program processes and outcomes. (C9a, C9c)

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MSW 650 Clinical Methods I with Individuals and MSW 652 Clinical Methods II with Families, Groups, and Large Systems


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Learn more about the coursework in the Advanced Standing and Traditional tracks of the online Master of Social Work from Saint Mary's. Call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor or request more information.