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Field Experience: School of Social Work: FAQs and Contact Us

Frequently Asked Questions

We recognize you may have many questions about the Field Experience application and process. We are here to help! Common questions are below:

Q: What is the process to get placed at an internship?

     A: Complete information can be found here: https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/c.php?g=81877&p=665040

*Be sure to note and meet the deadlines listed on the website. If deadlines are not met your start date will be moved to the next term.

  1. Contact Student Success Advising to determine the term you are eligible to begin field experience.
  2. Apply for field in Meditrek for that specific term.
  3. You will receive an email from Meditrek after your application is processed.
  4. You can then log back into Meditrek and complete the Lead Agency Form.
  5. You will be assigned a Field Education Coordinator (FEC) who will work with you and the field site to try and get all needed documentation done and confirm the site and supervisor are a good fit. Meanwhile, you should continue thinking of potential backup sites.
  6. Your FEC will send you final email confirmation if your placement is approved.

Q: How do I locate an internship?

A: Please carefully look through our Locating an Agency page here:

https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/c.php?g=81877&p=665045 If you are still having difficulties identifying potential agency options after reviewing the information on the website and would like searching assistance, please complete the “Requesting Searching Assistance” form found here: https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/c.php?g=81877&p=665045#s-lib-ctab-14716528-4.

Q: How many hours do I need?

      A: Due to Covid-19, CSWE has reduced the total number of hours. Foundation level students need to complete a total of 400 hours. Concentration level students need to complete between 265-365 hours, depending on the timing of their field experience placements. Your FEC will notify you of your hour requirement in an initial email to you.

Q: Who can provide my weekly supervision?

      A: You must get an hour of supervision each week at your agency from someone with their MSW degree and at least two years of experience in the field since graduating with that degree.

Q: What types of tasks should I do for the internship?

      A: All students should have opportunities to engage, assess and intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Foundation year students practice at a generalist/non-clinical level (i.e., case management) while concentration year students should engage at a clinical level with a mental health focus.

Q: Where can I go with questions before I am assigned a FEC?

      A: Please email our field office at mswfield@mail.waldenu.edu and someone will respond within two business days.

Q: Do I have a class that goes with the internship?

A: All students are enrolled in a field course that includes a weekly online synchronous meeting.

Q: Can I complete hours during the break?

A: No, you are not able to complete internship hours during the break in between academic quarters.

Q: Can I carry extra foundation placement hours into the concentration field placement?

      A: No, students are not able to count additional foundation hours for their concentration field placement.

Follow up with Student Success Advising at studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu or (800) 925-3368 (option 3) with questions regarding start date, when to take certain classes, or your prospective graduation date.

Q: What are the requirements for the MSW Field Experience agency and MSW supervisor (Field Instructor)?

 A: Appropriate Field Experience agencies for social work students are those that serve social work populations and meet the standards of the social work curriculum. Field Experience placements must have an agency staff member who supervises the student in the Field. This individual is known as the Field Instructor and is employed by the agency. In addition, it is preferred that she or he holds an MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited social work program and has a minimum of two years of post-MSW experience. We can approve licensed Field Instructors who have a masters in a social work-related field. The Field Instructor will evaluate the performance of the student through field evaluations and site visits. 

Q: What are the requirements for the BSW Field Experience agency and BSW Field Instructor (Agency Supervisor)?

A: Appropriate BSW Field experience agencies for undergraduate social work students are those that serve social work populations and meet CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) standards and the social work curriculum. Field Experience placements must have an agency employee who supervises the student in the Field experience. This individual is known as the Field Instructor (Agency Social Worker) and is employed by the agency. In addition, it is required that this individual have a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited social work program and has a minimum of 2 years of post-BSW experience. The Field Instructor may have an MSW but still must have 2 years work experience. The Field Instructor (Agency Social Worker) does NOT have to be licensed but it is preferred. The Field Instructor will evaluate the performance of the student through field evaluations and site visits. The Field Instructor will also approve all logged hours by the student. 

Q: What is the difference between Foundation and Concentration?

A: Foundation placement is focused on generalist social work practice and is required for all full-time and part-time students. To learn more about Foundation placement and specific tasks, view the task grid.

Concentration placement is an advanced placement where you learn clinical skills and is generally completed at the end of your program. To learn more about Concentration placement and specific tasks, view the task grid.

Q: Are the requirements for BSW the same as MSW?

  • No, the requirements are NOT the same.
  • BSW Field requires 400 hours or 200 hours for 2 consecutive quarters (terms)
  • BSW Field Instructor must have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree plus 2 years post graduate experience.

Contact Us

Contact the MSW Field Experience Office

Email: mswfield@mail.waldenu.edu

 

This is the quickest way to contact our office; responses come within 1-2 business days.

 

LiveChat support is available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST.

  1. Log in to your myWalden student portal from my.waldenu.edu.  
  2. Click on “HELP” tab in the right-hand corner of the top tool bar.
  3. Click on “LIVE CHAT SUPPORT” link. 
  4. Click on the “FIELD EXPERIENCE” box to chat with the Field Experience Office. 

 

Field Education Operations Coordinators

Patrick Maloney, MA

Liz Hasty, MA. Ed.
   

Senior Field Education Coordinator

Megan Arneson, MSW, LGSW

 

 

 

Field Education Coordinators

Caitlin Dinneen, MSW, MPA

Allie Goodmanson, MSW, LGSW

Kara Lipps, MSW, LISW

Caitlin Callahan, MSW, LGSW

Nou Yang, MSW

Ja Lee, MSW

Ashley Hipp MSW, LGSW

Marissa Jensen, MSW, LGSW

 

 

Senior Director of Field Education Barbara Solomon School of Social Work

Dr. Donna McElveen, LISW

field.director@mail.waldenu.edu

 

 

Meet the BSW Field Team

BSW Field Director

Dr. Dionne L. Spooner, LCSW

Responsible for oversight of BSW Field Office

BSW Field Education Coordinator

Julie Auslander, MSW

Responsible for BSW Field placement for all students

Senior Director of Field Education Barbara Solomon School of Social Work

Dr. Donna McElveen, LISW

Responsible for Field Programs in the Barbara Solomon School of Social Work

 

BSW Field Office email: bswfield@mail.waldenu.edu