Responsibilities of the Field Agency
- Maintenance of an atmosphere in which learning is valued, a climate conductive to educational purposes.
- Provide the space and equipment needed by students; their privacy for interviews and conferences, etc.
- Provide reimbursement for student travel needed by fulfilling service assignments and assume responsibility for liability incurred in connection with agency assignment.
- Provide the clerical services needed by students and field eater in the provision of Field Education (e.g., transport forms, recordings, reports, etc.).
- Permit students to use case materials and other data as appropriate in fulfilling class assignments after agency administrative approval and deletion of all identifying data.
- Administrative acceptance and signing of University Affiliation Agreement.
Criteria for Placement Sites
- The agency is willing to accept students without regard to age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, martial status, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation.
- The agency can provide a Field Instructor who meets the criterial delineated in the Field Instructor Criteria.
- The agency philosophy of service and practice embodies the values and ethics of the social work profession and shares the educational objectives of the Department.
- The staff is of such size as to maintain and develop the basic program of the agency without reliance on students.
- The agency is in good standing in the community and in the profession, and should qualify for membership in those local, state, or national organizations appropriate to its services.
- The agency is concerned with personal safety for staff and students, and has developed policies which take this aspect into account. Minimally, no student (or staff) should be alone in the setting at any time.
- The agency program is broad enough to allow for variety of learning experiences for students.
- The agency administration staff and board governing body are aware of, and support the Field Education program as a significant function and responsibility of the agency with release time approved for the Field Instructor to teach. Before an agency is selected as a training center, the Department's field consultant will visit the agency and meet with appropriate staff and administrators in order to evaluate the agency as a field work setting, and a final decision will be made to accept or reject the agency. The reasons for the Department's decision will be shared with the agency.
The agency assumes responsibility to:
- Nominate, for consideration, two staff members (if possible), who meet the criteria for Field Instructors. Final selection is to be decided with the Department representative (see Field Instructor Criteria).
- Modify the workload of any employee selected as Field Instructor to make adequate time available for teaching, which may include campus activities. This should be approximately four hours/week/students. Two or more students do not particularly have the same per student requirement.
- Provide any assistance to Field Instructor in developing appropriate learning opportunities, in orienting students to the function and personnel of the agency, and in arranging supplementary learning experiences for students (e.g., attendance and staff, committee or community meetings, case conferences and consultation, and assistance of other staff in teaching the student).
- Schedule learning opportunities, staff meetings, in-service-training, etc., when students are present, if possible.
- Delegate to each Field Instructor autonomy sufficient:
a. to symbolize for students the agency's respect for the social work profession and for the professional competence of the Field Instructor; and
b. To adequately fulfill the responsibilities listed under Responsibilities of the Field Instructor