Field Planning and Placement Information

Learn more about the MSW Field Placement process at UNE Online

Field-place­ment is the oppor­tu­ni­ty for stu­dents to inte­grate their course­work into a real-life prac­tice sit­u­a­tion. Stu­dents will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn about local resources, net­work in the com­mu­ni­ty and devel­op and hone clin­i­cal skills.

Tra­di­tion­al MSW stu­dents will com­plete two field placements/internships in their local com­mu­ni­ty. (Each place­ment is 560 hours). Stu­dents admit­ted as advanced stand­ing will com­plete just one field place­ment at the end of their aca­d­e­m­ic course work.  (This place­ment is 560 hours).

Each field place­ment will occur over a peri­od of 32 weeks with the stu­dent being at the place­ment for 18–20 hours per week. Stu­dents who are not employed may request to do a place­ment at 40 hours per week over a short­er peri­od of 16 weeks (this is not an option for every­one and must be pre-approved by the pro­gram admin­is­tra­tion).

You will be respon­si­ble to research, locate and ini­ti­ate this site/placement, but will be sup­port­ed in this process by a UNE field plan­ner.

You will begin the process of work­ing with a UNE field plan­ner four months before you enter either place­ment. The field plan­ning process is set up to sup­port you in your search, answer ques­tions, and guide you in paper­work as well as the field process. It has set dead­lines that must be met in order for the stu­dent to move into their field place­ment.

The first place­ment will occur at the end of your first-year course work.

Unlike your aca­d­e­m­ic cours­es which allow you to be in any loca­tion, your field place­ment will require you to be on-site at the field place­ment agency for 18–20 hours per week for 32 weeks (all at one site).

  • Dur­ing the first-year field place­ment stu­dents engage in gen­er­al­ist social work. This means doing tasks such as: case man­age­ment, pro­gram review, assess­ments, cri­sis inter­ven­tion etc. (This is not a com­plete list).
  • The spe­cial­iza­tion (sec­ond) place­ment will depend on the student’s inter­est and may involve clin­i­cal ther­a­py, foren­sic assess­ments, pro­gram devel­op­ment, pro­gram review, etc. (This is not a com­plete list)

Many of our stu­dents have ques­tions about how the field place­ment may impact their cur­rent employ­ment and life.  Most stu­dents do con­tin­ue to work as they enter the field place­ment with some adjust­ments to their cur­rent sched­ule. Adding 20 hours of field to an already full sched­ule will require flex­i­bil­i­ty, time man­age­ment and a lot of sup­port.

More ques­tions about the MSW Field Place­ment? Con­tact your stu­dent sup­port spe­cial­ist to be con­nect­ed to the right sup­port resources!