Practicum - BSW

Practicum with professional social work supervision is an integral part of social work education. Students are expected to demonstrate a sense of responsibility, good judgment, responsiveness to the supervision of their work, and to demonstrate sensitivity and good interpersonal skills in professional interactions.

Junior practicum (SW 391) is required of all students in the second semester of their junior year while concurrently enrolled in SW 303. The junior practicum experience requires 8 hours per week for 9 weeks (total of 72 hours) at a social work agency in the community, as well as attendance at regularly scheduled meetings with the BSW Coordinator who is responsible for all placements. The primary objectives of SW 391 are to introduce and prepare students for their role as a social work student in an agency setting. In most cases, students will remain at their assigned practicum sites for their junior and senior practicum experiences.

Senior practicum (SW 490–491), is required of all students in their final year of the BSW program, is to be completed concurrently with SW 402–403. Each student must spend 16 hours per week for 14 weeks for a total of 225 hours per semester and 450 hours per academic year, at the assigned agency for the academic year. Additionally, students are required to attend scheduled meetings with the Practicum Office staff to enhance their practicum experience.


The goals for competence training in BSW practicum instruction are comprised of the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Core Competencies :

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.

  2. Apply social work ethnical principles to guide professional practice.

  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.

  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.

  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.

  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
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Student’s Agreement with the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

All students, prior to entering the practicum, shall agree to the following:

  1. Will follow the administrative policies, standards and practices of the practicum agency.

  2. Will conform to the policies, standards and practices established by the School while enrolled in the BSW Program.

  3. Will obtain written approval of the practicum agency and the practicum office before publishing any material(s) relating to their practicum agency or the BSW program.

  4. Will be an active participant in the learning process; an “adult learner.”

  5. Will be responsible for submitting the original learning agreement and evaluation to the Practicum Office.

  6. Will provide the School with a written evaluation of her practicum agency and Practicum Instructor using the student evaluation forms at the end of the practicum year.

Professional Ethics

A student’s failure to adhere to the expected standards for professional, ethical conduct will be considered grounds for termination of the practicum and a failing grade in the practicum course.

It is understood that students will adhere to the expected standards for professional, ethical conduct and to the agency’s policies and procedures as long as these are not in conflict with the NASW Code of Ethics. A salient issue for students during the practicum is that of confidentiality of case records and recordings.

Under no circumstances will students remove client information, interview recordings (written, audio tape or videotape), evaluation summaries, etc., from the agency without the explicit permission of the Practicum Instructor.

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