Letter from Field Educators
Dear Students and Field Supervisors,
Welcome to the Bachelor of Social Work Field Education Program!
The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at Azusa Pacific University seeks to prepare students for professional social work practices by demonstrating competence in skill performance with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Thus, the culmination of the BSW student’s education process is the two-semester, 400-hour field internship practicum. This internship is a collaboration between community-based agencies and the university, providing sites where students can integrate the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom into professional settings with authentic clients.
Our BSW program and APU field faculty are committed to a collaborative relationship between field supervisors and agencies. In most cases, the field faculty who teach a senior practicum seminar class are the field liaison for their students. This arrangement enables effective communication and coordination between the university, students, and agency. The BSW director of field education provides administrative oversight and support to students, field supervisors, and field faculty.
Students are assigned an internship site for the academic year, starting in September and ending in April. APU field faculty visit each student at their internship site twice a year (once a semester) to meet with the field supervisor to discuss the student’s skill development and agency experiences in relation to professional identity formation.
Field supervisors, we thank you for being a vital part of our students’ education journey. Your participation and partnership with APU provides the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge and theoretical concepts into direct field practice. Through your leadership, training, and commitment, our students will become competent generalist practitioners and professionalized social workers.
The BSW Student Handbook is developed to inform the field supervisor and student intern of the policies, procedures, and expectations for the field education process as established by the Council on Social Work Education’s competencies (CSWE, 2008 & 2015). The first section provides an overview of the internship program, assignments, and processes. The second section provides policies, procedures, and information to support the role of the field supervisor. The third section informs the students about expectations, policies, and procedures to enable them to have a successful year in field education. Additionally, a current syllabus for the field internship is provided for reference. The appendix contains all the forms utilized throughout the internship year.
Please feel free to contact us at any time.
Barbara Johnson, MSW, LCSW
Interim Field Education Director
(626) 815-6000, Ext. 2762
Amy Tauati, MSW
(626) 815-6000, Ext. 2395
Veronica McClendon, MSW, LCSW