BSW/MSW Program

SWK Field Instruction

R. Bruce McNellie, Ph.D.,LCSW-S,DCSW,LPC-S,LMFT

(936)560-9437; 936 371 2910 (cell)



Welcome to the world of the Social Work Field Placement. This a reference page for those taking SWK 470/480/490 (BSW), and SWK 519, SWK 529 (Foundation MSW), and SWK 539, SWK 540, SWK 541 (Specialized Practice MSW). Make sure you know which section you are in as each has its own manual and required forms. Forms have changed for this year so examine them carefully to make sure you are using the correct ones.


The forms are in the manuals listed in the links below.


The foundation manual for the BSW program is for sections: SWK 480/490 and the forms are included in the manual bswmanual.docx.


The foundation manual for the MSW program, SWK 519/529 is mswmanual529.docx.


The manual for the specialized MSW III program is for SWK 539/540/541 and it is here mswmanual539.docx.  




Link to NASW Code of Ethics




Link to some information about process recording in the field of social work



General notes for students and field placement supervisors:


Supervision/supervised relationship: Two levels, the field supervisor, the liaison. What you need to do with each? Manual and self starting focus.


Socialization to the profession: How to acclimate to the culture of the specific agency?


Required Reading: Review readings in concurrent courses

Read, read, read. Read aloud, listen to recordings, take advantage of travel.


Process weekly challenges and successes in field.

Ask questions, don’t think I am too embarrassed to show my depth of ignorance. You are ignorant (lacking facts and background). Ignorant is not stupid. Stupid is to avoid asking for help when it is needed.


Topics and concepts to be reviewed prior to seminar and discussion relative to practice in the agency:


Multi level practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities

Much depends on your placement. Examples to show breadth and diversity of placements: From dialysis unit to CPS.


Ecological systems perspective: No man is an island. Think how clients are affected by everything, biology, family, friends, neighbors, education.


Multi theory-open selection of theories: Nothing is off base. And you are responsible for learning what is needed!!! Eclectic approach.


Problem focus/problem solving process:

Strengths perspective and application of the problem solving process.


Rural Perspective/ Global context: What does rural have to do with your preparation at SFASU?


Person in the environment : What does this mean?


Inter-professional social work: How to get along? Purpose of meetings? No one ever does anything that does not make sense at the time.


Understanding the agency: mission, goals, services, and service: clients, recipients, patients


Self-understanding/self assessment: Professional developmental of self

                   CSWE-EPAS Standards


Process students’ weekly challenges and successes in field:

What barriers might be encountered? What is it the agency needs from you? Self guided learning environment.

Topics and concepts to be reviewed prior to seminar and discussion relative to practice in the agency: Dress code, timeliness, concept of learning, listening, and reflection (no why do’s…)

Developing interpersonal skills: Watch, watch, watch, listen, listen, listen, engage, engage, engage (with permission, but offer)…

“Professional use of self” in the agency: What does this mean.

Roles/functions of social worker and other professionals in the agency: Why use social workers?

Using supervision; a resource for professional growth/development: points to remember about being a good supervisee.


Identifying values and ethics: personal, professional, agency, and the social work profession: basic moral principles Autonomy, Nonmaleficence, Beneficence, Justice, Fidelity,Veracity                        

Developing an individual learning contract/ self-awareness.


For additional readings and test preparation for the LMSW/LCSW exam: