HBSSW Field Response to COVID-19 Crisis


On behalf of our Field Education Team, we hope that you are managing this global crisis as best as can be expected.  Our primary concern is for your safety and welfare and we have been working all week on the Field Contingency Plan, which is attached and will also be posted on your Field Canvas site and our Field website.  Many students have already been suspended from being physically present at the agency site and these numbers will increase.  There is also a possibility that there will be an administrative decision to suspend all UWM on-site field practicums in the near future.

There have been several emergency adjustments made within the last two weeks to accommodate our field students including:

– A reduction in field hours for BSW and MSW students in the following courses (421, 422, 821, 822, 921).  Unfortunately, due to the variance in MSW curriculum plans it is not possible to change the 721/722 field requirements at this time.

-We have also adjusted the requirements for an employment-based field practicum so please direct any questions about these changes to your field liaison if you are currently employed in a social service program providing direct services to clients.

-We are allowing students to apply the time spent on completing field assignments to their total field hours for spring and summer semesters.

-We are also allowing a carry-over in excess field hours from last semester to be applied toward this semester’s new total field hour requirement.

If your agency field instructor has not provided contingency field assignments and you are no longer at the practicum site you will need to complete contingency activities from the comprehensive list found on your field liaison’s field documentation Canvas site.  Please read the instructions as you will need to complete the required summaries and complete the Field Contingency form and upload on the Field document Canvas site to receive credit for the activity.  We are providing a lot of excellent options so please select activities that will enhance your knowledge and build upon your competency development.

We hope you do everything recommended to stay safe and avoid social contact as much as possible!

How to Get Started

BSW- Introduction to Field Programs for Placements (PowerPoint)
For students who will begin their first placement the following semester.

General BSW Field Application

Please note that BSW students must be accepted into the major before they can begin the field placement process.

Application Instructions

Required Application Forms:
Application Part I
Application Part II

Submit Application

Other Application-Related Documents:
Previous Agency Placements
Employment-Based Field Application Form
Interviewing Tips

Required Field Education Materials

Orientation to Field Education Practicum PowerPoint
Mandatory for students beginning their first semester of field education.

Field Hour Verification Form
Use this form to record your hours during your field placement.

Field Course Objectives
Direct Field Education Course Objectives

Learning Plans & Mid-Term Progress Report
BSW Learning Plan & Mid-Term Progress Report Form
Learning Plan Example for Field Contingency Plan

BSW Learning Plan Example

Student Evaluation Forms

Field Education Course Forms

Student Self-Evaluation
Use for final evaluation.

Field Grading Rubrics
Field Grading Rubric (SW 421, SW 422)
Field Grading Rubric (SW 423)

Agency Placement & Field Liaison Evaluations
Mid-Term Evaluation of Field Placement
Final Evaluation of Field Placement
Final Evaluation of Field Liaison

Incompletes in Field Education

Incomplete Request form
Field Course Incomplete Policy