Social Work | Social Work Practicum I
S381 | 8244 | Iacono Harris


The practicum experience in the junior year of the Bachelor of Social Work
Program develops beginning practice proficiency, laying the foundation for
the more intensive field experience in the senior year.  This unit of work
builds upon the theoretical and experiential learning of both S231,
Generalist Social Work Practice I: Theory and Skills taught in the first
semester of the junior year and S332, Generalist Social Work Practice II:
Theory and Skills offered concurrently with this course in the second
semester of the junior year.  Social Work Practicum I affords the student an
opportunity to make application of such knowledge and skills within an
organizational structure of a human service agency.

As an integral part of Social Work Practicum I, each student will
participate in a bimonthly seminar.  The seminar is geared to helping the
student conceptualize his/her practice with the projected aim of
professional integration.  Seminar activities are designed to be compatible
with and supporting of major areas of content found in the Generalist Social
Work Practice II course, but drawn directly from agency assignments.
Special attention will be given to utilizing the seminar as a means for
understanding group process.

The BSW junior field placement is arranged by the BSW Field Coordinators.
Students are assigned to a field of practice where they have minimal or no
work or volunteer experience.  The student is at the practicum agency for 12
hours per week for the 15 week semester.  Students complete 192 hours of
supervised practice at the agency, which includes 16 hours of bimonthly
seminars.