Field Education Sequence

Smith SSW student working in the field with supervisor

From September through April, you are encouraged to focus on your work in the field.

The majority of field education at SSW takes place outside of the academic terms, although there are some important elements of field training that occur during the summer, such as field orientations.

During the field periods, you will work directly with clients (as individuals or groups), supported by on-site supervisors and training directors at our affiliated centers and by our faculty advisers. Your work with your adviser will include assignments such as monthly narrative and statistical reports, developing a learning plan, an issue-oriented report, and a major case study.

Our Field Office also provides additional training and support through integrative field seminars throughout the year. When you return to campus in the summer, you will have opportunities to bring your field learning into the classroom.