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Field Education

The signature pedagogy of social work education - the field experience - brings academic knowledge to life, offering students the critical opportunity for application, integration, and socialization into social work roles. 

The field education process is pivotal to launching effective and prepared social workers and is a partnership involving the Social Work Program, the Field Education Department, Social Work Faculty, Field Placement Sites, Field Instructors, and social work students.  Field practicum experiences occur in a variety of human service settings across New England. These include child welfare, health, educational, criminal justice, mental health and a wide range of other settings where generalist and advanced clinical practice can be learned and applied. Students may work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and governmental and non-governmental entities. Students have the opportunity to work with many diverse ethnic and cultural groups.

The Social Work Program at Westfield State University partners with organizations and programs that are in alignment with the NASW Code of Ethics, provide a range of learning opportunities, and demonstrate their commitment to student education by offering the skills, time, and knowledge of their staff to social work students.

The materials below provide useful resources for students applying for field placement, students currently in the field, and for our Field Instructors.  You may also contact the Field Department at any time  - we welcome your questions as well as your ideas and suggestions to continue to strengthen our field education process.

Terri J. Haven, MSW, LICSW
Field Education Director
413-572-8405 or thaven@westfield.ma.edu

Maria D. Mead, MSW, LCSW
Assistant Field Education Director
413-572-8332 or mmead@westfield.ma.edu

SOCW Field Docs (IPT) – our web-based system for students, field instructors, and faculty liaisons – easy access and completion of all field-related documentation: