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Field Education


The signature pedagogy of social work education - the Field Practicum - 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 competent professional social workers and is a partnership involving the Social Work Program, Field Education Program, Social Work Faculty and Staff, Community Partners, Field Instructors, and Social Work Students.  Field practicum experiences occur in a variety of settings, including child welfare, medical, educational, criminal justice, mental health, addiction, and a wide range of other settings where generalist and advanced clinical practice can be learned and applied. Students have the opportunity to work with many diverse ethnic and cultural groups and may work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and governmental and non-governmental entities. 

The Social Work Field Education 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 Education Program 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

Jamie L. Walsh, MSW, LICSW
Assistant Field Education Director
413-572-8446 or


Field application links are available December – May.
Download application first then complete & save.
Information WILL NOT save if you do not first download the application onto your computer.
Instructions for submission are included on each application form.
  • Application for MSW Field Practicum
  • Application for BSW Field Practicum 
  • Application for Employment-Based Field Practicum
  • Field Instructor Manual
  • MSW Field Education Manual
  • FAQ MSW Field Education
  • BSW Field Education Manual
  • FAQ BSW Field Education
  • Central Region DCF Employment-Based Internship Guidelines 2020
  • Western Region DCF Employment-Based Internship Guidelines 2020
  • Tips for the Field Placement Interview Process
  • Learning Agreement Guide, BSW & MSW Foundation Edition
  • Learning Agreement Guide, MSW Advanced Edition


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