Social work is a practice-oriented profession and requires mastery of a vast array of helping skills that can only be developed through practical experience. Because of this, MSW students complete 900 hours of field placement in at least two different social service organizations in order to receive the practical experience and develop the skills necessary for successful service as an advanced social work practitioner. Field placement sites are developed and monitored by Samford’s Director of Field Education, in order to ensure continuity between the classroom and field components of the MSW program. During their field placements, students are supervised by experienced MSW-level social workers. Students also participate in weekly field seminars wherein they share their experiences with a small group of students and a social work faculty member.
Examples of field placement sites include:
- Mental health clinics
- Substance abuse treatment facilities
- Long-term care facilities
- Correctional facilities
- Residential institutions
- Child welfare organizations
- Foster care and adoption agencies
- Community development programs
- Neighborhood revitalization organizations
- Organizations for individuals with disabilities
- Prevention organizations
- Domestic violence organizations
Students in the global community development concentration will have the opportunity to complete 500 field hours in an international setting.