Field Instruction: A Guide for Social Work Students / Edition 3

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Field Instruction is a comprehensive, student-friendly guide for those beginning their first social work field experience.


The text addresses the most common questions, concerns, and problems students encounter in their field practicums and provides them with essential information for completing the field experience successfully. It is structured so that “early” questions about preparing for the first interview are presented ahead of more complicated issues such as resolving ethical dilemmas.


New to This Edition

•  Thirty-eight new end-of-chapter Exercises encourage students to think critically about issues raised in the chapter.

•  This edition covers areas of increasing concern to social workers, such as stress (Chapter 4) and safety (Chapter 5).

•  Chapter 8 offers expanded coverage of legal issues.

•  New case examples with questions help students relate material to the real-world issues they face in field practicums.


What Reviewers Are Saying

“A quick and accessible reference guide, a survival tool for students entering the field.”

–Marian Dumaine, Florida InternationalUniversity


“The writing style is great–very approachable–and the chapters are neither too long nor too short.”

–Susan Bowers, Northern Illinois University


“All you ever wanted to know about your internship but were too afraid to ask.”

–Sally Alonzo Bell, Azusa Pacific University

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Editorial Reviews

Written for students embarking on their first field experiences, this concise handbook describes the role of field instruction, the relationship between interns and social service agencies, the practical steps to finding an internship, the role of the intern, professional boundaries, the position of clients, legal and ethical concerns, practical skills, and tricks of the trade. The authors teach at the University of Kentucky. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801330445
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/18/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David Royse, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Surjit Singh Dhooper, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Elizabeth Lewis Rompf, University of Kentucky, Lexington
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Field Instruction and the Social Work Curriculum 1
Ch. 2 The Partnership with Social Service Agencies 12
Ch. 3 Getting Started 22
Ch. 4 The Student Intern: Learning New Roles 38
Ch. 5 Client Systems: The Recipients of Service 56
Ch. 6 The Student Intern: Needed Skills 75
Ch. 7 Pragmatic Concerns 98
Ch. 8 Legal and Ethical Concerns 113
App. A Problem-Oriented Recording 128
App. B National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics 133
Index 147
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