In the Field: A Guide for the Social Work Practicum / Edition 2

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Very brief and down-to-earth field manual that helps students prepare for entering their first field placement.

In the Field: A Guide for the Social Work Practicum, 2/e helps students make the leap from the theory they learned in the classroom to the real world they will encounter in their field placement.

It addresses issues that students often struggle with in their beginning practicum and reinforces that co-workers, supervisors, and the students' own life experiences have much offer.

New coverage includes:cultural competency, health care laws, student safety, time management, internet privacy, client assessment, and spirituality.

Teaching & Learning Experience

  • Personalize Learning - MySocialWorkLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals.
  • Improve Critical Thinking — Throughout the text,students are encouraged to think critically about how to address a variety of situations they will encounter.
  • Engage Students — Actual case examples and feedback from field students provide insight and friendly advice for students in their first field placement.
  • Explore Current Issues — The new edition includes up-to-date information on cultural competency, health care laws, client assessment, and student safety.
  • Support Instructors - MySocialWorkLab Videos, including Core Competency videos, ABC News videos, and video lectures on the history of social welfare with assessment.

Note: MySocialWorkLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySocialWorkLab, please visit: or you can purchase a valuepack of the text + MySocialWorkLab (at no additional cost). VP: 0205205097 / 9780205205097

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205022274
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Series: MySocialWorkLab Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 518,285
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

William A. Danowski, LCSW, attended New York University School of Social Work. He later transferred to Adelphi University where he completed his degree in Social Work. In his professional career he has worked with individuals suffering from mental illness, homeless persons, and populations that have no health insurance. During this time, Mr. Danowski supervised social work students from both graduate and under graduate programs in the metropolitan area of NYC. He has worked as a direst care social worker, supervising social worker, and agency director. Currently, he is working as a hospital administrator, focusing on standards compliance. His teaching career began at Mercy College as an adjunct professor and currently at Dominican College as coordinator of Field Work Instruction.
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Table of Contents





Introduction: Before You Embark On Your Journey

Chapter 1: Making the Leap from Theory to Real Life

Chapter 2: Ethics

Chapter 3: Beginning at the Beginning

Chapter 4: Staying the Course—Routines

Chapter 5: Navigating the Hazards

Chapter 6: Saying Goodbye




Introduction: Before You Embark On Your Journey

How to get the most from this book

Twenty skills you will learn

Do your homework

Placement Interview Questions

Elephant in the room

Preparing Your Attitudes

You Will Make Mistakes

Disagreements with Your Supervisor

Stay Out of Controversies That Don’t Concern You

Assessing Your Self

Building Your Professional Wardrobe

The Not So Average Social Work Student

House Rules


Personal Technology Usage

Transporting Clients

Supervision, Placements, and Support from the College

Learning Contracts

Chapter 1: Making the Leap from Theory to Real Life

Your Mental Health First-aid Kit

Time management


Mistakes: Errors of technique vs. Errors of the heart

Paper Work

Group Notes and Meetings

Recording Errors

Process recordings

Chapter 2: Ethics

Ethics Demystified Social Work Ethics

Ethical Thinking

Confidentiality Issues in Agencies

Family Contact: Appropriate and Inappropriate

Chapter 3: Beginning at the Beginning

Emotional Readiness: Standing in the Rain

The First Day

Understanding Your Client

Open-ended Questions

Getting Comfortable with Your Client

Student Safety

Leaving Space

Becoming the Least Motivated Person in the Room


Learning to Tolerate Ambiguity and Ambivalence

Learning to Trust and Use Your Feelings

Paying attention to your body

Care and Feeding of On-Site Supervisors Macro Experiences

Chapter 4: Staying the Course—Routines

Team and Agency as Systems

Multi-Cultural Interview and Culture Competence


Seeing the Big Picture

Coloring in the Picture

Chapter 5: Navigating the Hazards

Stress and Anxiety

Transference and Counter-transference

Helpless and Hopeless: Bad Feelings or Good Feelings?

Three Common Mistakes:

Uncomfortable topics

Gimmicks and props

Chapter 6: Saying Goodbye


Your Termination

Client Termination

Staff and the Agency Termination

Focus Group Suggested Learning Elements

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