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Field Work Practicum

FIELD PRACTICUM

Students in the BSW program are required to complete a field practicum. Field Practicum is completed in the spring semester and after the completion of all course work (general education requirements as well as major courses).

The field practicum consists of 450 hours of field work over a thirteen week period in a placement approved by the Mary Baldwin social work department. Students attend the class SOWK 400 Social Work Field Instruction, also known as Field Seminar, while simultaneously participating in their field practicum. Fifteen semester hour credits are awarded for successful completion of field instruction. Student’s time while in class will count toward the 450 hours of field work. An orientation to field will be held for students eligible for field placement each fall to discuss requirements for the field practicum, steps necessary to initiate placement and other considerations, as appropriate.

Applications for Field Practicum are submitted to the Field Director at the beginning of the fall semester preceding the spring in which field will be completed and will only be considered for students who have both declared their major and who have been accepted into the social work program. Applications must be signed by an academic advisor and must include a current resume, including relevant experience (voluntary and/or paid).

An orientation for field instructors will be offered to orient new field instructors and to facilitate information sharing regarding any changes within the social work program, as appropriate. Field Instructors (as well as students) will be provided a copy of the current Field Instruction Manual for their review and to serve as their guide to field instruction in Mary Baldwin’s social work program.

During field practicum, students are required to receive a minimum of one hour of clinical supervision weekly by a bachelor’s or master’s level social worker at the field placement. The Field Director would need to approve any exceptions to this credentialing requirement and may require additional documentation from the placement agency.

A minimum of two site visits will be made during the field practicum by the Field Director. This will provide an opportunity for the Field Director to further assess the student’s performance in the field practicum as well as the placement resource’s ability to provide learning opportunities as outlined in the Field Instruction Manual while receiving the support and consultation desired from the social work program.

Field Work Placements

FIELD WORK PLACEMENTS

Students carry out their field observation (May term) and/or Field Instruction in Social Work (450 clock hours of full internship) in any one of these agencies. Professional social workers provide weekly supervision to students while they are completing their field work.

2017 Field Work Placements

  • Botetourt County Department of Social Services, Daleville, VA
  • Children’s Services of Virginia, Inc., Harrisonburg, VA
  • Compass Counseling Services, Staunton, VA
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Staunton, VA
  • Family Preservation Services, Farmville, VA
  • Kings Daughters Community Health and Rehabilitation Center, Staunton, VA
  • Rockingham County Social Services/Foster Care, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Roanoke City Social Services/Adult Services/Adult Protective Services, Roanoke, VA
  • Roanoke City Social Services/Benefit Services, Roanoke, VA
  • Starke Behavioral Health Services, Blackstone, VA
  • Tap Into Hope (TAP), Roanoke, VA
  • United Methodist Family Services, South Hill, VA
  • United Way of Greater Augusta, Fishersville, VA
  • Valley Assisted Independent Living Associates (VAIL), Harrisonburg, VA
  • Valley Mission, Staunton, VA
  • Wall Residences, Lynchburg, VA
  • Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Services, Fishersville, VA

2016 Field Work Placements

  • Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth, Waynesboro, VA
  • Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents, Staunton, VA
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Staunton, VA
  • Danville Department of Social Services, Danville, VA
  • King William County Department of Social Services, King William, VA
  • New Directions, Staunton, VA
  • People Places, Staunton, VA
  • People Places, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Region Ten, Charlottesville, VA
  • Rescue Mission, Roanoke, VA
  • Rockingham County Social Services/Child Protective Services, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Shenandoah Valley Head Start, Fishersville, VA
  • Shenandoah Valley Social Services/Adult Services &Adult Protective Services, Waynesboro, VA
  • Tap into Hope (TAP), Roanoke, VA
  • Trust House Homeless Shelter, Roanoke, VA
  • Valley Mission, Staunton, VA
  • Western State Hospital, Staunton, VA

2015 Field Work Placements

  • Augusta Health, Fishersville, VA
  • Blue Ridge Court Services, Staunton, VA
  • Botetourt County Department of Social Services, Daleville, VA
  • Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth, Waynesboro, VA
  • Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents, Staunton, VA
  • Fairfield Center, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Good Samaritan Hospice, Roanoke, VA
  • Middle River Jail, Staunton, VA
  • Office on Youth Empowerment, Progreso, Honduras
  • Rushford, Meriden, CT
  • Shenandoah Valley Comprehensive Services Act, Verona, VA
  • Shenandoah Valley Department of Social Services/Adoption, Verona, VA
  • Shenandoah Valley Department of Social Services/Child Protective Services, Verona, VA
  • The Children’s Trust, Roanoke, VA
  • THRIVE Healthcare, Charlottesville, VA
  • UVA Ryan White Clinic, Charlottesville, VA
  • Valley Mission, Staunton, VA
  • Western State Hospital, Staunton, VA

2014 Field Work Placements

  • Albemarle County Department of Social Services, Family Support Services: Agnor-Hurt Elementary and Woodbrook Elementary, Charlottesville, VA
  • Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School, Richmond, VA
  • Middle River Jail, Staunton, VA
  • People Places, Staunton, VA
  • Rockbridge County Community Services Board, Lexington, VA
  • Shenandoah Valley Department of Social Services, Adoption and Child Protective Services Ongoing/Foster Care Prevention, Verona, VA
  • United Way, Fishersville, VA
  • Legacy-Hospice, Fishersville, VA
  • New Beginnings Counseling Center, Roanoke, VA
  • Valley Children’s Advocacy Center, Staunton, VA
  • Waynesboro Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Waynesboro, VA

2013 Field Work Placements

  • Augusta Regional Free Clinic, Fishersville, VA
  • Albemarle County Department of Social Services, Family Support Services: Agnor-Hurt Elementary and Woodbrook Elementary, Charlottesville, VA
  • Harrisonburg/Rockingham Department of Social Services; Foster Care Unit, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Fairfield Center, Harrisonburg, VA
  • People Places, Staunton, VA
  • Shenandoah Valley Department of Social Services, Child Protective Services and Child Protective Services Ongoing/Foster Care Prevention, Verona, VA
  • United Way, Fishersville, VA
  • Dixon Educational Center, Staunton, VA
  • Legacy-Hospice, Fishersville, VA
  • Western State Hospital, Forensic Intake, Staunton, VA
  • Rescue Mission, Roanoke, VA
  • Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents, Staunton, VA
  • Organization for Youth Empowerment, El Progreso, Honduras.

2012 Field Work Placements

  • Kings Daughters Community Health and Rehabilitation /Staunton, VA
  • People Places, Inc./Valley Office/Staunton, Virginia
  • Albemarle County Department of Social Services/Family Support Services/Brownsville Elementary and Red Hill Elementary/Albemarle County
  • FRIENDS Association for Children/Richmond, VA
  • Hanover Department of Social Services/Ashland, VA
  • Portsmouth Department of Social Services/Portsmouth, VA
  • Legacy Hospice of the Piedmont/Danville, VA
  • Community Attention Home/Charlottesville, VA
  • Region Ten/Blue Ridge House/Charlottesville, VA
  • Spotsylvania Medical Center/Fredericksburg, VA
  • Mary Washington Hospital/Fredericksburg, VA
  • Shenandoah Valley Social Services/Adult Services & Adult Protective Services/Waynesboro, VA
  • Shenandoah Valley Social Services/Child Protective Services/Verona, VA
  • Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health/Williamsburg, VA
  • Organization for Youth Empowerment, El Progreso, Honduras

2010 Social Work Field Placements

2009 Social Work Field Placements

  • Abraxis House Department of Juvenile Justice (serving 16-20 year old males)
  • Albemarle County Social Services/ APS Charlottesville
  • Roanoke City Department of Social Services/ APS and Child Care Subsidy Unit
  • Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents (mental health crisis intervention for children)
  • Boys and Girls Club Waynesboro
  • Montgomery County Department of Social Services/APS
  • Western State Hospital (mental health hospital)
  • Richmond Organization of Sexual Minority Youth
  • Social Services Hanover County/ CPS

Community agencies and social work professionals are very supportive to Mary Baldwin University students. Below is a list of additional agencies willing to provide professionally supervised internships in the neighboring communities:

  • Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center
  • Alzheimer’s Association Shenandoah
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Augusta Free Clinic
  • Augusta Home Health Center
  • Blue Ridge Legal Services
  • Center for Marriage & Family Counseling
  • Central Shenandoah Office on Youth
  • Community Mediation Center
  • Department for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  • Department for the Visually Handicapped
  • Department of Social Services- Highland
  • Department of Social Services- Waynesboro
  • Family Life Resource Center
  • Family Resource and Referral Center
  • Highland Medical Center
  • Hospice of the Shenandoah
  • Mental Health Association
  • Mental Health Association of Augusta County
  • Parent Education Advocacy Program
  • People Places
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Pregnancy Help Center
  • Social Security Administration
  • United Cerebral Palsy Association
  • United Way Office
  • VA School for Deaf & Blind
  • Valley Community Services Board
  • Valley Association for Independent Living
  • Valley Program for the Aging Services
  • Virginians Against Domestic Violence
  • Virginia Center for Family Relations
  • We Care Alliance for the Mentally Ill
  • Western State Hospital
  • WIC- Women, Infants & Children
  • Women’s Resource Center
  • Woodrow Wilson Rehab. Center

Social Work Advisory Members

Anna Van Hoy, LCSW, private practice

Barb Shue, MSW, retired, Director of Social Work at Commonwealth Center for Children and Families

Rebecca Simmons, MSW, Executive Director, Valley Children’s Center

Pat Higgins, MSW, Director of Social Work at Western State Hospital

Phi Alpha Honor Society

The Phi Alpha Honor Society provides a closer bond among students of social work and promotes humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. Phi Alpha’s slogan that embraces their purpose is “Through Knowledge-the Challenge to Serve.”

The concept of a national social work honor society came from a group of undergraduate social work students at Michigan Sate University in 1960. Investigation revealed that local chapters existed at three schools. Those three schools along with a few other schools formed a National Honor society Committee in November 1960. For more than a year this committee worked on the constitution and other administrative matters. The name Phi Alpha and the key were adopted from the local chapter which existed at Florida State University. The constitution and formal organization were completed in 1962, and six chapters quailed to become” charter chapters.” They were Florida State, Michigan State University, Ohio Northern University, Central State College, University of Dayton and the University of Tennessee. Over 110 chapters are now in existence, and the addition of new chapters is continuing. The Mary Baldwin University Sigma Phi Chapter was added in April 2011.

Phi Alpha holds an annual induction ceremony in Miller Chapel each spring.

Membership Requirements:
An undergraduate student is eligible for active membership after achieving the following National minimum requirements and meeting local Chapter requirements:
a. Declared social work as a major.
b. Achieved sophomore status.
c. Completed 8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of required social work courses.
d. Achieved an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
e. Achieved a 3.25 grade point average in required social work courses.
f. Local chapter may establish higher eligibility requirements.

Social Work Club

Social Work Club

The Social Work Club is a student organization recognized by the Mary Baldwin University Senate. The club was established in 2002 and chartered in 2011 by an enthusiastic group of sociology and social work students who wished to formalize the community service efforts and social activities of their peers and professors.

The club is open to all students, faculty, and staff with interests in service to the campus and community. Club members meet monthly to socialize, plan, and engage, and are involved with three to four service activities and fundraisers each semester.

Club events and community service include:

  • Participation and organization of the annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
  • Halloween celebration for children in the Staunton Community
  • Thanksgiving dinner at a Staunton’s homeless shelter
  • Apple Day fundraising
  • Help at the Staunton Senior Center
  • Speakers from the Social Work Profession
  • Easter Egg Hunt for Staunton families

Mission

The main purposes of the Social Work Club are to provide for the enrichment of our community; to motivate students to become involved in their campus environments, as well as the surrounding community through social work-based service; to provide specific peer mentoring opportunities in the practice of Social Work, to provide opportunities for those interested in Social Work to gain tactile information regarding future Graduate studies and occupational opportunities; to bring lecturers and informational events to the campus with a social work influence; and to promote good fellowship and high scholarship.

Events

The club plans and holds a Halloween Party for the children in the Staunton Community. The party is open to any child who wishes to attend and meet other children and socialize. This party is a way for parents and children to meet students from Mary Baldwin University as well as an opportunity for Mary Baldwin student to interact with those in Staunton. The party has included face painting, art & crafts, snacks, movies, and many other activities.

Social Work Club helps organizes and participates as part of the annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. It includes activities such as preparing and serving Thanksgiving Dinner at the local Homeless Shelter.

During the Spring Semester the Club organizes and plans and organizes an Easter Egg Hunt for all the Children in the Staunton Community. While the egg hunt is the main activity the club has many other activities to make the day memorable for the children and their families. There is an egg race, coloring eggs, arts & crafts, and even a visit from the school mascot, Gladys.

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