Dear Field Instructors,
Greetings, welcome, and thank you for partnering with Bemidji State University’s Social Work program on this critical aspect of social work education– the internship! This Field Education website has been designed with you in mind. It contains information on field instructor training as well as resources that will support you and your student throughout the internship.
As an applied discipline, social work education requires the opportunity for students to integrate theory into practice while at the same time instilling a commitment to ethical social work practice. These three interrelated components are frequently referred to as the heart, head, and mind of social work practice. The collaborative nature of the internship– between students, agency-based field instructors, and the field director– provides a critical link in integrating these facets of social work practice.
The 2015 Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) named field the signature pedagogy of social work education, acknowledging the central role that field education plays in undergraduate social work education. Bemidji State University’s social work students complete 540 hours in field settings throughout their undergraduate education, culminating in a block 480-hour internship.
We look forward to working with you and together providing a supportive learning environment for future social work professionals. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can support you in any manner.