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Field Practicum

Field Practicum HandbookThe field practicum is a distinguishing feature of social work education which plays a critical role in meeting the objectives of the School:  To prepare students for the responsible practice of social work.

Through field instruction, students deepen their understanding of human behavior and develop skills in applying social work methods to diverse populations and problems.  The field experience provides "on-the-job" supervised experience and, in many cases, an opportunity to move into an appropriate entry-level position upon internship completion.

Undergraduate students are placed in field (SOCW 441 and SOCW 442) during the last semester of the Social Work Program upon completion of all core Social Work course work and other requirements. They must successfully complete a total of 420 clock hours in the social work field placement (30 hours per week). The Undergraduate Field Coordinator works closely with students to secure field placements in a wide range of career fields and to match the practicum to the career goals of the student.

Recent placements include: 

  • Adolescent Health Center, Carbondale, IL
  • Adoption Preservation, Herrin, IL
  • Amy Schultz Child Advocacy Center, Mt. Vernon, IL
  • Brehm Preparatory School, Carbondale, IL
  • Carbondale Police Department, Carbondale, IL
  • Charter Hospital, Paducah, KY
  • Chester Mental Hospital, Chester, IL
  • Department of Children and Family Services, E. St. Louis, IL
  • Franklin-Williamson Human Services, Marion, IL
  • Hospice of Southern Illinios, Bellevue, IL
  • Huddleson Baptist Children's Home, Centralia, IL
  • Jackson County Health Department, Murphysboro, IL
  • Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, Murphysboro, IL
  • Psychiatric Institute of Southeastern Illinois, Harrisburg, IL
  • Randolph County Nursing Home, Sparta, IL
  • Ronald McDonald House, Springfield, IL
  • Shawnee Alliance for Seniors, Carterville, IL
  • Shawnee Crisis Pregnancy Center, Carbondale, IL
  • SIUC Head Start, Carbondale, IL
  • Southern Illinios Coalition for the Homeless, Harrisburg, IL
  • St. Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau, MO
  • U.S. Prison, Marion, IL
  • Union County Counseling Service, Anna, IL
  • Wabash/Ohio Valley Special Education, Norris City, IL
  • Williamson County Family Crisis Center, Herrin, IL
  • Williamson County Probation Department, Marion, IL
  • Women's Center, Carbondale, IL

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