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Field Instruction

In each year of study, in addition to classroom work, students are required to take field practicum. Applied learning through field practice is an integral component of social work education. Field instruction provides the student with the opportunity for applying social work theory and conceptual learning to realistic and practical situations. Students may not substitute current or past, paid or volunteer, social work experience for field practicum requirements of the M.S.W. program. While Social Work takes into account the student's career goals in the selection of the field practicum assignment, we do not guarantee that students will receive their first preference of field assignment.

First year Foundation Graduate students complete Field Practicum through SOCW 541B (Fall) & 542B (Spring), completing a total of 360 hours in field education. Second year and Advanced Standing Graduate students complete Field Practicum through SOCW 543B (Fall) & 544B (Spring), completing a total of 607 hours in field education.

Recent placements include: 

  • Attucks Community Services Board, Carbondale, IL
  • Baptist Children’s Home & Family Services, Mt. Vernon, IL
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Southwestern Illinois, Belleville, IL
  • Brehm Preparatory School, Carbondale, IL
  • Carbondale Elementary School Dist. #95, Carbondale, IL
  • Carbondale Police Department, Carbondale, IL
  • Caring Counseling Ministries, Marion, IL
  • Caritas Family Solutions, various Southern Illinois locations
  • Centerstone of Illinois, Inc., Carbondale, Marion, & West Frankfort, IL offices
  • Chester Mental Health Center, Chester, IL
  • Children’s Home and Aid, various Southern Illinois locations
  • Community Health & Emergency Services, Inc. (CHESI), various Southern IL locations
  • Department of Children and Family Services, various Southern Illinois locations
  • Family Counseling Center, Inc., Golconda & Vienna, IL
  • Five Star Industries, DuQuoin, IL
  • Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center, Herrin, IL
  • Gateway Foundation, Carbondale, IL
  • Hospice of Southern Illinois, Belleville, IL
  • J.R.’s Centre, Inc., Anna/Jonesboro, IL
  • Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, Murphysboro, IL
  • Lighthouse Shelter, Marion, IL
  • Lutheran Child & Family Services of Illinois, Mt. Vernon & Sparta, IL
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Marion, IL
  • Mentor 4 Kids, Harrisburg, IL
  • Mulberry Center, Harrisburg, IL
  • Murphysboro Community Unit School district #186, Murphysboro, IL
  • Night’s Shield Children’s Shelter, West Frankfort, IL
  • Paul Simon Institute, SIU Carbondale
  • Perry County Counseling, DuQuoin, IL
  • Perry/Jackson Child Advocacy Center, Pinckneyville, IL
  • River to River Residential Communities, various Southern Illinois locations
  • Shawnee Alliance for Seniors, Carterville, IL
  • Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless, Harrisburg, IL
  • Supporting People In Need (SPIN), Murphysboro, IL
  • This Able Veteran, Carbondale, IL
  • Union County Counseling Service, Anna, IL
  • Williamson County Education Services, Marion, IL
  • Women's Center, Carbondale, IL

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