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Field Practicum

Image of SIU social work field practicumThe field practicum is a distinguishing feature of social work education which plays a critical role in meeting the objectives of the program: 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 coursework 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: 

  • 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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