Field Liaison Resource Manual

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Field Liaison Resource Manual

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Given the importance of field education, and the role of Field Liaisons, it is crucial that faculty serving in this capacity are properly trained. The Wisconsin Consortium of Social Work Field Educators worked collaboratively in 2014-2015 to develop a resource manual for Field Liaisons, which can be easily adopted across Social Work Field Programs.  The manual is available for download for a nominal fee of $10.00.  Wisconsin Social Work Programs and Field Agencies can download the manual for free with a coupon code provided by their University Field Coordinator.

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Table of Contents
Forward ........................................................................................................................................... 4
Chapter 1: Introduction ................................................................................................................... 7
Introduction to Manual ................................................................................................................ 7
Chapter 2: Social Work Field Education: Past and Present ............................................................ 8
Historical Perspective .................................................................................................................. 8
Field Liaison in Context of Social Work Education ................................................................. 10
Current Issues Impacting the Role of the Field Liaison ............................................................ 11
Chapter 3: CSWE Standards for Field Education ......................................................................... 13
Field as Signature Pedagogy of Social Work Education........................................................... 16
Chapter 4: Differing Roles and Responsibilities .......................................................................... 17
Field Director ............................................................................................................................ 17
Agency ...................................................................................................................................... 18
Field Liaison .............................................................................................................................. 19
Community Representation ................................................................................................... 20
Field Instructor .......................................................................................................................... 22
Task Supervisor ......................................................................................................................... 23
Student ....................................................................................................................................... 23
Chapter 5: Workload Considerations ............................................................................................ 23
Field Liaisons ............................................................................................................................ 25
Field Liaison Role in Student/Agency Matching Process ......................................................... 25
Field Liaison Role in Agency Recruitment Process.................................................................. 27
Chapter 6: Mitigating and Managing Challenges ......................................................................... 27
Supporting Field Instructors ...................................................................................................... 28
Addressing Agency Challenges ................................................................................................ 29
Addressing Student Challenges ................................................................................................. 31
Supporting student self-care .................................................................................................. 31
Supporting students with mental health issues ...................................................................... 32
Supporting students to develop professional identity ............................................................ 34
Student Requests a New Field Practicum ................................................................................. 35
Expectations of Communication ............................................................................................... 36
Field Visits and Use of Technology .......................................................................................... 37
Field Oversight for International Field Placements .................................................................. 38
Chapter 7: Legal Implications ....................................................................................................... 39
Chapter 8: Ethics and Field Liaison .............................................................................................. 42
Common Ethical Considerations ............................................................................................... 42
Code of Ethics as Teaching Tool .............................................................................................. 42
Ethical Dilemmas Common to Field Liaison Role ................................................................... 43
Chapter 9: Structuring the Field Liaison Site Visit ....................................................................... 45
Facilitating Student Learning While in Field ............................................................................ 47
Development of a Learning Agreement .................................................................................... 48
Development of Tasks ........................................................................................................... 48
Field seminar as teaching tool ................................................................................................... 50
Cultural Competence ................................................................................................................. 50
Process recording and journal as teaching tool ......................................................................... 51
Chapter 10: Assessment and Evaluation Process.......................................................................... 52
Education of Field Instructor on Evaluation Process ................................................................ 52
Assessment and Evaluation Process of Students....................................................................... 55
Assessment and Evaluation of Placement Agency ................................................................... 56
Assessment and Evaluation of Field Liaison ............................................................................ 57
References ..................................................................................................................................... 58
Appendix A ................................................................................................................................... 61
Best Practice for Field Liaisons ................................................................................................ 61
Appendix B ................................................................................................................................... 65
Case Study: Students and Self Care ......................................................................................... 65
Appendix C ................................................................................................................................... 67
Case Study: Supporting Students with Mental Health Issues .................................................. 67
Appendix D ................................................................................................................................... 69
Case Study: Students and Professional Identity ....................................................................... 69