EDUCATING MINDS, EMPOWERING CHANGE

Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work

Practicum Tasks and Responsibilities

MSSW Practicum Tasks and Responsibilities

(Applies to both Fall and Spring semesters)

Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

 

Activity

Student Responsibility

Agency Practicum Supervisor Responsibility

(MSW qualified official practicum supervisor)

Task Supervisor Responsibility

(Non-MSW on-site supervisor; assistant to official practicum supervisor)

Practicum Faculty Responsibility

1. MSSW Field Education Handbook

1.Students read Handbook thoroughly and sign Signature/Confirmation Sheet;

submit to Martha Fuller, Director of Field Education by September 7th

1. Review Handbook online; especially study the section on Policies and Resources; print the Practicum Calendar for future reference of due dates/deadlines; may also print the Policy and Resource section of the Handbook for easy reference

1. Review Handbook online, especially study the section on Policies and Resources; print the Practicum Calendar for future reference of due dates/deadlines

1.Be thoroughly familiar with the Handbook, especially the section on Policies and Resources; follow due dates/deadlines in Practicum Calendar

2. Practicum Web Pages and Blackboard Course Documents

2. Students will thoroughly review and become very familiar with the various practicum forms and documents in Blackboard within the Course Documents

2. Supervisors will review and become familiar with the resources on the practicum web site, especially the forms for the Mid-Term and Final Evaluations, along with the Action Plan/Action Plan Follow-Up

2. Review the practicum web site and contribute information as needed to the practicum supervisor.

2. Be thoroughly familiar with all the practicum forms and documents,  and able to answer questions about the various written materials as included in Blackboard for students and on the web for supervisors

3. MSSW Practicum Syllabi

SW 670/671 and SW 672/673

3. Students ensure supervisor has current copy of practicum syllabus, and practice syllabus for both Fall and Spring semesters; also advanced research syllabus (if applicable)

 

3. Obtain copy of practicum and practice syllabi for each semester ; and advanced research syllabi (if applicable); review for assignments and contact info of faculty for  each course; discuss and plan assignments with task supervisor (if applicable)

3. Obtain copy of practicum and practice syllabi for each semester;  and research syllabi (if applicable);  review for assignments; discuss and plan assignments with practicum supervisor; address concerns with practicum supervisor

3. Post syllabi on Blackboard for students;provide copy to practicum supervisor and task supervisor (if applicable)

 


Activity

Student Responsibility

Agency Practicum Supervisor Responsibility

(MSW qualified official practicum supervisor)

Task Supervisor Responsibility

(Non-MSW on-site supervisor; assistant to official practicum supervisor)

Practicum Faculty Responsibility

4.MSSW

Foundation Practice

SW 604/605

and

Advanced Practice

SW 640/677

4. Provide practicum supervisor and practicum faculty with copy of syllabi for SW 604/605 or SW 640/677; review syllabi for assignments that draw from the practicum experiences; explore with practicum supervisor any issues related to completing these assignments.

4. Review practice syllabi and pay particular attention to the assignments that draw on the student’s experiences in practicum; discuss any concerns about these assignments with student; may contact the practicum faculty to discuss.

4. Review practice syllabi and pay particular attention to the assignments that draw on the student’s experiences in practicum; discuss any concerns about these assignments with the practicum supervisor.

4. Encourage/assist supervisor in obtaining copies of practice, and research syllabi; review practice syllabi and clarify with student, practicum supervisor, and task supervisor any concerns; may consult with practice faculty as needed.

5. MSSW Advanced Research

SW 668/669

5. Provide practicum supervisor and practicum faculty with copy of syllabi for SW 668/669; explore and select evidence based research project as related to placement site with practicum supervisor; obtain practicum supervisor’s approval of topic and any other agency staff approval as needed; clarify with practicum supervisor and practicum faculty on time allowed in practicum for research project (if any), usually 15 hours total across the Fall semester and 10 hours total across the Spring semester.

5. Review research syllabi; provide ideas for student’s research project that will benefit the agency and simultaneously be of interest to the student; facilitate access to personnel and information throughout the year as needed for student to complete research project assignments; clarify with practicum faculty on time allowed in practicum for research project (if any) usually 15 hours total across the Fall semester and 10 hours total across the Spring semester; monitor time documented on Monthly Activity Report and consult with practicum faculty as needed.

5. Review research syllabi ; assist practicum supervisor on student’s research activities; support the decision of the practicum supervisor and practicum faculty on time allowance for research activities in practicum

5. Review research syllabi; clarify with student, practicum supervisor, task supervisor on time allowed for research activities toward practicum, usually 15 hours during the Fall semester and 10 hours during the Spring semester; monitor time documented on Monthly Activity Report and consult with practicum supervisor as needed; may consult with research faculty as needed

 


Activity

Student Responsibility

Agency Practicum Supervisor Responsibility

(MSW qualified official practicum supervisor)

Task Supervisor Responsibility

(Non-MSW on-site supervisor; assistant to official practicum supervisor)

Practicum Faculty Responsibility

6. Weekly Supervision

6.Students prepare a written agenda and provide a copy to supervisor at start of each weekly supervision; keep notes of supervision discussions/decisions; may utilize agenda models provided online; inquire of supervisor which one is preferred

6. Encourage students to bring written agenda to each weekly supervision; may utilize an agenda model from practicum web page or create your own version; maintain regular supervision time weekly; retain dates and notes from each supervision meeting; obtain feedback from task supervisor (if applicable)

6.Provide weekly feedback to practicum supervisor on student’s performance to date, and/or actively participate in weekly supervision with practicum supervisor and student

6.Promote use of written agenda to students and agency supervisors; may provide models of agendas as examples

7. Monthly Activity Reports

7. Students complete, sign, submit to supervisor for signature; retain copy for self and submit to practicum faculty by 7th of each month, or forward to practicum faculty as requested, utilizing online form

7. Review for accuracy of time claimed and content; review for awareness of student’s growth; sign indicating approval; consult with practicum faculty if notice problems with student’s performance; return to students prior to 7th of each month, or forward to practicum faculty as requested

 

 

7. May review and sign along with the MSW practicum supervisor to indicate approval of accuracy of content; discuss any concerns with student and practicum supervisor; return to student/practicum supervisor prior to 7th of each month

7. Review and provide comments/feedback to students; consult with supervisor as needed for time claimed in weekly supervision and/or time spent in other categories; sign and retain until the end of semester

 

 


 

Activity

Student Responsibility

Agency Practicum Supervisor Responsibility

(MSW qualified official practicum supervisor)

Task Supervisor Responsibility

(Non-MSW on-site supervisor; assistant to official practicum supervisor)

Practicum Faculty Responsibility

8. Competency Learning Tasks

8. Students prepare a draft of competency learning tasks for each semester utilizing Final Evaluation form, following guidelines in the syllabus for this document; discuss with supervisor and obtain supervisor’s signature; students submit draft to practicum faculty no later than 4th week of Fall semester and no later than 2nd week of Spring semester; final versions must be approved no later than mid-term for Fall semester and no later than third week  for Spring semester; sign final version (may sign online if allowed by practicum faculty); retain copy for self and review during weekly supervisory conferences

8.Review drafts with students and offer suggestions that will challenge student’s professional development; ensure tasks are written for skill development (knowledge and values will be automatically incorporated with skill-based tasks); ensure learning tasks correlate to the final evaluation competencies; may consult with practicum faculty; sign to show full support (may sign online if allowed by practicum faculty); retain copy for review during weekly supervisory conferences

8. Follow instructions of practicum supervisor in assignments that support the student’s learning tasks

8.Review draft and offer suggestions to challenge student’s growth; may consult with supervisor; may request rewrite; ensure student’s learning tasks are finalized no later than mid-semester for Fall and no later than third week of the semester for Spring; sign to show final approval; retain final copy until the end of the semester

 


 

Activity

Student Responsibility

Agency Practicum Supervisor Responsibility

(MSW qualified official practicum supervisor)

Task Supervisor Responsibility

(Non-MSW on-site supervisor; assistant to official practicum supervisor)

Practicum Faculty Responsibility

9. Mid-Term Evaluation

9. Students complete self-assessment utilizing online evaluation form and provide copy to practicum supervisor; discuss with practicum supervisor prior to mid-term conference with practicum faculty; give copy with original signatures to practicum faculty at time of conference; if performance is marginal, then participate in development of Corrective Action Plan with practicum supervisor and practicum faculty; retain copy of Plan for self; retain copy of Mid-Term Evaluation for self

9.Complete assessment of student utilizing online form and discuss/compare  with student’s own self-assessment prior to conference with faculty; determine final assessment comments and sign supervisor’s copy; obtain student’s signature; retain copy for self; give copy with original signatures to practicum faculty at time of conference; if performance is marginal, then complete a Corrective Action Plan utilizing the online form; involve student and practicum faculty in all Action Plan conferences

9.Provide feedback to practicum supervisor, and/or actively participate in evaluation session with student, practicum supervisor, and practicum faculty; help practicum supervisor to implement Action Plan (if needed)

9.Participate in conference with student and supervisor; add own written comments and observations to evaluation form; ensure total hours to date are documented; ensure all signatures are documented and dated; participate in Action Plan and Follow-Up, if performance is marginal;  sign and retain final copy until end of semester

 


 

Activity

Student Responsibility

Practicum Supervisor Responsibility

(MSW qualified official practicum supervisor)

Task Supervisor Responsibility

(Non-MSW onsite supervisor; assistant to official practicum supervisor)

Practicum Faculty Responsibility

10. Corrective Action Plan/Action Plan Follow-Up

10. Students participate in development of Corrective Action Plan and Corrective Action Plan Follow-Up, as needed; retain copy for self

10. Whenever a Corrective  Action Plan is needed, utilize the online form along with the Corrective Action Plan Follow-Up; include the practicum faculty in such conferences with student; sign; retain copy for self

10.Provide feedback to practicum supervisor, and/or actively participate in Corrective Action Plan and Action Plan Follow-Up

10.Participate in development of Corrective Action Plan and Corrective Action Plan Follow-Up; sign; retain copy

11. Final Evaluation

11. Students complete self-assessment utilizing online form and provide copy to supervisor and discuss prior to final conference with practicum faculty; retain copy of final version of evaluation for self; participate in Corrective Action Plan (if needed); if Corrective Action plan is utilized then the final evaluation is postponed until completion of Corrective Action Plan

11. Complete assessment of student utilizing online form and discuss/compare with student’s own self-assessment prior to final conference with practicum faculty; determine final assessment comments; develop Corrective Action Plan (if needed); if Corrective Action plan is utilized then the final evaluation is postponed until completion of Action Plan; sign supervisor’s copy; obtain student’s signature; retain copy for self; give copy with original signatures to practicum faculty at time of final conference

11. Provide feedback to practicum supervisor, and/or actively participate in evaluation session with student, practicum supervisor and practicum faculty; help practicum supervisor to develop Corrective Action Plan (if needed); may also sign Evaluation Form along with the practicum supervisor

11. Participate in evaluation conference with student and supervisor; add own written comments and observations to evaluation form; participate in Corrective Action Plan as needed; sign and retain final copy; ensure total hours to date are documented; ensure all signatures are documented and dated; submit all practicum materials to the Field Director by due date at end of the semester

 


 

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Student Print and Sign Name                                                                                                                                          Date


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Practicum Supervisor Print and Sign Name                                                                                                                       Date


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Task Supervisor Print and Sign Name                                                                                                                               Date


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Practicum Faculty Print and Sign Name                                                                                                                            Date


07/2012