Practicum Information

The Social Work Practicum is the culmination of social work education. During the practicum experience, broad understanding, specialized skills, analytical judgments and life experiences transform students into competent social work practitioners. The purpose of practicum education is to provide students with on-going opportunities to learn and apply theoretical knowledge and practice through the use of social work methods and skills, aid integration of learning in class and in practice, develop appropriate professional uses of self, and further identification with the social work profession.

Practicum Calendar

Practicum Handbooks

Prospective Practicum Sites and Supervisors

Information

    Student Information

    Field application information and forms are located in the BSW Field Education Blackboard Site and the MSSW Admissions, Orientation and Advising Site.

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    New students to Kent School should select the "New Admissions Students" tab, then select "Admissions-Click Here," then "Preparing for Practicum."

    Current students should select the "Important Information" tab, then select "Preparing for Practicum."  

     

    Supervisor Information

    The Field Educator Journal is free and available to all; published twice annually, fall and spring: http://fieldeducator.simmons.edu

    Practicum Faculty

    Rebecka Bloomer

    Adjunct Instructor I, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    MSSW, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    Interests: youth, diverse communities, gender issues

    EMAIL Rebecka Bloomer


    Jennifer Bobo

    Adjunct Instructor I, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    MSSW, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    Interests: mental health; child abuse, neglect and dependency; trauma informed practices; children and families; and the child welfare population

    EMAIL Jennifer Bobo


    Barbara Carter

    Adjunct Instructor I, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    MSSW, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville; BS University of Louisville

    Interests: child welfare, administration

    EMAIL Barbra Carter


    Sheila Cundiff

    Adjunct Instructor 1, Field Practicum Faculty, Coordinates the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Specialization and teaches in the Military Social Work Specialization and the BSW program

    MSW, Spalding University; BSSW, Spalding University

    Interests: clinical social work and chemical dependency

    EMAIL Sheila Cundiff


    Carl Enoch

    Adjunct Instructor III, Teaches Practice & Policy in the BSW Program, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    MSSW, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville;  M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; BS Murray State University

    Interests: social work with persons with disability and research

    EMAIL Carl Enoch


    Robin George

    Adjunct Instructor I, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    MSSW, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville; BS, University of Louisville.

    Interests:child welfare and the foster care system; adoptions and child protection.

    EMAIL Robin George


    Dr. Seana Golder

    Associate Professor. Teaches in Foundation Practice and HBSE.

    B.A., University of Maryland; M.S.W., Louisiana State University; Ph.D., University of Washington

    Interests: women’s engagement in high risk behaviors (e.g., substance use; risky sexual behavior); victimization; criminal justice populations

    EMAIL Seana Golder


    Dr. Lesley Harris

    Assistant Professor, Head of the Gerontology Specialization. Teaches Advanced Qualitative Research in the Doctoral Program and the Practicum Seminar for the Gerontology Specialization M.S.S.W. students.

    B.S., Purdue University; M.S.W., University of Illinois at Chicago; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

    Interests: international social work; intergenerational caregiving; gerontology; HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment

    EMAIL Lesley Harris


    Jenny Heineken Johnson

    Adjunct Instructor I, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    MSW,  University of Missouri

    Interests: gerontology, social justice, and international policy and social work.

    EMAIL Jenny Johnson


    Dr. Judy Heitzman

    Adjunct Associate Professor, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    PhD, MSSW Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, BS Counseling & Guidance, University of Louisville

    Interests: psychotherapy, mood disorders, domestic violence perpetrators, violence recovery

    EMAIL Judy Heitzman


    Tony Helm

    Adjunct Instructor I, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    MSSW, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville; BS Western Kentucky University

    Interests: child welfare, improving the child welfare system, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender issues.

    EMAIL Tony Helm


    Ramie Martin-Galijatovic

    Adjunct Instructor I, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    MSSW, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    Interest: child welfare

    EMAIL Ramie Martin-Galijatovic


    Deborah McMurray

    Adjunct Instructor II, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    MSW, Saint Louis University; BA Illinois State University

    Interests: working with children and adolescents in an educational setting

    EMAIL Deborah McMurray


    Larry Michalczyk

    Adjunct Instructor, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    MSSW, University of Louisville; BA Loyola University

    Interests: community child protection, foster care systems reform, management consulting, youth development and racial disproportionality

    EMAIL Larry Michalczyk


    Dr. Heehyul Moon

    Assistant Professor, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    PhD, Case Western Reserve University

    Research Interests: enhancing quality of life of vulnerable and underserved elderly and their families through interdisciplinary and translational research.

    Email Dr. Moon


    Phyllis Parker

    Adjunct Instructor III, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    MSSW, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville; BS, University of Louisville

    Interests: mental health.

    EMAIL Phyllis Parker


    Melissa Paris

    Adjunct Instructor, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    EMAIL Melissa Paris


    Dr. Andy Patterson

    Adjunct Associate Professor, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    PhD, University of Louisville; MSW, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; BS, Jacksonville State University

    Interests: homelessness and poverty issues, nonprofit management, program evaluation, housing

    EMAIL Andy Patterson


    Sharon Sanders

    Adjunct Instructor, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    MSSW, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville; MA, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; BME, Samford University

    Interests: children & families, social work & the law

    EMAIL Sharon Sanders


    Becky Smith

    Adjunct Instructor III, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    MSSW, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville; BA, University of Louisville

    Interests:services for the elderly, elder abuse prevention, adult guardianship services.

    EMAIL Becky Smith


    Lisa Smith

    Adjunct Instructor I, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    ABD, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    Interests:

    EMAIL Lisa Smith


    Kimberly Williams

    Adjunct Instructor Level I, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    MSSW, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

    Interests: oncology

    EMAIL Kimberly Williams


    Steve Williams

    Adjunct Instructor I, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville; Grant Writer, Home of the Innocents, Louisville, KY

    MSW, Carver School of Social Work; BA University of Louisville

    Interests: services to children, youth & homeless, fund raising.

    EMAIL Steve Williams