Students will undertake two placements as part of the social work degree, completing 1000 hours of practicum inclusive of seminar attendance and not inclusive of lunch breaks or travel time. They will focus on the development of social work practice skills, in a range of agency contexts.
The purpose of the Social Work Field Placement/Practicum Integrative Seminars is to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills, to test out the propositions gained from other units and to incorporate new knowledge drawn from their field placement experience in agency, organisational and community settings.
The purpose of the Social Work Field Placement/Practicum which is a minimum of 500 hours in duration, is to build on and support the objectives and outcomes of the whole curriculum. Students are expected to undertake tasks and activities during placement that will allow them to meet the AASW Practice Standards for Graduate Social Workers by the end of the final placement. Each placement provides opportunities for students to develop theory and practice skills across the main areas of social work practice including direct practice, service management, community development, organisational development and system change, policy, research and education and professional development. The mix of opportunities will vary depending on the context of placement and should be negotiated thoroughly.
Students are to have completed theoretical and practice based units which prepare them for the demands of field experience. The pre-requisite units are listed below for each year level of the BSW and MSW program.
The pre-requisite units for SWTP310 are:
SWTP308 Introduction to Social Work
SWTP309 Theoretical Frameworks for Social Work Practice
SWTP312 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Groups
The pre-requisite units for SWTP403 are:
SWTP310 Social Work Field Placement 1
SWTP313 Social Work Research
SWTP401 Social Work Practice with Communities
The pre-requisite units for SWTP625 are:
SWTP620 Social Work Theory and Ethics
SWTP621 Context for Social Work
SWTP622 Social Work with Individuals
SWTP623 Legal Systems and Mental Health
The pre-requisite units for SWTP631 are:
SWTP625 Fieldwork Practicum 1
SWTP628 Social Work and Policy
SWTP627 Social Work with Communities
Field preparation seminars are provided to students prior to the commencement of practicum covering a range of topics including interview reparation, learning styles and logistics of practicum.
Integration seminars of 2 hours duration are held fortnightly throughout Semester 2 to support student learning and critical reflection. These hours are counted as placement hours which is consistent with AASW policy. Each two hour seminar is considered separately and cannot be accrued to count as a full day.