Virginia Commonwealth University

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Partnering with many community agencies, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work coordinates a field instruction program for students enrolled in the B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs. These practical experiences provide opportunities for students to test particular concepts and principles of practice against the realities and demands of actual professional practice.

Through field instruction, students deepen their understanding of human behavior, develop and hone their skills in the use of social work methods, apply and use policy to guide interventions, develop habits of scientific thought and action, and engage in a reflective learning process which enhances self-awareness.

Placements are assigned by the director of field instruction using specific information about the students’ prior experience and special circumstances.