The field placement program at Summit County Children Services (SCCS) is designed for both bachelor and master’s level social work students. The purpose of the field placement is to provide a planned, developmental approach to learning the job of a child welfare case worker and to meet the contractual needs of the student.
Why choose a Child Welfare field placement? Social Workers in the child welfare system have made a commitment to protect children and preserve families. A field placement in child welfare will not only provide a student with exposure to working with children and families, but will expose students to all areas of social work practice including Mental Health, Substance Abuse, School, Hospital / Medical issues, Developmental Disabilities, and Juvenile Justice.
The Field Placement Program is designed to address the creation and advancement of “Professional Intellect” by combining emphasis on the advancement of:
• Cognitive knowledge—basic mastery of classroom and field knowledge that leads to a professional degree and licensure.
• Skill-set formation—application of best practice casework to address real world problems.
• System understanding—addressing cause and effect relationship within client, agency, community and professional systems.
• Creativity—development of self, motivation, image and style to succeed within the professional arena.
Examples of skill development activities:
• Agency/Community Orientation
• Interactive supervision to integrate ‘learning” and “doing” opportunities
• Incorporation of learning style into work task performance
• Varied case assignments and presentation opportunities
• Planful caseload development and case management with a systems perspective
• Mentoring & coaching opportunities
• Team building experience
• Project Development Assignments