The field practicum sequence is regarded as an extremely important component of you professional development and is governed by the objectives of the BSW and MSW program mission statements, the foundation curriculum, and the two advanced curriculum concentrations: direct practice and management and community practice.
The field practicum sequence provides you with a unique opportunity to realize the goals and objectives of the program through concrete, practical, and community-based interactions with clients and practicing professionals. In the field practicum, you are supervised, monitored, and directed by agency field instructors and School of Social Work faculty.
The field practicum experience allows you to apply to practice the academic knowledge and skills acquired from all areas of the curriculum where diversity, social justice, and attention to the needs of at-risk populations are emphasized. The filed practicum sequence builds upon the generalist foundation, integrating systems theory, the problem-solving process, a strengths perspective, and social work values and ethics.
The field practicum provides an opportunity for you to practice your skills evolving from generalist to more advanced techniques and to apply your theoretical knowledge in settings where human conditions must be respected and enhanced. In essence, the field practicum sequences prepares you for social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, particularly those encountered within the complex and dynamic urban environment of Southern Nevada.