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Info for Practicum Learning & Community Partners

Practicum Learning Agencies: Frequently Asked Questions

    • Agencies selected for practicum learning sites are drawn from a wide range of agencies and reflect the diverse settings where professional social workers are employed.  The School requires that agencies have a clear definition of the social work role, and that the function be supported in the agency so that students will be able to acquire and strengthen their identification as social workers. There must be appropriate assignments and a qualified MSW with available time to supervise a student, along with a commitment to teaching the core competencies and practice behaviors outlined in the learning contract and evaluation.
    • MSW Supervisor/Practicum Learning Instructor –Practicum Learning Instructors are required to have an MSW and two-years post graduate experience Practicum Learning Instructors will review and comment on students’ process recordings and are required to meet with students for 1 hour each week for supervision.  Practicum Learning Instructors may be involved with the student on a daily basis, or students may also work with a task supervisor. 
  • Each student is assigned a Practicum Learning Liaison, who interacts with the student and the agency.  The Practicum Learning Liaison will make at least one remote or in-person visit each semester to meet with the Practicum Learning Instructor and the Student. 

    • Regular contact will be provided between students, practicum learning instructors, and online program staff to ensure the practicum learning placement is proceeding well.
    • You will also receive access to our Practicum Learning Instructor newsletter and webinars related to supervision topics.
  • No, you do not need to be Seminar in Practicum Learning Instruction certified to begin the interview process.  We do highly recommend the certification and will offer it to you once your intern begins placement.

  • Interns can help with counseling sessions, completing intakes, case management, outreach, researching best-practices, creating curriculum, and more.

  • Yes

Resources

Continuing Education
Rutgers School of Social Work's Office of Continuing Education is one of the largest University-based programs of its kind in the nation and serves professionals in New Jersey, New York and beyond. CE offers over 400 programs each year, as well as 12 certificate programs all lead by expert instructors. 

 

Community Resources
As part of our mission, Rutgers School of Social Work provides resources for our global community of social work practitioners and allied professionals.  

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Community News

Agny Valle

When Sofia Lorraine Mico learned that she would be assigned to the Edison Public Library for her senior internship, she didn’t understand why a library would need a student majoring in social work.

Yet within a few weeks, the Rutgers senior found herself helping a woman who walked into the library looking for a homeless shelter. A deaf man living in a hotel asked where he could find an apartment that accepted federal housing vouchers. And a woman who is not a native English speaker couldn’t fill out an application for benefits.