Field instruction is an integral part of the social work curriculum in the BSW program a Lewis-Clark State College. The courses of instruction which students receive in this area are essential to the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary for the competent practice of social work. In field instruction, students are provided an opportunity for practical experience working directly with people needing social work assistance with problems of daily living. Moreover, in the field sequence, the didactic instruction received in the classroom is enlivened, enriched, and enhanced through the experience of applying theories, concepts, and principles to practice.
The ideal placement affords the student opportunity to interact professionally with individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities. In conjunction with the field experience, the student attends a field seminar for structured activities which are focused on the integration of theory, coursework, and practice. Students thus learn to integrate the theory and knowledge learned in class with hands-on experience for responsible problem-solving of social welfare needs.