Social Work Field Education

Field instruction is an integral part of the social work curriculum in the BSW program at Lewis-Clark State College. The courses of instruction which students receive in this area are essential to the acquisition of knowledge, values, and skills necessary for the competent practice of social work according to the Council on Social Work Education's core competencies. The address is: CSWE website:

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 opportunities 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.

Careers & Licensing

Career opportunities include but are not limited to positions with nursing homes, hospitals, home care agencies, substance abuse programs, mental health services, public health agencies, domestic violence programs, public welfare agencies, child protection, developmental disabilities, schools correctional facilities, policy making organizations and aging services.