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Field Education Resources

Field education is an integral part of social work education, where students begin to connect and integrate theory and practice. Field experiences reinforce student identification with the purposes, values, and ethics of the social work profession. Field education is implemented through field instruction at an agency-based site with a field supervisor in collaboration with the Department of Social Work field office. Cabrini’s BSW program is committed to developing placement opportunities that promote the achievement of professional competence in social work’s generalist foundation. 

BSW juniors:

  • Complete SOW 311 Preparation for Practice their spring semester, the semester prior to entering field. This class prepares students for their senior year, 400-hour field placement
  • Learn of the social work competencies that will guide their senior field experience and gain ample preparatory time to develop both the knowledge and skills for ethical social work practice
  • Professional development is also emphasized to cultivate students’ readiness for field 

BSW seniors:

  • Field experience is a full academic year
  • Senior BSW students will complete at least 400 hours in field (16 hours per week, over the 9-month academic year)
  • Field placements are generalist placements designed to provide students with opportunities to engage actively in professional tasks that complement, as well as reinforce, classroom learning

A Sample of Current & Past Placement Sites: 

St. Edmond's Home for Children 

ARC of Chester County 

Easter Seals 

Norristown Area School District 

Crossroads Hospice 

Bryn Mawr Terrace 

Recovery Centers of America 

Montgomery County Victim Services 

Upper Darby School District 

Orion Community Services 

Catholic Social Services 

The Academy- Lady Bulldogs 

Elwyn School 

Laurel House 

Community Action Agency of Delaware County 

County of Delaware Dept. of Aging 

Field Education Resources 

This resource list provides important information regarding policies, procedures and forms for field instructors and students to help successfully manage and complete the field practicum experience. 

Field Calendar: Contains field dates and Cabrini University academic calendar dates 

Evaluation Forms: Fall & Spring Evaluation Forms 

Field Education Manual: This manual contains policies, procedures, and information about the field experience in the BSW program 

Interested in more detailed information regarding the field process and field placement information? 

Sarah M. Pinard, MSS, MPH
Assistant Professor, Social Work
Grace Hall, Room 248