What is Practicum?
This is a full-time (32 hours per week) opportunity for students to integrate theory with practice. Students work under the supervision of a B.S.W. or M.S.W. in an community organization of their choice.
Students complete the practicum in one semester. It is broken into two quads: SWK425 and SWK426. Each quad course is 6 credits for a total of 12 field credits. Students are graded at the end of each quad by their agency supervisor based on their progress toward their learning goals.
In conjunction with the Practicum, students are also required to take SWK420 Practicum Seminar, which meets once a week and is facilitated by the Practicum Program Coordinator at Gordon, or another faculty in the Social Work Department. Students learn a method of peer consultation and support, prepare and present weekly reflections, and exchange their learning contracts, agency presentations, and agency projects. Students in international or San Francisco field practicum sites participate in the seminar through email and Blackboard. All other students must commute to campus to participate in the seminar.
Students must have taken SWK201, 202, 301, 302, 303, 310, 311, and 322 to enroll in both the Practicum and Field Seminar.
During what semester do I register for my Practicum and Seminar?
In the spring of your sophomore year, while meeting with your advisor for your junior year fall registration, you should develop a plan for the next four semesters. This should include all the required courses to complete the social work major and core courses. If you have a minor or double major it is essential that you find out when your required courses will be offered so you can plan ahead. Based on this information, you should let your advisor know which semester you would like to take Practicum and Seminar (14 credits) If you do not make your request known, you will be assigned a semester for your Practicum. The social work program coordinator will send out the assignments during the fall semester of your junior year, after receiving input from your advisor. You will only have several weeks to petition to the social work program director to change your semester, so please watch for this email.
How do I find the right Practicum site for me?
Entering into your junior yar, you will have access to the social work pre-practicum resources page on Blackboard. This page will give you step-by-step instructions for how to search, contact, interview and solidify a placement at a practicum site. If you are currently a Gordon student, you can take a look at the available practicum sites by logging into GoHire and searching under "Practicum" for a position type.
SWK Practicum Application (PDF)
Application for Practicum