Those new to social work know that their fieldwork experience is the most fulfilling, gratifying aspect of their job. Yet is also can be the most confusing, stressful, challenging and frightening part. This book, therefore is intended for new social workers to help them discover, understand and benefit from the developmental process of their fieldwork. Written in a friendly, helpful manner, the book helps readers to identify their strengths, needs, and learning styles; to become familiar with agency organization on the micro, mezzo, and macro levels; to formulate their field goals and strategize ways to evaluate learning; to develop and to build on the supervisory relationship; and to end their placement in a thoughtful and effective manner. Novice social workers, social work teachers and social service professionals.
A workbook for courses in social work or human services in which students are placed in an agency and take part in seminars to discuss their experiences, challenges, and insights. Also usable as a supplemental text for a course that incorporates field work as only part of the program. Provides suggestions, journal assignments, and seminar activities for the four stages of beginning, confronting reality, relative mastery, and closure. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.