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COVID-19: Field Education Information & Resources

Field education information is rapidly changing to adapt to the current situations in St. Louis City, County and Illinois. Throughout all these changes, the health of students and of the community is of utmost importance. The Office of Field Education has been working with both students and organizations to develop plans that meet the needs of all parties. Please also note that CSWE has reduced the required hours for MSW students graduating in May, August and December 2020 and May 2021. You can find more information on that in the below FAQ.

FIELD EDUCATION FAQ

If you have any questions, please check for answers in the FAQ below. Please also feel free to reach out to your field advisor.

My practicum site is open. Should I go, or should I work remotely? 
Will I need to complete all of my hours?
Does the professional liability insurance provided by Washington University cover seeing clients over secure video platforms provided by my practicum?

We have also created a survey for students to submit questions or concerns. We will respond to questions submitted through the survey within 2-3 hours of receipt.

My practicum site is open. Should I go, or should I work remotely? 

We recommend you continue remote work if possible.  There is still a risk of spread and infection from COVID-19.  You are not required to return to the site because the order has lifted.  If you and your site agree that in person work is necessary, you must meet with the Assistant Dean for Field Education, Jenni Harpring (jharping@wustl.edu), before returning to your site in person to discuss your plans.  We will assess:

  •  The scope and nature of the learning activities you will be involved in in-person and if it is essential
  • The organizations plan to minimize the spread of COVID-19
  • Provision and proper use of PPE
  • Social distancing at the site
  • Other preventative measures

In addition we will discuss your responsibility in preventing the spread of COVID-19 including:

  • Monitoring symptoms daily using the most up to date symptom monitoring checklist provided by the Brown School and staying home if you have any symptoms 
  • Reporting exposure at the site to the school
  • Reporting exposure to the site
  • Limiting activities that expose you to COVID-19

You will need to adhere to any organizational, local, state, or federal policies regarding travel restrictions.  You will need to monitor shelter in place orders and be prepared to complete practicum activities remotely.


How many hours will I need to complete?

The Council for Social Work Education (CSWE) has reduced the number of hours required for students graduating in August, or December 2020 and May 2021 due to the COVID-19 crisis. .

For the Brown School, we will accept the following hours reduction for practicum

 Foundation Practicum: 3 credits = 300 hours (100 hours a credit)

Concentration Practicum: 5 credits = 510 hours (102 hours a credit)

Special considerations:

• If you plan to seek clinical licensure, you may want to do the full 600 hours of practicum.  Please check with the state licensure body you plan to apply to ensure this will not impact your application,.  For example Texas, Arizona, New York, Virginia and California have strict requirements that include practicum.   For more information on clinical licensure, contact Lee Koelliker in Career Services, leekoelliker@wustl.edu or Alison Rico in the Office of Field Education, arico@wustl.edu.

• If you plan to seek school social work licensure, please check with the state licensure body you plan to apply to ensure this will not impact your application.  For example, Illinois requires 600 hours in schools. For more information about School Social Work Licensure, contact  Erika Gonzales in the Office of Field Education, egonzales@wustl.edu.

If you are a joint-degree student, please contact your field advisor about your situation as the council on accreditation has made these provisions based on graduation date.

Field Education Hours Needed by Program and Graduation Date

MSW

​Graduation Date

​Foundation Hours

​Concentration Hours

​August 2020

​300 (3 credits)

​510 (5 credits)

​December 2020

​300 (3 credits)

​510 (5 credits)

​May 2020

​300 (3 credits)

​510 (5 credits)

​May 2021

​360 (3 credits)

​600 (5 credits)



MPH 

​Graduation Date

​Foundation Hours

​August 2020

​300 (3 credits)

​December 2020

​300 (3 credits)

​May 2020 

​360 (3 credits)

​May 2021

​360 (3 credit)


MSP 

​Graduation Date

​Foundation  Hours

​August 2020

​360 (3 credits) 

​December 2020 

​360 (3 credits)

​May 2020 

​360 (3 credits)

​May 2021

​360 (3 credits)


MSW/MPH Dual

​Graduation Date 

​MSW Foundation Hours

​Dual Hours

MSW Concentration-Only Hours

​August 2020

​300  (3 credits) 

​300  (3 credits)

​240  (2 credits)

​December 2020

​300  (3 credits)

​300  (3 credits)

​240  (2 credits)

​May 2021

​300 (3 credits) 

​360  (3 credits)

​204  (2 credits)

​May 2022

​360  (3 credits)

​360  (3 credits)

​240  (2 credits) 


What should I do when I complete my practicum?

When you have completed your hours, you will need to make sure the following have been submitted: 

Does the professional liability insurance provided by Washington University cover seeing clients over secure video platforms provided by my practicum?

Yes, you are covered by your professional liability insurance as long as you are:

  • seeing clients as part of your practicum
  • in alignment with your site's virtual client interaction and video platform policy, and
  • registered for practicum in this semester


FIELD EDUCATION CONTACTS

Elizabeth Fuchs
e.fuchs@wustl.edu

Erika Gonzalez
ejgonzalez@wustl.edu

Jenni Harpring
jharpring@wustl.edu

Barbara Levin
blevin@wustl.edu

Ragini Maddipati
rmaddipati@wustl.edu

Janelle Gibson
jagibson@wustl.edu

Jewel Stafford
staffordjd@wustl.edu

Alison Rico
arico@wustl.edu