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Field Education

Field education is the signature pedagogy of the social work profession.
 

The field practicum is the crucible in which the theory and practice concepts of the classroom are melded with hands-on skills of working with client systems in the community. Through the field practicum, students have an opportunity to apply the knowledge, values, and skills learned in the classroom to actual social work practice situations. In other words, students truly learn to become social workers.

Field education is pivotal to the quality of student education and to the future of the social work profession. As such, it is of central importance to the College of Social Work and is a required component of both the MSW and BSW curricula.

Discover more about the BSW field education program and MSW field education program at USC’s College of Social Work.

The Field Education Office
The Field Education Office (FEO) at the University of South Carolina, College of Social Work is led by the Director of Field Education and is comprised of an MSW Field Placement Coordinator, BSW Field Coordinator, a Clinical Faculty Instructor (leads foundation field seminar), an Adjunct Field Faculty/ Training Coordinator, a Field Student Services Program Coordinator, and an administrative assistant. The FEO is responsible for placing approximately 530+ MSW students and 100+ BSW students in field placements each year. The FEO also develops and provides training to students, field instructors, and field liaisons. In addition to its field placement and training initiatives, the FEO conducts program evaluation and quality improvement activities for the field education program. The FEO ensures that development of all field activities are in compliance with the Council on Social Work Education Educational Policies and Academic Standards, 2001 and 2008. The FEO also pursues external funding to support field education at the College.

For general inquiries, please contact:
Sharde Davenport, BS
MSW & BSW Administrative Assistant
1310 Lady Street, 4th Floor
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Phone 803- 803-777-9820 / Fax: 803-777-0421

 

Melissa Reitmeier, PhD, LMSW, MSW
Director of Field Education
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Phone: 803-777-5293

Jennifer Bosio-McArdle, MSW
MSW Field Placement Coordinator
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Phone: 803-777-0383

Nicole Cavanagh, LISW-CP, PhD Candidate
BSW Field Coordinator
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Phone: 803-777-0433

Michael Ottone, LISW-CP, CPM
Field Clinical Instructor (Seminar)
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Phone: 803-777-5563

Lana Cook, MSW
Seminar Field Faculty / Training Coordinator
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Phone: (803) 521-4071

Janis Hogan, BS
Field Student Services Program Coordinator
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Phone: 803-777-7753

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