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IWU OCLS Tutorials: Master of Social Work Guide - Field & Career Information


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Below you will find some online resources about fieldwork and professional preparation. 


The New Social Worker 

Check out the article "8 Tips for New Social Work Interns"--Advice and Insights from Sharon L. Young, Ph.D., LCSW


National Association of Social Workers

NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies. 


School Social Work Association of America

Offers many links and resources for those entering the field of school social work


Clinical Social Work Association  

Offers resources specific to clinical practice, such as HIPAA, Medicare, and ethical guidelines, as well as job boards and online webinars.


Teaching & Learning in Social Work 

Laurie Hitchcock, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, explores ways to enhance lifelong learning for professional practice, including online networking.


Kids Count Data Center

Evidence-based indicators and data on child well-being across the United States. The Kids Count Data Center is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.


Licensing Board or College Websites, Statues, and Administrative Rules

A searchable database of available websites related to licensing. Provided by the Association of Social Work Boards.





Interviewing for Field Placement


Questions an Agency May Ask: 

  • Why did you decide to become a social worker?
  • Why are you interested in this agency/program?
  • Why are you interested in serving our client population?
  • What do you hope to gain from this experience?
  • What strengths can you bring to this position?
  • Tell me about your previous social work experiences?
  • What are you looking for in a field supervisor?
  • What can you tell me about your learning style?
  • Have you worked successfully as part of a team in the past?
  • How do you deal with stressful situations?
  • Do you have any personal experience with the issues we address at this agency that might affect your work with our clientele?





Resources for Instructors & Supervisors 



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