Myths & Pitfalls

Myth or Fact?

Field placement is a job.

Answer 1 - Kanako Okuda
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I always need to know what to do.

Answer 2 - Kanako Okuda
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I just do what I'm told to do.

Answer 3 - Kanako Okuda
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Source: Glassman (2016).

Possible Pitfalls

Unrealistic Expectations 

Inability to Embrace Uncertainties

Unrecognized Anxiety
False Assumptions 

Refusal to Ask for Help

Over-Scheduling
Conflicting Personal and Professional Values
Overwhelming Triggers
Boredom
Help from Unhelpful  Sources
Sources: Barlow & Hall (2007); Gelman (2004); Gelman & Lloyd (2008); Gelman (2009); Glassman (2016); Hemy, Boddy, Chee, & Sauvage (2016); Hughes (2011); Pierce(2016); Zeff, Kaersvang, & Raskin (2016).

How to Work with Pitfalls

  • Know what they are

  • Have someone you trust to keep you in check

  • Accept and make changes when you get stuck

  • Know that it's okay to be facing some pitfalls

  • Learn from your experiences

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Myths and Pitfalls by the Phases of a Field Placement

  • Unclear or rigid expectations of the educational process

  • Limited readiness to start your placement

  • Problems with the interviewing process

  • Trying to negotiate your assignment without communicating with your field educators in your school

  • Problem with agency-required clearance processes

  • Needing to know everything before you start your assignments

  • Not asking questions 

  • Difficulty adjusting to the role of social work student

  • Difficulty establishing expectations of self and others

Middle
  • Misunderstanding the purpose of your performance evaluation

  • Missing field instruction meeting

  • Becoming complacent in following agency procedure

  • Feeling unenthusiastic or unreceptive  toward constructive criticism

End
  • Feeling unprepared
  • Being too critical of your field experiences
  • Difficulty letting go of your clients
  • Being preoccupied with life after graduation
  • Termination anxiety
Beginning
Sources: Gelman (2004); Gelman & Lioyd (2008); Gelman (2009); Glassman (2016).

Interviews with Mentors

Carolyn Gartner, LCSW

Hospice Social Worker

Esperanza
Community Organizer

Cindy Bautista-Thomas, LCSW

Advice to My Student Self - Carolyn Gartner
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On Social Work - Esperanza
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My Journey to Social Work - Cindy Bautista-Thomas, LCSW
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Contact

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