VAC Field Placement Form

Welcome to the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work! 


In order for you to be placed in an MSW internship, you will need to complete and submit this entire Online Field Placement Form. It is expected that you will complete this form within five days of receiving your intent to enroll form during the admissions process. Your intent to enroll/enrollment confirmation form (including Field Education Contract and Background and Clearance Form), commitment deposit, and this field form are required to secure your place in the upcoming class.  Your field placement may be delayed and your ability to ultimately graduate with your cohort may be negatively impacted if you do not complete this form in a timely manner.


If you have any further questions, please contact vacfield@usc.edu.  Most email inquiries will receive a response within 24 -  48 hours (M-F during normal business hours).

 

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Personal Information

Geographic proximity between your address during the academic year and your internship location is an important consideration in the placement process.  For this reason, the Field Placement Team does not begin the placement process until you have provided your full address. Failure to provide your full address in a timely manner may result in a delay to the start of your placement. 

Emergency Contact

Language Fluency

Transportation

Substantial travel (typically within 30 miles) may be required to your field placement site on a reoccurring basis.  If you anticipate transportation challenges, please explain why. Keep in mind that any travel limitations may affect the placement options available to you, create significant delays in placement, and impact your ability to graduate with your cohort.



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Military Affiliation

Education Summary

Work Experience

Please list and briefly describe previous experience (volunteer and paid) related to social work. The information requested below will assist in the planning of your field assignment. Please be prepared to provide a current copy of your resume at the end of this form. Your resume will be shared with potential placement site.

Field Placement Schedule


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Placement Considerations

The following is a list of populations and clinical issues that you may be working with during your field placement: adolescents, adult women, adult men, children and families, older adults, AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's, cancer, child abuse, child and family protective services, corrections/criminal, developmental disabilities, domestic violence, emotionally disturbed children and/or adolescents, family service, LGBT, health/medical, homelessness, juvenile delinquency, mental health, public social services, severe mental illness, social work in schools, substance abuse and veterans.


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Program Focus


Advanced Standing

Adult Mental Health & Wellness (AMHW)   
Adult Mental Health and Wellness prepares students to improve the mental health and physical well-being of individuals across the adult lifespan, from young adults to older adults. Students in this department are prepared to support adult clients within agencies, institutions, communities, families and other social and organizational contexts.
Read more here.


Children, Youth and Families (CYF) 
Children, Youth and Families prepares students to improve the lives and well-being of children, youth and their families. Students in this department are prepared to support children, adolescents and transitional age youth within agencies, institutions, communities, families and other social and organizational contexts.

Read more here.



Social Change & Innovation (SCI)  
Social Change and Innovation (SCI, pronounced “sky”) focuses on designing social change and leading innovation. The curriculum prepares students to improve living conditions and work environments for individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities on a larger scale.

Read more here.

Department Selection

Adult Mental Health & Wellness (AMHW)   
Adult Mental Health and Wellness prepares students to improve the mental health and physical well-being of individuals across the adult lifespan, from young adults to older adults. Students in this department are prepared to support adult clients within agencies, institutions, communities, families and other social and organizational contexts.
Read more here.


Children, Youth and Families (CYF) 
Children, Youth and Families prepares students to improve the lives and well-being of children, youth and their families. Students in this department are prepared to support children, adolescents and transitional age youth within agencies, institutions, communities, families and other social and organizational contexts.

Read more here.


Social Change & Innovation (SCI)  

Social Change and Innovation (SCI, pronounced “sky”) focuses on designing social change and leading innovation. The curriculum prepares students to improve living conditions and work environments for individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities on a larger scale.

Read here.


Students in CA who are interested in school social work may be eligible for the PPSC(Pupil Personnel Services Credential)  program.
Please read more at: https://dworakpeck.usc.edu/msw-on-campus/field-education/pupil-personnel-services-credential

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Personal Statement

This personal statement asks for additional and different information than the personal statement you submitted with your original admissions application.  Please share information which we can use to plan your field education experience.
1. Provide an introduction of yourself.
2. Articulate why you chose social work.  Include personal growth experiences which have influenced your decision to pursue an advanced degree in social work.
3. Describe your expectations for your field placement; discuss particular interests, strengths, and limitations and how they might affect your ability to help clients.
4. Explain why you chose the specific department offered by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, including how this choice enhances your individual learning goals and career focus.
5.  Field Education is vital and time consuming component of the MSW program.  Please describe how you plan to meet field requirements as outlined in the VAC field manual.  Read more at: https://dworakpeck.usc.edu/media/188/download

Note: This statement may be shared with the Field Instructor at your assigned placement.


Please be as detailed as possible. (5,000 character limit.  This is about 1 1/2 pages of double-spaced text.) You are encouraged to  copy and paste from another application.)

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