Field Instruction: A Guide for Social Work Students

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A field manual organized around 100+ of the most common questions students ask in their field placements.


This book is part of the Connecting Core Competencies Series. This series helps students understand and master CSWE’s core competencies with a variety of pedagogy highlighted competency content and critical thinking questions for the competencies throughout.


For those beginning their first social work field experience, Field Instruction: A Guide for Social Work Students addresses the most common questions, concerns, and problems students encounter and provides them with essential information for completing the field experience successfully. 


Field Instruction: A Guide for Social Work Students is structured so that "early" questions about preparing for the first interview are presented ahead of more complicated issues such as resolving ethical dilemmas. This edition provides instructors with already designed exercises that they can select and tailor to students’ specific learning needs. These exercises are designed to promote involvement with the content of the text and to develop critical thinking and self-reflection.


Teaching & Learning Experience

  • Personalize Learning — MySocialWorkLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals.
  • Improve Critical Thinking — Exercises within the text promote critical thinking and critical thinking questions tied to CSWE’s core competencies are included throughout (in margins).
  • Engage Students — Case examples and questions prepare students for the field. Exercises help students work through questions they have. Videos and cases in MySocialWorkLab engage students and help them apply theory to practice.
  • Explore Current Issues — Inclusion of contemporary topics, such as safety, child abuse, diversity, legal issues, and stress.
  • Apply CSWE Core Competencies — Integrates the 2008 CSWE EPAS throughout — highlights competencies and practice behaviors and includes expensive pedagogy. MySocialWorkLab adds value with core competency videos and hundreds of competency-based questions.
  • Support Instructors — AnInstructor’s Manual and MySocialWorkLab with Pearson eText are included in the outstanding supplements package.

Note: MySocialWorkLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySocialWorkLab, please visit: or you can purchase a valuepack of the text + MySocialWorkLab (at no additional cost). VP: 0205042481

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Field Instruction is a comprehensive, student-friendly guide for those beginning their first social work field experience.


The text addresses the most common questions, concerns, and problems students encounter in their field practicums and provides them with essential information for completing the field experience successfully. It is structured so that “early” questions about preparing for the first interview are presented ahead of more complicated issues such as resolving ethical dilemmas.


New to This Edition

·  Thirty-eight new end-of-chapter Exercises encourage students to think critically about issues raised in the chapter.

·  This edition covers areas of increasing concern to social workers, such as stress (Chapter 4) and safety (Chapter 5).

·  Chapter 8 offers expanded coverage of legal issues.

·  New case examples with questions help students relate material to the real-world issues they face in field practicums.


What Reviewers Are Saying

“A quick and accessible reference guide, a survival tool for students entering the field.”

–Marian Dumaine, Florida International University


“The writing style is great–very approachable–and the chapters are neither too long nor too short.”

–Susan Bowers, Northern Illinois University


“All you ever wanted to know about your internship but were too afraid to ask.”

–Sally Alonzo Bell, Azusa Pacific University

About the Author:

David Royse, Ph.D., MSW, B.A., earned his B.A. in psychology at the University of Kentucky, his M.S.W. from the University of Louisville, and his Ph.D. in social work from Ohio State University.  He joined the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky in 1985 and is currently a full professor and Director of the Ph.D. program.  He began his teaching career at Alice Lloyd College (Pippa Passes, KY), worked as a research analyst at the Human Services Coordination Alliance, taught at the University of Dayton, and was employed as the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Greene-Clinton Mental Health Board.  As a college student he worked as a college switchboard operator, a cottage parent at a juvenile detention facility, and as a librarian and pharmacy assistant in the Addiction Research Center (known variously as the “Narcotics Hospital” and “Narco”).


Dr. Royse is the author or co-author of these seven books:

            Royse, D., Staton-Tindall, M., Badger, K. & Webster, J. M.  (2009). Needs Assessment.  Oxford University Press.

            Royse, D., Thyer, B. & Padgett, D.  Program Evaluation:  An Introduction.  Brooks/Cole  (5th edition 2009)

            Royse, D.  Research Methods in Social Work.  Brooks/Cole  (6th edition, 2010)

            Royse, D., Dhooper, S. S. & Rompf, E. L.  Field Instruction:  A Guide For Students. Allyn & Bacon (6th edition 2010)

            Montcalm, D. & Royse, D.  (2002). Data Analysis for Social Workers.  Needham Heights, MA:  Allyn & Bacon. (1st edition)

            Royse, D.  (2001).   Teaching Tips For Collge  And  University Instructors:  A Practical Guide.  Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

            Royse, D.  How Do I Know It's Abuse?.  Springfield, IL: CC Thomas, 1994.


Additionally, he has authored or co-authored approximately 70 peer-reviewed articles in professional journals.  Recent research interests have included projects involving cancer screening and burn survivors.  He has also chaired 12 Ph.D. dissertations on a variety of topics.


Elizabeth Lewis Rompf earned her B.A. in sociology from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN., her M.S.W. from the University of Kentucky, and her doctorate in Higher Education at the University of Kentucky.  She joined the College of Social Work as an instructor, eventually attaining Associate Professor.

Dr. Rompf served as Director of the Undergraduate Program and as Field Director. As Field Director she led efforts to create a Field Advisory Board, implement a Practicum Review Board, develop guidelines for student study abroad initiatives, establish evaluative criteria for Field Professors and Field Instructors, and write the “College of Social Work Handbook and Field Education Manual.”

Dr. Rompf has co-authored the book Field instruction: A guide for social work students, (5th ed.), presented at national and regional conferences, and published in peer-reviewed journals on topics such as open adoption, family-friendly workplaces, spousal abuse and the criminal justice system, and teaching social work practice.  She holds certification in Aging from the Ohio Valley Appalachia Regional/Geriatric Education Center, Open Adoption Counseling, and Child Birth Education.  She completed the Council on Social Work Education’s Curriculum Development Institute Program on aging and participated as Resource Faculty for the UK Gerontology Center.  She co-evaluated the Gerontology Certificate at Sanders Brown Center and presented at the National Conference for Gerontological Social Work Education.   

Since 1987, Dr. Rompf has been the PI for the Public Child Welfare Certification Program.  She co-leads the College initiative, funded by the Hartford Foundation, to integrate gerontological research and practice across the curriculum and she reviews for the journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education. She engages in research on future KY nursing home care. Dr. Rompf co-chairs the College’s Faculty Appointment and Tenure Committee and serves on the College’s Curriculum Committee and the Undergraduate Committee.  She has participated in fifteen doctoral committees, both as member and outside reviewer.  She teaches undergraduate practice, field education, and the capstone M.S.W. course.

The College elected her to the University Senate and to the University Undergraduate Council. The President appointed her to the “Initiative on Undergraduate Education” Committee, and the Provost to the “Review and Evaluation Committees” for the Center on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and the Office of Minority Affairs.  The Provost also appointed her to two Dean Search Committees.  She is past treasurer of the Kentucky Association for Social Work Educators, former director of the Lexington Catholic Social Services Bureau and Birthright of Lexington. She volunteered on the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation for nine years.  Dr. Rompf was appointed to a six year term on the Lexington Diocesan Commission for Women.                     


Surjit Singh Dhooper is Professor Emeritus, College of Social Work, University of Kentucky. His professional experience, spread over 40 years, included both practice and teaching. He had was involved with direct practice as well as administrative and community organizational work in health care settings for 18 years and taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels for over 22 years. He also held academic administrative positions such as Director of the Ph.D. Program and Director of Graduate Studies in the College of Social Work.  He was awarded an endowed professorship  -  Constance Wilson Professor of Mental Health in 2000 which he occupied until his retirement.

He was among 250 nationally prominent, most published, social work scholars in the 1980s in a study by the Virginia Commonwealth University School of  Social Work. He authored or coauthored five books, about 50 journal articles, and over 20 book reviews, and presented papers at many national and international conferences. Besides Field Instruction: a Guide for Social Work Students, his books include Social Work and Transplantation of Human Organs (1994), Social Work in Health Care in the 21st Century (1997), and Social Work Practice with Culturally Diverse People (2001). He was a consulting editor and/or book reviewer for many professional journals including Journal of Social Work Education, Social Work, Health and Social Work,  Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Journal of Social Service Research, andJournal of International & Comparative Social Welfare. He served as amember of several university, community, and national committees and boards, such as the National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, the Board of Trustees of the Legal Defense Service, and the Aging Practice Section Committee of the National Association of Social Workers. He also served as a Site Visitor on behalf of the Commission on Accreditation, Council on Social Work Education.



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