Mary Kay Brennan, MSW
The 9-month, 450-hour field practicum is a required 3-quarter course taken throughout your senior year. This practicum is the signature pedagogy of the social work program: students will integrate their gained knowledge and skills with real clients presenting real needs. Placements are at Seattle area social service agencies. On-site agency supervision is provided by experienced social workers who are committed to furthering social work education.
The field experience is structured and supported to give students an outstanding experience.
Throughout the practicum experience, students will apply generalist practice knowledge and skills from their coursework to guide their assessment and choice of intervention strategies to strengthen client capacities.
Field Practicum Manual
Associated Counsel for the AccusedAtlantic Street Center: New Holly Family
CenterCatholic Counseling ServicesChild HavenChildren's Home Society: North Seattle Family CenterConsejo Counseling and Referral ServiceDepartment of Veteran AffairsElder HealthHarborview Hospital: Children's Response CenterHeadstartJewish Family ServicesKing County Superior Courts: CASA and Juvenile ProbationNorthwest CenterPioneer Human Services: Spruce StreetRenton Area Youth and Family ServicesRyther Child CenterSeattle Counseling ServicesSeattle Municipal CourtSound Mental Health: Emerald House and School Based ServicesThe Defender AgencyThe SummitTreehouse
Students in Seattle University's program have come to us exceptionally well prepared for the work. This is certainly due to the remarkable preparation they receive from the field placement program, but also owing to the school's strong social justice curriculum. Working with clients involved in the criminal justice system requires special attention to issues of oppression, discrimination and systemic racism. Seattle University social work students are well grounded in these theories and this is reflected in their excellent field work.