Field Education

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.

2020-2021 BSW Field Practicum Calendar

Junior Year

  • Intensive practical training in the state-of-the -art counseling lab (both junior and senior year courses)
  • Understanding of working with a diverse array of people: age, racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, language, and gender populations as well as people with varying levels of physical and cognitive ability.
  • Placement process designed to match students with an agency

Senior Year

  • Focus on underserved populations
  • Engagement with real clients experiencing a range of social problems
  • Integration of academic knowledge and practice-based skills
  • Close individual supervision and continuous feedback by practicum instructor
  • Oversight by Field Education Director

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

BSW Field Practicum Manual  (Login Required)

Sample Agencies that Accept Student Interns

Associated Counsel for the Accused
Atlantic Street Center
Catholic Counseling Services
Child Haven
Children's Home Society: North Seattle Family Center
Consejo Counseling and Referral Service
Department of Veteran Affairs
Elder Health
Jewish Family Services
King County Superior Courts: CASA and Juvenile Probation
Northwest Center
Pioneer Human Services: Spruce Street
Renton Area Youth and Family Services
Ryther Child Center
Seattle Counseling Services
Seattle Municipal Court
Sound Mental Health: Emerald House and School Based Services
The Defender Agency
The Summit




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

Cynthia Skow Social Work/Mitigation Supervisor, King County Department of Public Defense

Contact Us

Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, LICSW

Estella Williamson, DSW
Field Director

Anna McCain
Administrative Assistant

Location: Casey 330