Dilemmas in Social Work Field Education: Decision Cases

Author:   Terry Wolfer, , Ph.D. (University of South Carolina) ,  Melissa Reitmeier
Publisher:   Columbia University Press
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9780231201445


Pages:   224
Publication Date:   13 July 2021
Format:   Hardback
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Field education is social work's signature pedagogy, the essential preparation for professional practice. Its success depends on field educators?field instructors, task supervisors or preceptors, and faculty field liaisons?to guide and assess student learning and maintain the pedagogical integrity of the field experience. Despite its importance and complexity, few resources exist for orienting and preparing field educators. This anthology presents decision cases that depict the actual experiences of social work field educators and students. They showcase the complex dynamics of field education and highlight a range of dilemmas experienced by novice and seasoned field educators. In various combinations, the dilemmas include interpersonal boundaries, emotional reactivity, initiative, expectations, role confusion, inadequate performance, accountability, interpersonal conflict, personal values, and impairment. The cases show how other field educators have navigated the issues that typically arise, with greater or lesser success. The cases portray the intricacy and rewards of this educational role and are selected for their ability to facilitate in-depth discussion among field educators during their initial training or continuing education. Guided discussions of these cases can bolster supervisory competence and confidence. They enable field educators to develop important problem-solving and critical-thinking skills related to their overlapping roles as instructor, supervisor, mentor, advisor, colleague, and role model, helping them thrive and continue to serve the profession. An accompanying instructor manual provides extensive information for each decision case and also includes guidance for field directors on how to use the case method of teaching and sources for additional information.

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Author:   Terry Wolfer, , Ph.D. (University of South Carolina) ,  Melissa Reitmeier
Publisher:   Columbia University Press
Imprint:   Columbia University Press
ISBN:  

9780231201445


ISBN 10:   0231201443
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   13 July 2021
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Dilemmas in Social Work Field Education weaves together intersecting components of field education in case format, providing engaging case material for teaching field educators and students. This book stands alone in terms of its comprehensiveness, content, and form. -- Beth Lewis, director of field education at Bryn Mawr College


So happy to finally see this book. Social work programs routinely use the previous decision books in practice classes and now we have a book that reflects the complexities that arise in field placements. It is a bonus to also have an additional resource to use in training field instructors. -- D. Lynn Jackson, Texas Christian University Dilemmas in Social Work Field Education weaves together intersecting components of field education in case format, providing engaging case material for teaching field educators and students. This book stands alone in terms of its comprehensiveness, content, and form. -- Beth Lewis, director of field education at Bryn Mawr College


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Terry A. Wolfer is a professor and the interim associate dean for curriculum at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work. His previous Columbia University Press books are Dying, Death, and Bereavement in Social Work Practice: Decision Cases for Advanced Practice (2008) and Decision Cases for Advanced Social Work Practice: Confronting Complexity (2013). Melissa C. Reitmeier is director of field education and clinical associate professor of social work at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work. She is the chair of the Council on Field Education for the Council on Social Work Education.

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