Field Education

The Council on Social Work Education describes Field Education as the “signature pedagogy” in social work education. Social work students engage in scaffolded practice under the guidance of skilled practitioners in community settings, while also being immersed in their studies. Through required field coursework, BASW and MSW students have the opportunity to connect and apply theoretical concepts in the field with the benefit of reflective seminar curriculum led by knowledgeable faculty. Students are able to gain perspective and understanding of the challenges and strengths of organizations serving rural and Indigenous communities. Many students state that their field experience and their relationship with their internship supervisor was a critical factor in their professional development.

To reflect our program emphasis of working with Indigenous and rural communities, we have cultivated strong on-going partnerships with county and tribal social services programs in far northern California as well as schools, non-profits and community advocacy organizations. 
For students considering our on-line programs, out of area students may need to move to the Superior Region of Northern California to complete their social work degree. Students in the online program must live in the state of California while they are in the social work program In addition to the coursework, a field placement is required to graduate. The Humboldt Department of Social Work only has arrangements for field placements in the Humboldt service area. The Humboldt service area in the Superior Region of Northern California includes these counties: Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yuba.

NOTE:  All internship field placements require a preliminary meeting with and final approval from Yvonne Doble, Director of Field Education: