Field Practicum Readiness Interview
Please read the questions carefully and provide a succinct narrative response. The responses should be no more than Six (6) pages total. Summarize and be brief, but clear in your narrative. PLEASE TYPE YOUR ANSWERS IN BOLD
Name of Student:
Program/Standing – Please bold selection: BASW; SAG (1st Yr); AG (2nd Yr); AS (Advanced Standing)
Assigned Field Faculty Name:
Interview Questions: Please TYPE answers below the questions in paragraph form
1. Briefly discuss the most significant reasons you are prepared to engage in professional practice with vulnerable clients?
2. Self Awareness Diversity Question
Briefly discuss your awareness of any populations, groups of people or issues that specific groups or populations experience – that you KNOW you would have difficulty working with? (e.g. working with people who are pro-choice/life, people who are fundamentally religious, people who abuse animals, etc…) Answering that there are no areas you would have difficulty working lacks real self-examination. The questions does not ask are you “willing” to work with a specific population, etc…, but rather, do you KNOW the populations, groups or group experiences that would be a challenge for you to work with based on client’s affiliation or membership with a population or group? Think it through. Give a narrative answer and then briefly answer the following question below:
3. Describe any obstacles that exist for you in completing field practicum successfully regarding your commitment to weekly days and times with an agency (e.g. full time worker, primary caregiver, medical care needs, etc…)
4. Self-Awareness Question.
Briefly describe any past or current challenges you’ve experienced, that have
been life impacting. Include in your answer how you are managing or managed this challenge:
5. What impact might these personal challenges that you bring with you to practice, impact your work with others, especially clients who have been through similar situations: List at least one impact for each:
o Positive Impact:
o Negative Impact:
6. Briefly describe any populations of clients you might be prohibited legally or ethically from interacting with, or situations that will create difficulty in finding a placement assignment due to your personal history (e.g. arrest or conviction history, unresolved or recent substance recovery, current or recent domestic violence or crime victimization, recent arrest, etc…). Include any resolution/restitution that you engaged in or are currently addressing to rectify the circumstance.
7. Briefly describe the actions you are taking to prepare for interviewing at agencies of interest:
8. Please list your significant areas of professional strength that you bring to the table of practice (at least three):
Please list your significant areas of needed professional growth that you believe is necessary (at least three):
Return this completed interview to your assigned field faculty in a .doc or .docx format only.
DO NOT WRITE BELOW THIS LINE/ FACULTY RESPONSES ONLY
Faculty please utilize the checklist below to confirm you have provided this information to your student during the readiness interview process:
☐ Reviewed Readiness Interview – Followed up with student on any areas of concern or clarification.
☐ Field Placement Process – Briefly discuss and cover with your student the process you will be working with them in placing them into their field practicum.
☐ Field Practicum Courses – Discuss consecutive courses student will be taking during field practicum and which terms they will be taking them in.
☐ Field Practicum Hours – Discuss required hours per course and total minimum hours to complete. Cover the number of hours to intern per week. No guarantee on field practicum days, and times. Student negotiate this with their individual placements.
☐ Field Practicum Roles – Briefly discuss your role, students as an intern, Agency Supervisor, and Field Liaison.
☐ Field Liaison Communication – Discuss with your student the importance of communicating with their Field Liaison in relation to any concerns or questions pertaining to field placement. Inform them they are not to “leave or abandon” a field placement and a change of field placements rarely occurs.
☐ Field Manual – Remember you are accountable for all items in the field manual. Referred students specifically to Student Responsibilities (pg. 15) in the field manual for review.