Field Education

Field Education is often identified by graduates of social work programs as the most important and memorable element of their educational experience. The Council on Social Work Education states that field education is the signature pedagogy in social work education.  Because of the importance of field learning, field practice is required as a key component of the curriculum. Field and Task Supervisors are valued for their teaching, supervision, and modeling of professionalism in social work to field education students.

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Steps to securing a field placement:

1. Submit the Field Application and your resume to the Field Education office.


2. The Field Education office will review your application and contact you one quarter before you begin your field placement.

  • Schedule an informal interview with the Field Education Director or satellite office Field Coordinator to discuss your interests and agencies for possible field placement opportunities. 

3. Have a formal interview with potential field placement agency.

  • Prior to an interview, you will send a resume and cover letter to your placement contact provided to you by the Field Education Office.
  • Once you are accepted to the position, inform the Field Education office and to obtain final paperwork to finalize your field placement. 

Field Education in action

Juvenile justice internship

Recent social work graduate works with at-risk youth, gears up for a career of service

Andrew Riley
Andrew Riley recently graduated from Walla Walla University with his bachelor of social work degree. He will begin working toward a master of social work degree in September.

This series highlights the internships of three Walla Walla University social work majors during the 2017-18 academic year. (Part three of three.)

Few people are willing to orient their lives around service. Andrew Riley, who graduated from Walla Walla University with a bachelor of social work degree in June, is one of them. A military veteran and a father, he has built a reputation for serving his country, his family, and his community.

For eight years, Riley served in the infantry in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2005, and when he eventually left the Marines, he held the rank of sergeant. After returning home, Riley struggled to apply his combat skills to the civilian workforce. “Nobody cares how fast you can load machine guns and how good you are with explosives,” he said. “I realized that I was kind of pigeonholed in my career.”

Riley decided to enroll in college and “remake” himself. He knew he needed to choose a major that would prepare him to serve others. “I felt like I needed to give after taking for a while.” He joined the social work program because of its versatility and focus on others.

Gaining social work experience

When the time came to think about his senior practicum, Riley approached the field director for the School of Social Work and Sociology with a couple requirements: He didn’t want to sit in a cubicle and he wanted a placement that allowed him to work with youth. He feels strongly that if disadvantaged people can get the help that they need during their teenage years, they will be better equipped to handle life’s challenges.

After weighing Riley’s interests, the field director found him a match. Enter: the Children’s Home Society of Washington. For the duration of the 2017-18 academic year, Riley interned for the Children’s Home Society with a placement at the Walla Walla County Juvenile Justice Center.

His day-to-day work involved shadowing his supervisor and building relationships with youth. Some days that meant checking in on teenagers in the detention center, other days that meant doing home visits around the Walla Walla Valley to counsel youth with no transportation.

Riley began his internship with limited knowledge about the juvenile justice system, and he approached each task with a readiness to learn. In alignment with his practicum, he spent his senior year researching juvenile justice, recidivism rates, and the efficacy of mental health treatments.

Through his research and experience, he came to a discouraging realization: “Juvenile justice seems to be a blindspot in the American public’s vision.” Incarcerated youth face a host of challenges that the general population doesn’t see. Organizations like the Children’s Home Society offer detained juveniles a chance to air their grievances and have productive conversations, but Riley says there’s still a deficit of social workers willing to work with this population. He hopes that will change.

Volunteering in the community

Riley doesn’t limit his passion for others to the classroom or the office—he seeks ways to serve other populations in Walla Walla outside of his degree requirements. Every Wednesday, he volunteers at the Sleep Center, a homeless camp operated by the Walla Walla Alliance for the Homeless. The reason? He wants to understand their environment and get a better idea of what homeless people need. Plus, he noted, the Sleep Center can always use extra hands.  

“I believe that the mentally ill and the mentally distressed populations of this community are being underserved,” Riley said, “and I want to help rectify that in any way that I can.”

Riley will continue his education in WWU’s master of social work program this fall. In the near future, he hopes to get a job at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Walla Walla. His experience with juvenile justice, homeless populations, and military veterans will help him later in his career. He plans to eventually open an office where he can do medication management and help members of the community get proper care.

People are drawn to the social work profession for a number of reasons—for Andrew Riley, helping people is reason enough. It’s the force that has guided him for the past 33 years, and it’s the force that will continue to guide him through his professional career.

To learn more about the social work program at WWU, visit the Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology web page.

Posted July 5, 2018

teen on bench
The Children's Home Society of Washington serves Walla Walla County in several capacities. At the juvenile justice center, the Children's Home Society offers counseling and intervention services to youth.

Juvenile justice internship

Recent social work graduate works with at-risk youth, gears up for a career of service

Andrew Riley
Andrew Riley recently graduated from Walla Walla University with his bachelor of social work degree. He will begin working toward a master of social work degree in September.

This series highlights the internships of three Walla Walla University social work majors during the 2017-18 academic year. (Part three of three.)

Few people are willing to orient their lives around service. Andrew Riley, who graduated from Walla Walla University with a bachelor of social work degree in June, is one of them. A military veteran and a father, he has built a reputation for serving his country, his family, and his community.

For eight years, Riley served in the infantry in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2005, and when he eventually left the Marines, he held the rank of sergeant. After returning home, Riley struggled to apply his combat skills to the civilian workforce. “Nobody cares how fast you can load machine guns and how good you are with explosives,” he said. “I realized that I was kind of pigeonholed in my career.”

Riley decided to enroll in college and “remake” himself. He knew he needed to choose a major that would prepare him to serve others. “I felt like I needed to give after taking for a while.” He joined the social work program because of its versatility and focus on others.

Gaining social work experience

When the time came to think about his senior practicum, Riley approached the field director for the School of Social Work and Sociology with a couple requirements: He didn’t want to sit in a cubicle and he wanted a placement that allowed him to work with youth. He feels strongly that if disadvantaged people can get the help that they need during their teenage years, they will be better equipped to handle life’s challenges.

After weighing Riley’s interests, the field director found him a match. Enter: the Children’s Home Society of Washington. For the duration of the 2017-18 academic year, Riley interned for the Children’s Home Society with a placement at the Walla Walla County Juvenile Justice Center.

His day-to-day work involved shadowing his supervisor and building relationships with youth. Some days that meant checking in on teenagers in the detention center, other days that meant doing home visits around the Walla Walla Valley to counsel youth with no transportation.

Riley began his internship with limited knowledge about the juvenile justice system, and he approached each task with a readiness to learn. In alignment with his practicum, he spent his senior year researching juvenile justice, recidivism rates, and the efficacy of mental health treatments.

Through his research and experience, he came to a discouraging realization: “Juvenile justice seems to be a blindspot in the American public’s vision.” Incarcerated youth face a host of challenges that the general population doesn’t see. Organizations like the Children’s Home Society offer detained juveniles a chance to air their grievances and have productive conversations, but Riley says there’s still a deficit of social workers willing to work with this population. He hopes that will change.

Volunteering in the community

Riley doesn’t limit his passion for others to the classroom or the office—he seeks ways to serve other populations in Walla Walla outside of his degree requirements. Every Wednesday, he volunteers at the Sleep Center, a homeless camp operated by the Walla Walla Alliance for the Homeless. The reason? He wants to understand their environment and get a better idea of what homeless people need. Plus, he noted, the Sleep Center can always use extra hands.  

“I believe that the mentally ill and the mentally distressed populations of this community are being underserved,” Riley said, “and I want to help rectify that in any way that I can.”

Riley will continue his education in WWU’s master of social work program this fall. In the near future, he hopes to get a job at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Walla Walla. His experience with juvenile justice, homeless populations, and military veterans will help him later in his career. He plans to eventually open an office where he can do medication management and help members of the community get proper care.

People are drawn to the social work profession for a number of reasons—for Andrew Riley, helping people is reason enough. It’s the force that has guided him for the past 33 years, and it’s the force that will continue to guide him through his professional career.

To learn more about the social work program at WWU, visit the Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology web page.

Posted July 5, 2018

teen on bench
The Children's Home Society of Washington serves Walla Walla County in several capacities. At the juvenile justice center, the Children's Home Society offers counseling and intervention services to youth.

Juvenile justice internship

Recent social work graduate works with at-risk youth, gears up for a career of service

Andrew Riley
Andrew Riley recently graduated from Walla Walla University with his bachelor of social work degree. He will begin working toward a master of social work degree in September.

This series highlights the internships of three Walla Walla University social work majors during the 2017-18 academic year. (Part three of three.)

Few people are willing to orient their lives around service. Andrew Riley, who graduated from Walla Walla University with a bachelor of social work degree in June, is one of them. A military veteran and a father, he has built a reputation for serving his country, his family, and his community.

For eight years, Riley served in the infantry in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2005, and when he eventually left the Marines, he held the rank of sergeant. After returning home, Riley struggled to apply his combat skills to the civilian workforce. “Nobody cares how fast you can load machine guns and how good you are with explosives,” he said. “I realized that I was kind of pigeonholed in my career.”

Riley decided to enroll in college and “remake” himself. He knew he needed to choose a major that would prepare him to serve others. “I felt like I needed to give after taking for a while.” He joined the social work program because of its versatility and focus on others.

Gaining social work experience

When the time came to think about his senior practicum, Riley approached the field director for the School of Social Work and Sociology with a couple requirements: He didn’t want to sit in a cubicle and he wanted a placement that allowed him to work with youth. He feels strongly that if disadvantaged people can get the help that they need during their teenage years, they will be better equipped to handle life’s challenges.

After weighing Riley’s interests, the field director found him a match. Enter: the Children’s Home Society of Washington. For the duration of the 2017-18 academic year, Riley interned for the Children’s Home Society with a placement at the Walla Walla County Juvenile Justice Center.

His day-to-day work involved shadowing his supervisor and building relationships with youth. Some days that meant checking in on teenagers in the detention center, other days that meant doing home visits around the Walla Walla Valley to counsel youth with no transportation.

Riley began his internship with limited knowledge about the juvenile justice system, and he approached each task with a readiness to learn. In alignment with his practicum, he spent his senior year researching juvenile justice, recidivism rates, and the efficacy of mental health treatments.

Through his research and experience, he came to a discouraging realization: “Juvenile justice seems to be a blindspot in the American public’s vision.” Incarcerated youth face a host of challenges that the general population doesn’t see. Organizations like the Children’s Home Society offer detained juveniles a chance to air their grievances and have productive conversations, but Riley says there’s still a deficit of social workers willing to work with this population. He hopes that will change.

Volunteering in the community

Riley doesn’t limit his passion for others to the classroom or the office—he seeks ways to serve other populations in Walla Walla outside of his degree requirements. Every Wednesday, he volunteers at the Sleep Center, a homeless camp operated by the Walla Walla Alliance for the Homeless. The reason? He wants to understand their environment and get a better idea of what homeless people need. Plus, he noted, the Sleep Center can always use extra hands.  

“I believe that the mentally ill and the mentally distressed populations of this community are being underserved,” Riley said, “and I want to help rectify that in any way that I can.”

Riley will continue his education in WWU’s master of social work program this fall. In the near future, he hopes to get a job at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Walla Walla. His experience with juvenile justice, homeless populations, and military veterans will help him later in his career. He plans to eventually open an office where he can do medication management and help members of the community get proper care.

People are drawn to the social work profession for a number of reasons—for Andrew Riley, helping people is reason enough. It’s the force that has guided him for the past 33 years, and it’s the force that will continue to guide him through his professional career.

To learn more about the social work program at WWU, visit the Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology web page.

Posted July 5, 2018

teen on bench
The Children's Home Society of Washington serves Walla Walla County in several capacities. At the juvenile justice center, the Children's Home Society offers counseling and intervention services to youth.

BSW Students

  • Must complete 400 hours of field education.
  • Field education may be completed over a full academic year, in two quarters, or in one quarter through a block placement.
  • Complete 1 hour of supervision by a BSW or MSW post 2 years’ experience each week.

MSW Students

  • Advanced Standing students must complete a minimum of 600 hours and begin their field placements during fall term.
  • Regular Standing students must complete a minimum of 900 hours and begin their field placements during winter term of their first year.
  • Complete 1 hour of supervision by an MSW post 2 years’ experience each week.

Field education placement locations

The Field Education Office works hard to find you a placement in your community. Listed below are some places that students have been placed; however, placements fluctuate based on need. A placement in one of these agencies or organizations is not guaranteed. Always work with the Field Director to establish an approved field placement—your current place of employment could be a field placement option.

International placements are also an option. Students have been placed in locations like Ghana and Estonia and we work with Student Missions to approve international field placements.


Deisy Haid

Field Education Director
Assistant Professor of Social Work and Sociology

(509) 527-2472 

deisy.haid@wallawalla.edu

Seattle

  • Various social service agencies

Spokane

  • Various social service agencies

Tri Cities

  • Catholic Family and Child Services
  • Grace Clinic
  • Kadlec Regional Medical Center
  • Lourdes Health Network
  • The Chaplaincy (Corks Place)

Walla Walla

  • Catholic Community Services
  • Children's Administration (DCFS)
  • Children's Home Society/Juvenile Justice Center
  • Christian Aid Center
  • College Place Public Schools
  • Comprehensive Health
  • Comprehensive Healthcare
  • Fresenius Medical Care
  • Helpline
  • Impact Life Transitions
  • IMPACT!
  • Lincoln High School
  • Lourdes Counseling Center
  • Park Manor
  • Rogers Adventist School
  • Serenity Point Counseling
  • Service Alternatives
  • The Health Center
  • Walla Walla Community Hospice
  • Walla Walla Valley Academy
  • WWU Counseling and Testing Center
  • YWCA

Yakima

  • Various social service agencies

Heppner

Hermiston

La Grande

Mission

  • Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center

Pendleton

Portland

Garden Valley

  • Project Patch

Kayleith Pellandini

Billings Field Education Coordinator
Instructor of Social Work and Sociology

(509) 527-2779

kayleith.pellandini@wallawalla.edu

Billings

  • Alternatives
  • Aware
  • Bighorn Mental Health
  • Billings Clinic
  • Billings Counseling Connection
  • Catholic Social Services of MT
  • Center for Children and Families
  • Creative Counseling
  • Consumer Direct Network aka Full Circle
  • Family Support Network
  • Healing Waters Counseling, LLC
  • Mental Health Center
  • Passages
  • Pioneer Medical Center
  • Rimrock Foundation
  • Riverstone Health
  • South Central Treatment Associates
  • The Family Tree Center
  • Safe Harbor Therapeutic Services
  • Transformative Counseling, LLC
  • Walla Walla University Billings Mental Health Clinic
  • Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch
  • Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Community Service
  • Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch - Laurel

Bozeman

  • Access Counseling
  • Advanced Counseling of Bozeman
  • Western Montana Mental Health

Casper, WY

  • Central Wyoming Counseling Center
  • Crossroads Counseling, LLC
  • Mercer Family Resource Center

Cody, WY

  • Yellowstone Behavioral Health

Crow Agency

  • Indian Health Service

Livingston

  • Community Health Partners
  • L'esprit
  • Livingston Healthcare
  • Youth Dynamics

Rapid City, SD

  • Behavior Management Systems

Red Lodge

  • Altacare

Sheridan, WY

  • Sheridan VA Medical Center

Wolf Point

  • Red Bird Woman Center

David Wiltfong

Missoula Field Education Coordinator

(406) 549-1797 ext. 2294

david.wiltfong@wallawalla.edu

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