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Community Practice Project

Coordinator of Community Practice: Fred Newdom

During the first winter field placement (session II for plan "A" MSW students), all students develop a community practice project. The project builds and demonstrates knowledge and skills in organizational and community level social work practice. One-half day per week is allotted for this project.

The community practice project is designed to:

Preparation for the project begins with first summer courses, particularly "191 Agency and Community Practice." The community practice project has a faculty adviser who oversees the project. Students select one of three or four national issues with social and economic justice implications, chosen annually by student poll, to work on in the community where they are placed. The student will prepare a proposal for the project as they envision it and, upon approval by the faculty advisor and the sponsoring organization, implement it. A local sponsor (usually an employee of the organization or agency in which the project is located) must agree to provide direct supervision of the project work. A final paper describing and analyzing the experience completes the project. Working in groups is encouraged but not required.