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RE: SOCW6530 – Response Blog Questions to 3 Students (wk11)

Due 11/06/2019 by 6PM EST

Respond to the blog posts of three colleagues in one or more of the following ways: (Please be very thorough)

  • Validate an idea in your colleague’s post with your own experience.
  • Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
  • Expand on your colleague’s post.

Response to Charmaine

  • An explanation of your social work field education experience, including the development of your professional identity.

Field education is an important aspect of social work and is said to be the most significant to the learning process for the social work student (Vassos, Harms, & Rose, 2019). Although stressful and nearing burnout, field experience for me has been nothing short of amazing. By completing my field experience at ChildNet under the Service Coordination department I was able to apply and build on my social work knowledge and skills through supervision, the learning agreement, working with individuals, families, and communities. ChildNet provides a variety of services to abused, abandoned, and neglected children and families within the community (ChildNet, n.d.). During my field experience, I engaged in self-reflection about personal biases and cultural awareness through practice and trainings.


ChildNet-About ChildNet. (n.d.). Retrieved November 4, 2019, from

Vassos, S., Harms, L., & Rose, D. (2019). Exploring Rotation Placements for Social Work: A Focus on Student and Supervisor Experiences. Journal of Social Work Education, 55(2), 280–293. Retrieved from https://search-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.or…

Response to Denise

An explanation of your social work field education experience, including the development of your professional identity

I feel that I’ve experienced both ends of the spectrum and grateful for the experience. Some clients wanted to improve their lives, and some did not. Those situations challenged me and assisted in my professional identity. Professional development started when we began our programs and can continue to develop during our lives, (Berkenmair & Berg-Weger, 2018). We are moving forward to the next step in our lives. Now we must explore our next step. According to Berkenmair and Berg-Weger (2018), our career evolves as we move from student to practitioner or supervisor to administrator. As an intern social worker, I learned a lot from colleagues, my field supervisor, my professors, staff, and clients while working in field education and that interaction plays into our growing and increasing our understanding. I was also able to build on my skills with assessments, interventions, care plans and discharge planning. Through these experiences I have developed the ability to challenge myself in tough situations in a timely and satisfactory manner. By multitasking it enable me to be more productive within a demanding atmosphere. Aside from that, the ability to work well with others is a crucial part of most social interactions, as we are forced to interact with individuals in our social and personal realm. Active listening and an open dialogue were the keys to good communication. This has helped me to fulfill my obligations as a team member of Caribbean Community Connection. Dedication and hard work were additional components that have enabled me to gain grounded.


Birkenmaier, J., & Berg-Weger, M. (2018). The practicum companion for social work: Integrating class and fieldwork (4th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.

Caribbean Community Connection of Orlando, Inc. (n.d). Retrieved from

Response to Jennifer

An explanation of your social work field education experience, including the development of your professional identity.

My social work field education experience was a learning opportunity to better equip me for real world situations that will occur in the field of social work. Having the ability to provide services for the vulnerable population has given me insight and knowledge on how to meet clients where the are, assess and intervene when appropriate. I believe with out a doubt that social work is a career path I have chosen for the betterment of society. I consider my experience as part of my networking for future employment as well. According to Birkenmaier, Berg-Weger (2018) The practicum experience is intended as a training tool and a steeping stone for professional development (p228). Implementing my practice skills such as, active listening, empathy, and intra personal skills allowed for me to use best practices approaches and knowledge of human behavior which allowed me to engage with a diversity of clients in a therapeutic process.

Self awareness and self assessment is a part of my growth personally and professionally. Knowing what I can and cannot handle allows me room for growth and opportunity to improve in my knowledge and practice skills development. During my field experience I learned to ask for help when I don’t know what to do. Learning not be afraid to ask for help or ask questions assisted me with providing services for clients by meeting the clients needs. My professional identity has enhanced in becoming a more competent and focus social worker in a way, that allowed me to provide ethical and holistic approaches to vulnerable population I have encountered through out my social work profession at Careresource. My Learning is far from over so being an effective social worker I shall be committed to life long learning process such as trainings, CEU, pursing my LCSW or PHD. According to Birkemaier, Berg-Weger (2018) to be an effective social worker, self assessment and a “reality check” are important and normal stages of professional development. Having a personal action plan for the future is a part of my professional identity. Laureate Education (2013)


Birkenmaier, J., & Berg-Weger, M. (2018). The practicum companion for social work: Integrating class and fieldwork (4th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2013e). Self-assessment and looking ahead [Audio file]. Retrieved from

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