Clinical Social Work Training

Eligibility for social work Training

One field placement opportunity is available for a student in the Master’s of Social Work program.  Second-year MSW students who have an interest in clinical social work are eligible to apply.  Students will be in good standing in the Master's of Social Work program at UNC Charlotte. Students will have completed first year coursework within the Social Work curriculum by the beginning of their second year field placement.

How to Apply for a Social Work Placement

Students are to follow the application procedures for field education placement as determined by the Coordinator of Field Education within the Department of Social Work.  The application process will begin in early spring for the following fall semester and will include both a written application and an on site interview with the Field Instructor and another staff member.  Interviews will be conducted in March and April for placement in the fall semester.

Activities and Expectations for Social Work Field Placement

The social work field placement is a supervised, unpaid clinical training experience grounded in a developmental model that draws from a general understanding of clinical skill development and attention to individualized supervision and professional development.  The goal of the field placement is to provide a structured learning experience that is tailored to the developmental needs and clinical interests of individual social work students.  The students are exposed to a variety of theoretical perspectives and clinical issues and they participate in a number of activities that facilitate the development of their clinical skills and their identity as social workers.  Social work students will be supervised by a licensed clinical social worker who is a member of the senior staff during both fall and spring semesters.

The second-year MSW field placement training experience is a 16 hour per week training experience that can include the following weekly activities:

  • One initial consultation session per week.
  • Five to eight individual counseling sessions per week.
  • Co-leadership of a weekly structured group or workshop (spring semester).
  • One hour of individual face-to-face supervision.
  • One and a half hours of weekly group supervision.
  • Monthly full staff meetings and quarterly staff-wide training on diversity and inclusion (as schedules permit).
  • Potential additional activities as determined in coordination with supervisor.

Policy on MSW Field Placement students Use of Counseling services

If you are a student interested in becoming a trainee at Counseling & Psychological Services, it is important to consider some ethical issues related to the potential for dual roles. Prospective trainees who seeking counseling at CAPS should be aware that they will limit who would be available to supervise them and coordinate their training experiences.  Due to the importance of avoiding multiple relationships, a student in the Master’s in Social Work program who would like to be a trainee at this Center will not be able to have counseling with the Social Worker/Case Manager.  For the same reason, students are not eligible to receive counseling at CAPS while they are trainees here.