“How do you do it?”: MSW Field Director Survey.

  • Bruce Dalton East Tennessee State University
  • Laura Stevens
  • Jane Maas-Brady East Tennessee State University
Keywords: Field seminar, field placement, MSW field program


This paper reports on a survey of MSW field directors in the United States. Results indicate that in some areas there is similarity between field programs, such as field training and orientation, and the student placement process. There was great variety between field programs in the areas of student field requirements, student field credits, and field liaison faculty status. Most field programs report adequate resources but a significant minority report a lack of resources. The benefits of increasing specificity of mandated standards at the cost of lessened program flexibility is discussed.

Author Biographies

Bruce Dalton, East Tennessee State University
Associate Professor Department of Social Work
Jane Maas-Brady, East Tennessee State University
Director of Field East Tennessee State University