Introduction to Field Education
Welcome to the Supervised Professional Practice program in the Social Work Department at Monash University.
The Department of Social Work at Monash has a well-developed Supervised Professional Practice program servicing students undertaking Social Work degrees. Supervised Professional Practice (SPP) is a structured educational program where students undertake two 500 hour supervised professional practice units, one in the first year of study, the other in the second year of study.
Supervised professional practice is undertaken in a Human Service Organisation under the supervision of a professional and experienced Social Worker. The purpose of the SPP program is to enable students to put into practice the social work theory and skills being learnt at university. A number of partnerships have been established by the field education team to offer students exciting learning opportunities in health, education and community services in government and non-government organisations across Australia and internationally.
Supervised professional practice placement opportunities include-working with individuals, groups and communities, as well as project, social policy and research focused placements.
Professional Practice occurs in two blocks:
Exact start and finish dates vary. Students must complete a minimum of 500 hours of supervised professional practice. The average working day is 7.5 hours. Most placements will take place full-time for 14 weeks during the following periods:
SWK3180 and SWM5108: June to September
SWK4560 and SWM5103: September to December
Placement are usually undertaken full-time for all students enrolled in 'on-campus' study however part-time placements are available for both cohorts (on and off campus) in negotiation with the SPP unit coordinators.
Professional Practice Information and Resources
- Supervised Professional Practice, Field Education Manual - 2017
- Supervised Professional Practice FAQs
- FMNS Clinical Fieldwork Placement Handbook 2017