Introduction to Field Education
Professional Practice - Field Education
Welcome to supervised professional practice in social work 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 SPP 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 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 must be undertaken full-time for all students enrolled in 'on-campus' study.
Professional Practice Information and Resources
- Supervised Professional Practice, Field Education Manual - 2017
- Supervised Professional Practice FAQs
- Faculty of MNHS Clinical/Fieldwork placement handbook
- Immunisation and infection risk, information and Compliance Forms
- What to bring to your appointment at the University Health Service (Video)
Australian Association of Social Workers Course Accreditation and Standards
Instructions and checklist for preparing a CV
InPlace – Quick reference guide
General Placement Information
Occupational Health and Safety for Placement Students
Workplace Request Documents
Requests for a 2017 Workplace Based Placement may be submitted during the following periods:
SWK3180 and SWM5108: From 27 February up to 5 May 2017
SWK4560 and SWM5103: From 22 May up to 11 Aug 2017
Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Please note that all of these forms must be completed in full:
Insurance Coverage and Documents
If you require a Certificate of Endorsement for a Social Work student attending field education placement, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information & Forms you need prior to placement
Working with Children
Fit2Work Police Check
Proposed Placement Offer and Consent Form
Learning Agreement and Assessment Report (LAAR)
Case study template
Critical reflection template