Develop a list of questions with your field instructor
This is important because It allows you to have a set of questions to be clear about your internship. Also to see what you can d to be helpful in the agency.
Shadow a social worker or other key staff member during their workday at the agency.
It is important to do this to get a clear role of your job title and develop professional social work skills within the agency by someone with experience.
Gain insight into the client’s experience of your agency’s services by walking through each program or unit of the agency, from the point of referral to completing the program services.
This will allow you to get to know your clients better and show that you care and will try and provide all assistance needed for them. It also allows the client to gain trust with you.
Attend Inter-Disciplinary Team Meetings, Case Conferences, Board Meetings, or Task Force Meetings along with your Supervisor or Field Instructor.
This is important because it allows you to see how the staff works together to achieve things within the agency, learn strategies within the practice and show you envelopment and seriousness within the agency
Observe the Intake process, examining and discussing with your Field Instructor how clients are referred to the agency, the range of concerns presented, how decisions are made related to opening or referring a case,
This is important because we need to understand the each area of the agency and how to properly conduct a discussion and make proper decisions within the social work practice.
Using a case review form provided by the agency, review selected case files provided by your Supervisor.
This is important because this allows you to review the correct way to deal with a case and report the information in the file. Also how to organize the file correctly and update data and important information.