Effective social workers must have a broad understanding of the roots of systemic problems like poverty and inadequate healthcare. They must also have the interpersonal skills and professional competence to effect meaningful change on the ground. As an SSA student, you will conduct fieldwork and attend classes at the same time, experiencing the constant interplay between theory and practice as you develop your own professional social work identity.
Each year, students are placed in one of our over 600 partner agencies in the Chicago area. With the support of a field consultant and the Office of Field Education, you will gain hands-on experience in both clinical social work and social administration.
Field instructors reinforce our students' understanding of their identity as social workers and the purposes, values, ethics and knowledge base of the profession.