Social Service Mental Health Fieldwork Experience
Your Social Service Mental Health Fieldwork Experience course is where you will apply what you’ve learned in your SSMH classes to real-world experiences helping others. Students are responsible for finding and securing their own field site to fulfill 120 hours of fieldwork experience. You will find links below to research sites for yourself. It is best to choose a site where you will work with the type of population you want to serve (example: children, veterans, elderly, etc.). It is also required that you have a signed agreement turned into your fieldwork experience class by the 5th day of the quarter, or you will be dropped from the course.
Before you look for a site, make sure that your resume is presentable and your interview skills are polished. You are not looking for a job, but field sites will likely treat a fieldwork experience candidate similar to a job candidate. In addition to emailing a resume, send a link to our SSMH Field Experience course overview to the prospective field site. It outlines what field sites are responsible for as well as student responsibilities. Possible locations for fieldwork sites
If you are currently working in the field of social services, and want to use your job as your field site, you must compose three learning objectives that involve learning something new or beyond what you usually do at your place of employment.
Steps to Follow Before SSMH Fieldwork Experience Class
- SSMH Field Experience Classes Checklist
- Resume and interview preparation in Job and Career Connections
- Students must secure a field site on their own. The Job and Career Connections center is a great place to start to seek field locations.
- Bring an SSMH Field Site Brochure to meet with prospective field site.
- Social Service/Mental Health Field Experience contract forms must be completed, signed, and turned in by 100% refund deadline:
Other Forms Needed for Field Experience Class
- Review the Frequently Asked Questions