The Field component of the curriculum is designed to help students develop knowledge and skills to help those in need and to bring about effective change. Students are engaged in field settings in the New Orleans and surrounding areas including the state capital. These settings provide a living laboratory for students to become advocates and vital instruments of change. First-year students are expected to have at least one practice experience in each interventive mode (Direct Service or Administration, Planning Organizing) . The practicum experience of second year (full time) and third year (part time) students assign them to tasks which support their selected concentration; Health/Mental Health or Children, Youth, families. All Direct Service (DS) students, will have at least one practice experience in some aspect of management such as program development, supervision, consultation, or administration. Similarly, students selecting Administration, Planning, and Organizing (APO) will have the opportunity to refine direct service skills by working with small groups.
Full-time students are required to complete a field practicum each semester for four semesters. The field experience is concurrent with course work. For the first three (3) semesters, students are assigned to the selected field setting for two (2) days per week. In the final semester, students participate in the field practicum two and a half days per week. The additional one-half day in the final semester allows for additional exposure in their concentration area and enhances professional identification as the student is making the transition from student to professional. Part-time students are required to participate in a field practicum experience beginning in the summer semester following their first year of enrollment in the graduate program. During the first year, students will complete ten (10) hours a week in the field. After completion of their first two years, students are required to participate in a full-time field practicum assignment.
Students may move to an advanced field level after completing all prerequisite field courses with a grade of B or better. A student can be dismissed if the student receives a “F” in Field Practicum, effective for students entering Spring 2011.