BSW Field Work at Centenary College

Field education has been identified by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) as the “signature pedagogy” in Social Work education, meaning that it is the central form of instruction and learning in which the profession socializes its students to become practitioners. In the field, students have the opportunity to test what they learn in the classroom and to integrate theory with practice. Centenary BSW Program students complete a 420 hour structured field placement during their senior year, working closely with an agency-based Field Instructor.

Examples of potential placements at Centenary’s BSW Program include:

  • Birth Haven (transitional housing and support services for pregnant teens)
  • Bo Robinson House (residential re-entry program for incarcerated men and women)
  • Center for Positive Aging at Warren Hospital (geriatric services)
  • Center for Prevention and Counseling (substance abuse)
  • Community Hope for Veterans
  • DASI (domestic violence program)
  • DAWN Center for Independent Living
  • Delaney Hall (residential re-entry program for incarcerated women and men)
  • *NJ Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS)
  • Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center
  • Ewing Residential Treatment Center (DYFS residential program)
  • Family Intervention Services of Morris and Sussex Counties (Family Preservation Programs)
  • Family Guidance Center (Partial Care/Gateway Program and Intensive Family Support Services)
  • Family Promise of Warren County (homeless assistance)
  • Ginnie’s House Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital
  • Heath Village (geriatric nursing care facility)
  • Hope House (Catholic Charities multi-service agency)
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County
  • Jersey Battered Women’s Service
  • Lakeland-Andover School
  • Morris/Sussex Youth Advocate Program
  • Mt. Olive Township School District
  • New Bridge Project 70001 (Jobs PLUS Youth Employment Program)
  • New Jersey AIDS Services
  • NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities
  • NJ Organ and Tissue Sharing Network
  • North Warren Regional High School
  • NORWESCAP Early Head Start
  • Morris County Division on Aging
  • Project Self-Sufficiency (support services for low-income and single-parent families)
  • Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center
  • School Based Youth Services Program at Sussex County Technical School
  • Sussex County Family Intervention Services (Family Preservation Program)
  • Sussex County Interfaith Hospitality Network
  • Sussex House (Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Day Treatment Program)
  • Voices of September 11th
  • Warren County ARC
  • Warren County Division of Aging and Disability Services
  • Warren County Division of Temporary Assistance
  • Warren Hills School Based Youth Services Program

*Centenary College now participates in the NJ Baccalaureate Child Welfare Education Program (BCWEP) as part of a consortium of undergraduate Social work programs in New Jersey working in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families to enhance recruitment and retention for caseworkers in public child welfare. BCWEP provides a stipend and tuition to selected undergraduate Social Work students throughout New Jersey to support them during their internship year at the Division of Youth and Family Services. Students are placed at local DYFS offices throughout the state under supervision of credentialed field instructors. Students also take at least one specialized course in child welfare. Successful applicants for the program must commit to working for at least two years in a caseworker position within the Division of Youth and Family Services.

All BSW Program Field Instructors are professional Social Workers who have completed a “Seminars in Field Instruction” (SIFI) certification program, which is offered at Centenary College each summer. In order to support high-quality supervision for our students, the Centenary BSW Program offers its Field Instructors additional continuing education workshops every fall and spring semester; for example, Core Competencies in Social Work Practice; Professional Self-Care; Affirmative Fieldwork Supervision with LGBT Students and Clients; Addressing Spirituality and Religion in Fieldwork Supervision; Safety in the Field; Working with Millennials; Human Rights and Social Work Ethics.