Episode 284 - COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities in Social Work Field Education during a Global Pandemic: Laura Lewis, PhD; Daniel Fischer, LMSW

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 9:08:44 AM

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In this podcast, our guests Laura Lewis, PhD, and Daniel Fischer, MSW, discuss how the COVID-19 disruption not only created unprecedented challenges for social work field education, but also forced social work instructors to think creatively about how to deliver content and experiences in different ways for students. They describe new models of learning and innovative instructional paradigms that were developed, and highlight the importance of working collaboratively and creatively to meet social work competencies and foster student learning and success.

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Average Rating: 4stars  meeting the challenges in field work, Tuesday, February 09, 2021

By Anonymous :

I really enjoyed this podcast for a few reasons, one I have natural interest because I am an MSW student at UB. I was not in my internship placement at the start of Covid in March 2020 but I did move my in person school work to remote like the rest of my classmates. I felt we supported each other and made our class time and our discussions regarding field placement as productive and as hopeful as possible as we all gathered in our new zoom classrooms. I can only appreciate what the field placement students were challenged with during the necessity to move to remote type place placement. I do not know how each student handled the new model for placement. However listening to your podcast made it seem like a new horizon where the usual demands of placing students in the community agencies and the need to change the fieldwork placement particularly around getting enough hours. I found it quite refreshing to hear how the UB professors collaborated with the fieldwork managers and the students and the community agencies. I especially enjoyed the liveliness of being challenged, of being creative, and thinking of new ways to get field experience. I really felt the charisma among Dr. Lewis and her team to embrace this new challenge. While the rest of the world was just trying to figure out how to get groceries and sanitizer, sign up for a ZOOM account there was a team of individuals already hitting the ground running finding a way to help the local community. What a perfect opportunity to work on trauma informed care and collaborating with each other and meeting the needs of the community by seeking opportunities working with individuals in assisted-living, high school students, use of the UB Wellness center, educating on voting as positive ways to help the local community to survive during these unknown times. I am proud to say these professors and students met the challenge of field work requirements in such loving and impactful ways.

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Average Rating: 5stars  excellent response from school of social work during the covid-19 pandemic, Monday, February 08, 2021

By Anonymous :

As an MSW student involved in field education during the pandemic, I felt this podcast was very beneficial to hear during this time. It was interesting to hear how individuals at the school of social work took a lot of time to create field experiences that focused on what was best for the students during this challenging time, while still ensuring they were getting the most from the program. After listening to this podcast, it was reassuring to know and truly understand the thoughtful response that the school of social work had during this time. I’m confident that if pandemic conditions were to worsen this semester, that the school of social work would be flexible and ensure that all students are still receiving proper/good instruction in their placements.

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Average Rating: 5stars  great podcast episode, Sunday, February 07, 2021

By Alyssa Recore :

As a UBSSW student, I felt that this podcast was very relevant and relatable. I enjoyed listening to the perspectives of those in administrative positions about how the pandemic impacted field education. I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be completing my current field placement remotely, and I found it interesting that some students were completely displaced from their field placements when the pandemic started. I did not realize how innovative and creative students and staff had to be to ensure that field education would continue. I like how this episode emphasizes the importance of creativity and partnerships during the pandemic, and how this can continue to benefit us once the pandemic is over. I think the pandemic has been difficult for everyone and changed many things about social work and our education, but I am glad that more creativity and flexibility has come from it as well. As time goes on, I think it will be extremely interesting to see the long-lasting impacts the pandemic has had on the field of social work.

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Average Rating: 5stars  podcast review, Saturday, February 06, 2021

By Anonymous :

This podcast described a unique perspective on the pandemic. Although it has devastated communities globally, it has provided unique opportunities for social work students. It tested the ability to problem solve and think on your feet as well as encouraged communication and collaboration to help navigate the situation. Students were able to learn new skills and contribute to the community in new ways. Before the pandemic, placements were done at one agency which limited experiences. The pandemic allowed agencies to work together for an increase of opportunities and allowed students to make a difference in new ways. I think that the skills that students are learning through navigating field placements during this time will be long lasting and helpful for future careers in social work.

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