Practicum in Social Work

Advanced Level Masters of Social Work Field Placement

Counseling & Psychological Services
2100 Watkins Health Center
1200 Schwegler Drive
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045-7559
785-864-2277, FAX: 785-864-2721

AGENCY DESCRIPTION for Advanced Level Masters of Social Work:

CAPS is the direct service counseling unit available to all enrolled students at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Permanent clinical staff includes clinical social workers, counseling and clinical psychologists, and a full time psychiatrist. CAPS consists of two services: the Clinical Service and the Testing Service. Clinical service is conducted from a bio-psycho-social developmental model by clinicians trained in a variety of theoretical perspectives and skills. The social work graduate student placed at CAPS works primarily within the clinical service. CAPS is committed to the overall mission of the university with an emphasis on maximizing potential for a successful university experience for our clients. CAPS also is committed to providing careful and thorough professional training to graduate students. The CAPS training program includes psychology interns and practicum students as well as social work trainees.

CAPS serves a diverse body of 29,000 students. Twenty three percent are graduate students; 31% are non-residents of Kansas with 6% international students. Eleven percent of the student body belongs to a racial minority of the U.S. population, 3% are married, 49% are male and 51% are female. CAPS clinical service clients tend to reflect each of these categories of the student body very closely (within 2%) except that a much higher percentage of female than male clients is typically seen.


Students receive 1 hour of individual field instruction/supervision per week from their primary supervisor, and 1-2 hours per week group supervision including both social work trainees and both social work field instructors. In addition, students participating as co-leaders in group therapy receive supervision from the senior staff co-leader. Each office is equipped with a webcam and students are required to record most therapy sessions. These recordings are reviewed with the field instructor and other staff as appropriate. Students are also required to keep case records that are reviewed with the field instructor. Ethical practice and professional attitude are fostered through frequent overt attention to matters of respect, awareness and use of difference, role clarity, thoroughness and completeness of records, and through continuing education. Students are expected to demonstrate growth in areas of therapeutic skill, professional team membership and ethical consciousness throughout their placement to prepare them for entry into their profession with competence and confidence. Following each semester, students are evaluated on their professionalism, skill development, and effectiveness with feedback from the entire CAPS senior staff. The purpose of these evaluations is to adjust goals for student growth and provide for remediation of any areas of weakness as well as to communicate the student's progress to the appropriate faculty.

Direct Clinical Practice:

Social work students are at CAPS 24 hours per week during which they conduct 10-12 hours of direct client service through intakes, urgent care, and ongoing therapy sessions. Clients may be seen in individual, couple/family or group treatment modes.

Students are required to attend a weekly clinical staff/case conference meeting on Thursdays from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. They are also required to attend a weekly one-hour evaluation seminar and a weekly one to two hour professional issues seminar. Students attend in-service training, case conferences, and other meetings as appropriate.

Indirect Practice:

Students provide regular liaison, consultation and support services to campus organizations and residence units. Students may develop programs with other campus units and are required to participate in a variety of outreach activities. Students are encouraged to develop specific areas of interest and to participate in activities with other social work and psychology trainees.

Weekly Schedule for Social Work Interns in Hours

Direct Client Sessions  
Initial Assessments (intake) 1.0
Individual/Couple Therapy 7.0
Urgent Care (crisis) Sessions 1.0
Group Therapy 1.5
Total Direct Client Sessions 10.5
Other Direct Service Activity  
Provision of Outreach Services 1.0
Case management, records, & other activities 2.0
Total Other Direct Service 3.0
Individual Supervision Received  
Individual Supervision Re: Individual/Couples 1.0
Individual Supervision Re: Group 1.0
Group Supervision Received  
Group Supervision re: individuals/couples 2.0
Group Supervision of Outreach 1.0
Total Supervision Activity 5.0
Other Training Activities  
Intern Process Meeting 1.0
Evaluation Seminar 1.0
Professional Issues/Diversity Seminar 2.0
All-staff Case Team Meetings 1.5
Total Other Training 5.5
Total Per Week 24.0



  • Maturity, experience, flexibility and initiative are desired.
  • Student must have completed a course in psychopathology before the start of the placement.
  • Student is to mail copy of resume prior to interview.
  • Advanced level student is to bring copy of first-year practicum evaluation to interview.
  • Professional liability insurance is required.
  • TB check is required and provided by agency.
  • Student MUST attend certain agency meetings: 8:15-9:30 a.m.,Thursdays.
  • Two evenings (Tuesday and Wednesday) are available for flex time. Student is expected to work during portions of the semester break.
  • Student is expected to report for orientation August 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, & 20, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30p.m. Regular schedule will begin August 21 (first day of classes) and end December 19, 2008; begin January 12 and end May 8, 2009. Students are not expected to work over fall or spring break.
  • Flexible Practicum Times are available: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings until 8:00 p.m.
  • Will consider the following level of student: MSW CLINICAL


Students must report for duty on August 11 for orientation (as above). Students are expected to work during portions of semester break (as above). Students are required to attend Clinical Meeting on Thursdays, 8:15 - 9:30 AM and seminars as scheduled. Students may work on Tuesday and/or Wednesday evenings until 6:00 PM.

UPDATED: 8.21.2009



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