Supervised Professional Practice – Field Education
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The Department of Social Work at Monash has a well-developed Supervised Professional Practice program, servicing students undertaking the Master of Social Work degree.
Students complete 1000 hours of supervised professional practice during their degree, across two placement units. Supervised professional practice is undertaken in a Human Service Organisation under the supervision of a professional and experienced Social Worker.
The purpose of the supervised professional practice program is to enable students to put into practice the social work theory and skills learnt at university.
A number of partnerships have been established by the field education team to offer students exciting learning opportunities in health, legal settings, family violence, education and community services, in government and non-government organisations across Australia.
All Social Work field placements are compliant with the Australian Association of Social Worker Education and Accreditation Standards (August 2019)
Health Requirements and Police Checks
Upon enrolment, students will be required to comply with the University’s mandatory immunisation requirements, police and working with children checks in readiness for clinical placements. Failure to hold satisfactory checks may result in students being unable to complete their course.
For further information about Fieldwork and placement requirements at Monash University, please visit Mandatory compliance for details.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for Supervised Professional Practice
Students that meet the eligibility criteria may apply for RPL for the first placement unit only. Details regarding eligibility criteria are available from the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) website - pg. 34 of the ASWEAS Field Education Standards https://www.aasw.asn.au/document/item/6073
If you have checked that you meet the eligibility criteria, and would like to apply, you will need to compile a portfolio of evidence, and submit this, along with a completed application form – which can be found below. For further information about the evidence requirements, please see the AASW website.
Completed applications should be submitted via the online credit portal.
Once your application has been received, you will be invited to attend an interview with the Field Education Coordinator.
The expected turnaround time for an RPL application to be assessed is 2 - 4 weeks. Please be aware that If your application is incomplete, the process may take longer.
Please also be aware that applications for RPL must be received by the end of June, in order for an assessment to be completed prior to the first-year placement, starting in September. No applications will be accepted after the 30th of June.