Welcome to today's special event, making a difference with a Bachelor of Social Work. My name is David Richardson Anne from all of us here at Walden University. We thank you for taking the time out of your day to join us. Please note that this webinar will be archived so you'll have an opportunity to view the presentation again or even share it with a friend or colleague. If you need accommodations to attend this webinar, please contact email@example.com. Before we get into today's content we want to take a moment to go over a few items to make sure you get the most out of this program. On the screen in front of you, you'll see the main presentation. A chat window. And a section for so many questions for the Q and a portion at the end of the event. All of these windows as well as other items of interest can be opened and closed at your convenience. Using the toolbar at the bottom of your screen. You can size these windows as you see fit so feel free to set them to your comfort levels. 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Everyone this is doctor, Lisa Moon and I'm the Dean of the Barber Solomon School of Social Work. And I would like to welcome you first of all this morning for taking time out of your busy schedule to come listen to us talk about a program that we're very excited about. Florida social work program, I've been with Walden University since the inception of their social work program some almost 7 years ago now. And I was the original director of The Bachelor's social work program in design, most of the curriculum. So this is a exciting program. We're glad you're here to listen to us and I would like to introduce to you. Doctor Angela Gaddis, who is the director of RBSW program. Good morning. Thank you doctor moon, it is such so exciting as Doctor Moon said to be here today. I have been with Walden since the inception of social work on 2013 they started with their MSW program and then. Just saw the need of developing this Bay SW program and I worked alongside Doctor Munazah contributing faculty member too. Help her an along with others to help design this program so it was an honor and a privilege to be able to step into this role. And it is just so exciting to see this program come to fruition and to see what this program. It's doing within academia for social work. With that we have a doctor Spinner, who is our field director for the BSW program as well. Good morning, everyone thank you doctor moan and Doctor Gaddis I am also. Walden alumni so when I come to speak to you. I really want you guys to understand that I have experienced what it was. It was like as a student I completed my pH D program through Walden University. An I have been with walled in since 2017. I was hired as the director of field experience for The Bachelor of social work, so I have been. With the field experience since its inception as well. I'm very excited to share all the wonderful and exciting things that we have to offer. In our Bachelor of social work program and also all the wonderful things, that we've already seen from the students that have come before you have completed their Bachelor of social work so thank you. OK, without further ado, we're going to look at the agenda for today's meeting and again welcome you and tell you how? Side we are I think you can hear how excited we are about our program and you have 3 very experienced people here. With this program and his doctor, Spinner said with Walden so we're going to talk a little bit about Walden. Doctor Gaddis will share some highlights of the faculty who teach in our program. She's going to talk to you about what the BSW program is like? Then we're going to take a little time to talk about the skills lab portion of our program as well. As the field experience doctor, Spooner will come in and talk to you about that, so you'll have a great understanding of. The things that will be required of you in this program and then we'll tell you about some support services that Walden has in place for you. And then probably most important will talk to answer your questions and hopefully give you all the information. You need to help you as you start this journey. So first of all we wanted to talk about the fact that Walden is 50 years old. An excuse me we understand that. For some universities that's not a long time. But for our University that has been providing on line education. An graduating adult learners that is a very long time and we're proud to say that we have over 140 one thousand. Alumni, who were all across the globe, changing lives for the better. One of the most important things on this slide that you need to see is that Waldens BSW program. Is accredited by the council social work education? And we received our initial accreditation in 219, will be up for re affirmation in 3 years. But that is very important because if you want to continue your education. In an MSW program or obtain a license, sure most people require that your program be accredited by CSWE. Walden does have a great deal of experience in licensure, leading programs. Excuse me again, I'm sorry and social work is one of those but also you see on the list nursing counselor. Accounts in counselor education and psychology, so basically Wilder knows how to do programs that lead to licensure. We have financial assistance available to all of our students. And Doctor Gaddis can talk about that in a support services. But they work directly with you 1 on one to help you do the things that you need to do. As well as all of our student support from enrollment, the graduation. There's always somebody there. I think we hear from students that they were afraid to enroll in an online environment or in an online program. For the fear that they might be in a silo in all by themselves and that's another very important. In fact, we want to get across to you today. That is not true. There is somebody here 24 hours a day. Oh no Walden Line, who can help you. Finally, another reason that I am just thrilled to work at Walden University. And have a social work program here is that when Walden was initially started their passion was for social change. They realize that they would be educating people who would be across the Globe and those people would gain the skills they needed to really make. A difference in their community that goes hand in hand with the profession of social work were dedicated to making changes in the? Communities that we live in helping people come to life 2 different things and like I said that's what social workers do. So it goes hand in hand with the wild admission. Who are BSW faculty aren't going to let Doctor Gaddis talk about that one because that's another one where we just really shine. Hey guys, I am just so excited about sharing some information with you about the VFW faculty becaus. We have faculty all across the nation with varied experiences in working with individuals working at the community level. Working at the government level an advocacy issues and I think that's something that really sets us apart another distinguishing factor is. That all of our faculty are required to have a PhD and practice some practice experience in social work. So when you have an instructor at at Walden. They're coming to you with not only skilled but also a great amount of knowledge. Uh a social work an experience that they're bringing into the plants right so I want to share with you just just a few of those. A few updates specifically Dominic hopefully hymen is from North Carolina. She has just been reappointed to the board of Durham County Department of Social services. She is very involved at the macro practice level at well, she was just involved in some advocacy work. With the Durham commissioning office doctor, Julie Hopkins is there as well, and Doctor Hopkins is very focused on mental health. And substance abuse and does a lot of research and practice and the Tennessee and West Virginia areas doctor shakila flintroy is? One of our faculty that is doing research in the Washington, DC area. She is extremely focused and excited. About helping African American young ladies. Who are pregnant to complete that pregnancy with healthy maternal an infant babies and so she is doing a great deal of work with the Department of Health. In the Washington, DC area is working on a publication that will come out later this spring on rise. And pregnancy related issues with African American women, an doctor Debbie nailed dead emails as our research one in research to instruct her in our program. Anna I have to laugh because doctor Mills get so excited about teaching undergraduate student about research and let me say that research is one of those. Areas that students often are very fearful about an often go into with just some real trepidation and concerns. Doctor Mail Thunder stands that and she has years of experience in teaching that that course and so she brings her excitement. Experience into the plats way, and makes it a course that students just very, very good excuse me get excited about. And get Bay successful with. She has multiple research projects that she's working on like now one of those is. A lot of those are focused in the world community areas in Georgia and Western Kentucky, an antenna see, she's also. Director of the youth scholars program in her area and then in her spare time she said facilitator of a bereavement. Support Great Doctor Steiner. I'll let her share some of that herself a little later but I know doctor. Spooner also specializes in North Dakota. And working with trauma victims an it's very, very uhm successful an working with trauma. An in mental health as well, my background. I've been practicing working with mental health. I've worked with military. Families and children, all over Europe and in the United States also have a focus in Mississippi and working with victims of human trafficking. And working in partnering with some other non profit agencies and government agencies right now on some task force. An research and program development and those areas, so when you come to us at the student we are not. Just bringing you in just 2 for you, just to learn from a textbook. We're bringing you into the classroom. For you to learn from a textbook and our experience that I think that's something that just like I said, before sets us apart and set their faculty apart and it's. Very exciting. Next line. Play. So while Walden? You know why not I guess I would say why not? We are I believe one of the best priced. Programs if you look at it on the Continuum. We fall right in the middle and Walden is constantly. Looking at ways to benefit the student and to make the program, the best. Bang for your Buck so to speak so we're going to do everything we can, we have support services. And financial assistance that will do everything they can to make this affordable. One of the things that I think is so exciting is that? If you desire to go onto your MSW and you stay with Walden to do that you are thin qualified. For an alumni discount that is a significant discount so. Why not come in with your future DSW an get a valued program and then continue getting a value program? Into your MSW we are very personalized program. I think a lot of students think that the cause. It's online. That, it is a large program and you're not going to be be individualized and personal that is not true with that. We have a classroom of around 20 students. Faculty are always available there, you can reach them by email, you can reach them by to classroom chat. And so there are constantly ways to be involved. Faculty are going to be involved in the classroom faculty are going to get to know you? They care about you and we want to do everything we can to make you successful. Experiential opportunities we are, we keep you of course, like I said great textbook discussion board assignment. But we Also bring that to light with case studies with videos with all different types of learning modalities. One of the things I love about Walden. Is that it is focused on online education for all of its resources are going to? How do we make the? A great experience for our students and we are always looking at ways that you can take your skills that you're learning in those. Blackboard classrooms and get experience. With that before actually going into the field. It's beyond just learning in the classroom, but it's getting that experience with? We're going to talk about skills lab and failed to later little later but that is one of the ways in doing that. OK next slide, please. So let me just tell you a little bit, just an overview about our program that I think is that I think some of these bullets are. Just basic information that it's important for you, we are 1/4 based program versus semester. So 67 quarter credit. In your courses. That doesn't like your field experience. We have 5 optional focus areas addictions forensic crisis and trauma courts and the legal system. And help care. We require that you have 25 elective courses. Hum from one of these focus areas. We've done with will I have tried to stay in step with? The demand of the market and the labor market in labor market. Excuse me in the field and these are the 5 areas that. Same to be in most demand an in high demand and the labor market. So we're we're trying to prepare you. For for the labor market once you have graduated our classrooms are asynchronous and what that means is that. Up in the morning at 6:00 o'clock and figured coursework before you go to work you can do it at your lunch. Our extended lunch hour are you can stay up at midnight. If you're like me, I'm a night person. So I do a lot of my work at night, an hour classes being asynchronous allow you to do your work. On your time schedule, so that has worked beautifully for people who have full time jobs full-time families. Maybe other careers and I've decided to change careers. It gives them that flexibility to do this coursework when. It works at them as I said earlier. We do have discussions assignment. Other exercises that allow you to enter face with your class. Like you do not feel isolated at all, I think that's one of the fears that students have about an. Online education is just how isolated am I going to be sitting at my house or at my office or at the. Copy shop doing that, well, we give you so many opportunities to interact to enter phase actually got all required that you do that. With your own structure and with your classmates that you do not feel isolated in this process. One of the key ways that we break that barrier is our skills lab. Skills lab is like 6 weeks course. That you will take white before you go into your field placement. Skills lab is typically a very small class usually about 14 to 15 in the class. That truly allows you to begin laying the foundation for filled experience and that doctor Spooner or your instructors work with you. On getting your paperwork done getting your agreements for filled filled out and completed but also you are beginning to do. Exercises and prepare for getting into field and getting into the working world. In the middle of that six week time period, you were going to actually fly to a location currently those locations. In Atlanta, GA are Phoenix, AZ you will spend 4 days. Face to face with your classmates that you've already been in class with for probably 3 to 4 weeks. Annual instructor. This is where do you see face to face myself doctor. Spooner other instructors that you've been in classes? And you get to meet and we are actually going to get to see you and your classmates and work with you. I'm doing role play on doing interviewing skills on completing assessments on practicing a group facilitating a group, so. Guys I think this is the component that Walden takes a lot of pride in and it's education like. Now let me say this some students. Are very fearful? Maybe you've never flown across the country to Atlanta or to Phoenix so maybe you'd never blown. And maybe you've never been away from your family. We get that and we're going to provide all the support that you need to help you get on that airplane. To help you get away from your family if you need to some people bring their families with them. Some people think that that's a break and so it's just however you want to do this we're going to work with you. I will have to say that at the end of those, 4 days. Every time it never failed students are so excited about this experience that they say. I wish it could have been longer. I wish we had more of these opportunities so I just. Just say it over and over and over don't let skills lab be something God stands in the way. But they had as an opportunity, said as a benefit of your educational experience. Um. I think licensure prep that's something I haven't talked about as that remain said. Walden knows about life in German. But then we do it well, one of the things that we will be integrating into skills lab is. Helping you to prepare for your life and Jerry Sam currently about 37 States and the District of Columbia. Require licensure exam at the BSW level for social workers were going to help you prepare for that life insurance and. Once you graduate so again we're not going to just throw you out there where you felt unprepared, but we're going to come around you. And support you in this process. OK, well, we now. Alright, we kind of skipped ahead to skills lab that's OK. We skipped experiential learning about it. Yeah, I know so I'll pick this one up and talk about this? When I was kind of swap there a little bit. We wanted to talk to you just a little bit about kind of some of the different ways that wild and is helping students to learn. And if you look at this video you see a computer screen and then you see a video we were very proud of the fact that. At the start of the BSW program, we actually uhm used. Faculty members an myself and some professional people we wrote scripts for the people that you see in the corner. This is the Bargas family. And then Linda Forte, who is their social worker and we actually set up a virtual community that the Bargas family all operates. Ian and they come to see Linda at her office and we use different snippets from those videos in the classroom. So while you may talk about Miss Bargus in human behavior class. Then you'll talk about Amy and the practice class and. You'll learn to use this family to help you see the different ways that social workers can work. In addition to that below that you'll see a picture of virtual reality experiences that we're currently doing it skills lab. We have very talented faculty at Walden and 5 faculty member got members got together an we wrote different. Scenarios to be viewed in virtual reality. Once you see or people who actually have VR goggles own and they're watching Usain play out between a social worker anyclient. The first one, that we did was a field experience safety course that we like to let our students do right before they enter field practice. So that it gives you kind of of an experience of practicing before you're in the field. So that if you have questions or you have different ways that you might have done something you actually get to practice it in the VR setting. And it's really neat, we have students that just say can we have more and more and more of this. So what we're in the process of now, is writing more scenarios that can be incorporated into our classroom. So our hope is that in the next year. So you would actually use. VR goggles watch a scenario and then participate in either a discussion board. Or, a paper on what you would do is a social worker with that client next. So we're just like Doctor Gaddis was saying. Just very, very excited about all these different modalities that we have to offer you. So that you don't get bored and it's not just a Oh I have to go do this year. Excited to learn and all of this experience, a learning the virtual reality the skills lab. All of this leads to the last part of your education at Walden or anywhere else but just field experience. And Doctor Spooner knows this better than anybody, so I'm gonna let her talk. Thank you doctor moon so one thing I think that I wanted to highlight when it doctor moon in. In doctor gas in both mentioned this, but I want you guys to understand that even though we are an online program. We really in Walden, even more than me is. An expert in this area, so even though you might be afraid. I want you to understand that you are getting the best of the best when we talk about online platforms and online learning. And it is constantly being updated so that the best in best quality program and services are being provided to you as students. With That being said, though when it comes to skills lab, we are there face to face so that you have. Name you have a contact and even prior to that going into field experience I am always available. I'm here to meet your needs into sure that you have what you need going forward into field. I know there's always a lot of apprehension about skills lab and also probably feel because for most of you. Even if you have previous degrees, it probably is the first time that you were ever doing a field experience or. Internship. Internship type of experience for a degree. The beauty of the field experience, though, is that you really get to. Go out into the real world as as a practicing social worker under the advisement of. Of a social worker in a field of your choosing and you get to do it in your home community so. It is this wonderful opportunity, where you get to learn from someone that has the degree in a real life environment. An I think just like Doctor Gaster talked about. The beauty of this degree is that it spreads across the Continuum. You can work from babies in utero until the day, someone dies in everywhere in between with. An undergraduate in social work, so it's a very large umbrella of opportunities for you field gives you the opportunity to. Select something that you might be interested in maybe something you've never experienced before under the advisement of of. Already, a professional in the field it allows you to make professional connections with social workers it allows you to be immersed. In the life of a social worker in it. It helps you identify and narrow down your interests. Maybe things that you're not interested in. It allows you to develop a professional identity under the advisement in amongst other professional social workers. We never expect you to be alone in that process. So field is under the advisement of lots of different players from your academic advisor who helps you get enrolled into your skills lab. Come to the team that works with, he once you're in field. So when you're in field, you will be doing it 2 consecutive quarters. And In addition to the actual internship. There is a course that is paired with that, it, senior seminar one and Senior Seminar 2. The beauty of that senior seminar classes that it is intended to help guide you through field so the activities the discussions that assignments. Are taught by your field liaison so that's the Walden faculty? Who really is your connection to Walden while you're in field. And the beauty of that is. You meet with that group who is going to be your field liaison an other students that are in field. Once a week in a face to face live environment, so you are provided with. On demand instantaneous question and result type of activities with your field liaison, you process through your learning agreement with that field liaison. Different case notes different assignments related to experiencing different opportunities in your agency. And the beauty of that is that you also learn not only about your field experience, but all the other field experiences. And potentially you're going to have students in your course. Maybe from 8 or 9 different states so not only are you getting to learn about what policies and experiences are happening in your own local community, but across the United States. And to me that is one of the greatest values of online education that you would not get any other place. The. The field experience requires that you complete 200 hours per quarter for 2 consecutive quarters, so in total, you will be completing 400. Hours of field experience it is intended to work with a very busy lifestyle. So if you break out the 200 hours over quarter. It's about 20 to 22 hours a week. I'm working in a field experience and I think one of the most common questions. I tend to get. Is I work full time in a family? How am I going to make this work and my first response? Always is that is the beauty of social work, so if you work, let's say 8 to 5 job. Family. The beauty of social work is that we work in virtually every setting so I would say to you. Then you want to look at agencies that offer 24/7 services residential services so domestic violence shelters homeless shelters. Hospitals nursing homes residential care facilities, maybe for individuals with disabilities. Or maybe youth or maybe addiction services. I always say. Never say never because the beauty of our degrees that we will find those opportunities for you, an yes. We can find them. I live in a very small community and my other program that I worked out as the field director. I could find placements for 15 students in our town has probably 35,000, so it is doable. I think the other beauty of the field experience at Walden is that we don't expect you to leave your. Community to complete your field experience. We will find together, we will find a place for you in your local community. We have a wonderful program called metric, which is an online platform that. You will have access to as well as your field instructor and that's your social worker in your agency. As well as the liaison so everyone can access. What you need for field in that environment? I think the other thing is that? I have students all the time that will contact me early or maybe right you know 3 weeks before they're starting feel because they have a question. I am here to make sure that you have a good experience an I want you to know that. Even though it's online that you know that you can call doctor. Spooner and she will get back to you and she will answer your questions if she can't answer he'll find someone that can. Because I truly believe that Walden wants it to be a beautiful individual student focus student friendly students supported environment. And if you ask us, I guarantee you that we will provide that for you. Um so I think I've covered everything in that UM next slide. So the beauty of field experience at Walden is very similar to what doctor Gaddis had already talked about. In Doctor Moon is that? With an under graduate social work degree. Your options and opportunities for for job placement. Is? I almost want to say limitless there are so many different. Venues that you can utilize a social work degree even after undergraduate level. Some states. As doctor gas already said already licensed individuals at the undergraduate level. The beauty of that social of our social work degree is that because we are accredited by the council and social work education. You can take this degree from Walden and be licensed because you are from an accredited program. If you even don't license in your state in under graduate. It doesn't mean that you still cannot get jobs with a Bachelor of Social Work. The other additional beauty of that is because you are graduating from a CSW accredited program is that you can go into. Any Masters program and be considered that advanced adding particularly at at Walden, the benefit of that is that. You are already in the Walden system. There are several undergraduate requirements that you have already met with that degree. So if you go into the Masters program, you pretty much can get. Your advanced degree with another year and a half in. Hum. In that you would have your Masters degree. We have had several students that have actually completed RBSW program. Gone into MSW programming actually we've already had some that have already graduated that as well. Some of them have. Ben licensed at the undergraduate level. Some of them have been in states that did not license at the undergraduate level and they wanted to go right on to the Masters. I think the difference that I want you guys to understand for the undergraduate is that you are a generalist practitioner so. You're going to have a lot of information or a little information about a lot of different opportunities you're considered. A generalist practitioner once you get to the Masters degree that's where you can really start to kind of. Hone in on a very specific skills so sometimes in a Masters program. People want to go down a clinical path, sometimes people want to go down. Maybe a military path some may want to go down more of an addiction path, so at a Masters level you just become. A bit more specialized. However, the advanced standing program at at Walden is probably one of the best programs that you're going to find. Partly because what they said at the very beginning. We all have our pH. DS and that education an experience that you are. Able to Get from that type of faculty to me is Top notch. I don't I would venture to say that. You won't be able to find another program like that anywhere anywhere else. So even in field in even if you're in the BSW program. When we go to skills lab, you will have opportunities to meet. Faculty at the MSW program field educate coordinators at the MSW program so we really try to encourage and create an environment for students to. Hum. Have those resources. Presented to you in a face to face fashion throughout your degree so that you have those options and. And those opportunities made available to you and that their user friendly that they're easily assessable to you so that. When you guys have questions. We're here to answer them in a prompt fashion efficiently and effectively and we create that. Maybe where even though you might be online. We want you to feel like you're one of us. And back to You Doctor Gaddis. OK, well, I'll start and then if doctor, Gaddis joins us back, she can just step right in. At Walden and this is kind of what I alluded to earlier. We want to let you know that we support you. Again, we don't want people afraid to enroll in Walden are having second thoughts about it because they fear that they will be alone. We want you to know you will not be alone. In fact, I'm like Doctor Spooner I can have. Speak from personal experience my son is a student at Walden working on an undergraduate degree and his thing. Is is that somebody from Walden called him almost everyday. So you're never left alone or have any doubts about what you need to do. There are people here to help you with financial aid. We talked about that earlier. We have faculty that are available through their classroom or email or a lot of them set up Phone conversations with students as needed. We have a Top notch writing center if you struggle a little bit with writing they can help you. They actually can review a paper for you. Before, you submit it. They will not ride. The paper for you, but they will make suggestions. And how your paper could flow better or how to incorporate sources into the paper. They have templates available for you to use they are just there. Phenomenal the academic skills center again all kinds of services that are available there where you can actually have support while you're in the program that can help you get a resume together before your field placement. They can help you with job placement services or like doctor. Spinner talks about going on for a further degree. The student success, advising team is there, you will be assigned an advisor. And there's advisor will work with you throughout your career at Walden to help you stay on track. What classes should I take? What classes go well together they will advise you on every bit of that they will email you they will call you or you can leave a message for them. Where they can call you back at your convenience like we've talked about before a lot of people went? Are working and so they can't? Talk to somebody from 8:00 o'clock in the morning till 5:00 in the afternoon so these people are available. After 5 to help you and then there's the Career Center. Often times when people get to the end of their education. There just not sure what they want to do next. So the careers center is there to help you again figure all of this out talk about where you can go what you can do as well as some pretty phenomenal faculty and I would advise you. To stay in contact with Doctor Spooner because, as the directora field. She has access to all of these things and knows what? You know where things are happening in what's going on. So basically the purpose of this slide again is to let you know, we support you we help you were there for you. We want you to enroll in our program. I think we have one of the best undergraduate social work programs in the country. I am on the Council of social work education, so I can say that because I've seen other programs. So, please, please, please the next slide says ask us questions. We're here. We're all available an happy to answer anything. An I think David may have some questions for us already. Yes, absolutely, but we did get a few questions come in for most part based around skills lab and field experience. So the 1st question was are skills labs costs included in the tuition. I can answer that no they are not. But the only cause that she went color or the travel cost. To get to the different locations and then your lodging and food cost, while you're there. There's no actual tuition charge bar skills lab. So you actually just have to. Take care of yourself while you're there and I think that we have students an when you're talking to a? Your student success advisor, they can talk to you about the facts and they actually have videos to show you where we have. Interviews with students. Who talk about they thought the cost was high they were worried about? What was going to happen and then? When they got there, they experience was so great that they didn't even remember any of that. Thank you so we did have a few questions about field experience. The first was is there a list of. Agencies in different areas that participate with the Walden student in the field. Action Center you want to take that one. She may have. Going on mute like I did, and did not realize that I was just talking earlier and then did not realize that you could not hear me. So I'll jump in there. There is there is a doctor. Spinner currently is the field coordinator field director. She has a whole list of agencies now. Let me say that that you know your community better than anyone and I think the beauty of Walden. Is that we do allow you to make a difference in your own community by doing that field experience? Right there, so if there is not already a field agreement set up or an agency agreement set up. Web Walden University Dr Spinner will help you with that process, but please be in touch with her like Doctor Moon said communicate with her. Let her know you know where do you live? Are there any agencies that already have agreement and if not then then she will work with you to give you some? Ideas of agencies that may be able to work with you. So another cluster of questions. There are multiple ones, coming in that are essentially the same question. People currently working in a social work related field or something similar are they able to utilize that. Current job experience for their field experience. After Spain are you? Weather. Sometimes technology guys and that's something that we just kind of have to roll with the great thing again is that Walden will do everything we can to help you with that as well. But. So the answer to that is that CSWER credit can body will not allow you to count. Work. As your field experience, however, Doctor Spooner can work with your supervisor and discuss with them are there other? Areas that you can work within your agency with different task assignment with different hours, not the hours that you were there. Tell your job that. That you can count as your field an example of that as a hospital. Aurora mental Health Center that has multiple different. Fields of service, so maybe at the hospital. You are working as a an aide. You want to become a social worker. So Doctor Spooner could discuss with the director of social services. There, the opportunities that you might have to actually work. Within that social work Department when it's not on your own applock when it is not within your job description. The counselor social work will not allow us to count your job as your failed so I spent hours. Because this is a learning experience. We want to you to learn something different to what you're already doing. And we want to equip you to do things skills with skills that are different than what you already have. So it's great answer are home based? How do you handle home based programs for potentially being used as field experience? I think Doctor Spinners back now. OK Gotcha Spinner. Out of Need and Doctor Moon Champion, but I would need some clarification as to what they are referring to. At home base. Are you? So if we could get that clarification. Do you have any insight on that while I wait for that to come back. I mean, we can move on to a different question if that works. Excellent OK, so we didn't have questions about the field experience and skills labs are those components mandatory for the program. Yes, they are, and Yeah Skills Lab is mandatory and infield is mandatory and those hours are set by CSWE. So it does not matter what undergraduate social work program. You go to you're going to have to complete the 400 hours. Experience so yes, those are mandatory. OK so now you talked about prior job experience counting how it may or may not count towards field experience, but do prior field experience is. In the field specifically in social work count towards those 200 hours, the answer to that one is no again. And that is set by the council social work education, they do not allow us to count previous life. Our work experience as part of the field again kind of like Doctor Gaddis said they want this to be an experience that you have. After you have completed your social work hours and gotten a little more experience, but that that would be the same with. Any social work program that is mandated by our accrediting body. OK, it looks like we did get clarification on the home based program question. They reference home based programs that work with families. Dealing with families in crisis and Emergency Situations. Of course, basically the major requirement is that there be a social worker. In that age and see if there is a social worker. In that agency then doctor. Spooner can set up what we call an affiliation agreement with the agency. She works really hard to do that, and then yes, you could use that another thing that resource that she has. Is it because the MSW program? Was started 3 years before the BSW program? The MSW is a couple of years ahead of us. And so they have a multitude of agencies that they have already completed agreements with so doctor. Spooner can kind of get into there. Databases well. So they can actually we can utilize that so finding a field placement is not a difficult thing to do. Sometimes it's challenging but that's what we have doctor Spooner, an she works with you 1 on one to make sure that that happens. And this is Doctor Spooner. I was able to call in I think the other thing is, is that. We're constantly starting new agreements with. Entities and agencies every day and so there's a lot of opportunities for us to establish relationships with agencies that the students are interested in but? Also ones that are contacting us. And honestly it's because we've had such a good reputation that they're calling us, saying, Hey, we would love to take some your Walden students. And doctors dinner haven't we successfully placed all of our students, thus far. I believe we have and that app doesn't opportunity. Yes, yes, so yeah, it seems like everyone. Yes, Yeah. OK, so how soon into a program does the field experience begin? So that's an excellent question in I hate to say it depends but sometimes it does depend we. Utilized skills lab as really the opportunity in the. The time where we're really focused on. Getting ready for field placement, however, if there is a student that is, you know wants to organize and plan out there holding. I will work with them 1 on one to establish that I think the thing that I always warn students about when we're looking at field is that? The larger of an entity that you are considering going into field experience. Tends to take a bit more time than if we're looking at a small nonprofit with you know with one social worker and a secretary in a board of director so. It really kind of depends on what kind of experience you're interested in but we also I would say. Are always working on establishing some of the larger entity type of field placements for students So what? I would say is if a student has a question. Reach out to me an have that conversation because we really want to make sure that you were getting that experience that you want. We can sometimes get a field experience done in in less than a month. But if we're looking at a really large. Entity. There there is a side that the agency requires as far as field placement so I always say to students. Be aware of that and be thinking about that, we make some of these introductions is above the early entry. So short courses that students can start thinking about field kind of think about their populations. They're interested in experiencing. Uhm but Skills Lab is intended an incorporated into that whole field process to guide the students through filling out a filled application. Contacting agencies an what are the questions that I ask? What are the things that I need? So as we approach the end of the session. I wanna move away from the field experience and skills lab questions. A little bit and into some more general areas, so 1 question was and this is more of a support related issue. If you move imagine they're referring to moving to a different state? How would that impact your studies. Oh, that's a great question that's that's a great question. That's beautiful. That's the beautiful part of Walden is that wild and goes with you wherever you. May get you can take your laptop you take your classes and that would be something that you're again. Your advisor could work with you own and be sure that you're getting everything you need to be sure that there's no delay in classes or anything like that. But there's absolutely no requirement an where you would have to be located. Now, what, if a student wanted to continue into an MSW program? How would that work. Uh-huh. That's another great question and that was something that I was going to mention that I don't think would really. Highlighted maybe enough, but basically you would continue to work with your student success advisor an enrollment they would transition. You you would have to apply for the MSW program. But the beauty is that if you have a 3.0 GPA you would qualify for advanced standing. Weather I mean that's going to be true anywhere, but we really want you to stay at Walden Becaus. As I said earlier it's a financial great decision, but I hope that your educational experience is such that. You just really want to stay and continue with us your fill place that hours that you completed your best idea level. I'm going to count toward your MSW if you qualified for that advanced standing and. You're skills lab is going to Kuala to count toward that MSW so you could technically complete your MSW. And they advance standing program in one year, which again saves you saves you money so I think that. That is just to me, it's just one of the Great Advantages is that which Walden truly does invest. An the life long learner and wants you to start at that Bachelor level and continue on as far as you want to go. Excellent thank you. So we did have a question about the success rate for Walden students when they pass the for passing the exams necessary to become licensed. Another great question, we are working with our students to ensure that they have as much knowledge as we can get them. When you're actually enrolled in the field section and you're doing your field placement and you meet weekly with your field supervisor or uh? Another filled edgecator and we have actually purchased the licensure test from ASWB, which is the license for the people who give the test. And we go over old test questions with our students, so that they can begin to learn how to take the test what some of the answers are. How to incorporate that into that we've not had a lot of people take the test yet so we can't report a success rate because. I guess everybody's report right is 2 years back because most of our students go onto the MSW. But in our MSW program. We have had great success with students passing the licensure exam. And this is Doctor Scooter I just want to add that. As far as RBSW student. All of them that have completed the program, thus far are employed. And or have gone on to the MSW program. All right. Excellent. So we didn't have on it looks like we are approaching the end of the session. We did have some questions. About tuition and costs specifically you know what is the total cost of the program what we point out is that the best place to get a personalized estimate? Of your time and cost to completion of any program is really going to be to work with your enrollment specialist. Who will then help you make that determination based off of your specific circumstances another question though is? Where do we get the books? Books are easy you can their multitude of options. Walden offers book vouchers to help student get the book if they need assistance there. You can order them online once you're registered for class, there will be a little section on your uh. Home page where you'll say see course materials and it will walk you through the step of getting them. Or you're free to get your books from you know any other seller that you might like to. There was another follow-up there are various very specific questions about different circumstances that some of the individual perspective students. Are facing who would they? Be able to speak? To to get more information about their specific needs? Within the BSW program. Any of the three of us will be more than happy to talk with you email with you whatever. Form of communication you would prefer so you're happy so please email us and will be more than happy to set. Up any whatever you need to do. Excellent so that does look like that is all of the questions that we had so far. We are at the end of the hour that brings us to the end of the web and arm. We appreciate everybody taking time out of your busy schedules to join us today. Thank you for submitting all your wonderful questions. As a reminder this webinar will be archived. It can be viewed on demand. The link to access that will be sent in a follow up email. Please feel free to share this with a friend or colleague and we encourage you to connect with our faculty students. And alumni by connecting with Walden on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Thank you again to doctors moon goddess an Spooner for the presentation and to our audience for joining us today. Everybody please have a wonderful day. And if you need more information, Please remember you can always connect with your enrollment specialist. OK, we are.
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