Welcome to today's special event, making a difference with the Master of Social Work. My name is David Richardson. And 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 web and R 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 disability. Hotmail.waldenu.edu. 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 presentation. On the screen in front of you, you'll see the main presentation. The chat window. And a section for submitting questions for presenters 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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David hi everyone, my name is doctor, Lisa Moon on the theme of the Barber Solomon. Pull up social work here at Walden University. Penguin are so thrilled that you took time out of your busy schedule to join us tonight to hear more about our master. I still work program. We all understand that you're very busy with just gotten home from work gotta feed the kids get ready for bed. So can, we thank you for this and we hope that this will be enjoyable for you. I'm done with Walden University for 7 years now and started with the? How's work harder when it began and then have just had the privilege of being here. and I have another privilege of introducing to you dot. And with the program director for the Ms Def Yeah. Thank you doctor Maine I again just want to offer my welcome to everyone and how much we appreciate you. Dropping in to hear about our exciting program. I am have been with Walden for about 14 years now starting in the Human Services program and then moving over into social work. Wants the position became available and I missed or did the person who manages the MSW program taking care of. Any problems that come up and my best. The best thing I enjoy about being at Walden is how innovative programs are and how we're always looking. For something new to do things that haven't been done before and always trying to take our program to the next. Um stage I'm very proud to present doctor doctor. Doctor Donna Maclean, who is that field director in an online program had in success in your field program. Is very very important and she manages along with her very committed team to keep our placement levels high? The quality of our field placements high and to provide students with what they need in order to be successful. So Donna I'll let you introduce yourself. Hello everyone, I'm doctor, Donna Mcelveen as Doctor Denning said. I'm the director of field for the MSW program. I'm going to connect with everyone tonight and get your questions and interact with you as you consider the program. And it's welcome. OK, thank you guys for that very much. I would like to just go over a brief agenda of what we're going to talk about tonight. Does it still count? I have an idea of what we hope? To accomplish? And think about going to talk about the Walden Story and wild wild and we will reduce some of our faculty highlights. Talk about other NSW program overview skills lab field experience. And there, we go an answering the questions we haven't talked a little bit about this in support so that's kind of. Over tonight and of course, answering your questions on my favorite part of this presentation it. Could I get to talk to you about wild wild thing. And if you look on the flag. It says that it is almost 50 years. We are at 50 years now of providing. Degree programs to hire for higher education to adult online learners. And I know for a lot of people who are in a bricks and mortar University PPR sometime along time. But for an online University when you think about how technology has turned that's a long time. Well very proud of the fact that we have over 100 and 25,000 graduates who are around the world. Making a difference in their community because of the education that they received a Wildman. The next bot says something that should be very important to you, bananas that Wildens MSW program is accredited by CSWE. I would be remiss if I couldn't tell you that our intercept program was the first fully online accredited University. From the counselor social worker ducation. We're very proud of that and last fall. We were reaffirmed accreditation for another 8. Years and that just signifies to you, but we're doing our job correctly. Give me the education that you need so that when you graduate you will have the ability to sit for a life insurance. Damn and get the job that you want. When you talk about licensure. Wilding is the leader in unless ensure education programs. We have programs in social work. Nursing counseling education uneven psychology, where people can prepare to be practitioners. At a license level. That's a different kind of Education. We want you to eat good enough to pass that license her chest and wild and knows how to help you do that. We have a solid track record of success, we have over 750 graduates. Battery Mcelvain in her phenomenal team had placed over 1200 students and field experience and a doctor Danny said. That's the key to an MSW program. You can get a good education. But if they can't assist you in getting up. Low price not the not education really is not worth what it needs to be. We have personalized student support where you're going to have people assist you from the time you in row. To the time you graduate we don't want anyone to ever feel like they're in a silo or through by themselves or they can't. Figured this out, so there's we have constant support there and I can personally speak to this one because my son is also a student at Walden University. And he talks constantly about how much wild and reaches out to him and offers help. Find Maria Passion for social change when Barney and Rita Turner first started wild in University that was there. Goal is to educate people who might not otherwise get an education in the world or the remote areas where they lived so that they can make. The change in that community. That speaks to exactly the nation of the social work profession. We talk about as social workers. We want to change the world we want to make changes. And organizations and communities to help people do better, so if you combine the two of those things, Wilder. In social work. It's just like a hand in hand relationship that just goes wonderfully well. But. What do we miss proud of I'm the most proud of MSW faculty and I'm going to let doctor? Talk to you and tell you about the wonderful people that will be helping you get your education. Right. One of the first things people usually ask me or who are your faculty the where, did they come from and. What did they do and so here it's just a snapshot about who are in US? Double stack complete on my laptop. We have over 200 faculty that teach for us, both full and part time. And they're very diverse based on. Age race, sexual orientation their areas of practice and their experiences also everyone is. Everyone is a doctor so people would say I never made it through the call. Doctor and who not to call doctor. I'm like column all doctor. They worked hard for you and they earned it. And so you'll find that everybody that teaches you is prepared at the Doc Tauriel level. They may be moot. Inspire you to go get your doctor, it and come back and teach for us, we have them from. All across the country and they work in all areas from schools to hospitals to mental health agencies to CTS. Working with the elderly lobbying writing policies advocating for people who are oppressed an. But you really also all have a passion for educating the next generations of social workers if you. Take a look at them among them, we have people who have testified on Capitol Hill. We have a winner of the lifetime achievement award from the Black Social Work Association. We have people that are very involved with ASW. With the caps on social work education. Uh that have very different interests. We have people that knew from the day, they were born. They wanted to be a social worker. We had people that had first degrees and then. Decided they wanted to change careers and can't come back for social work, they established themselves through practice experiences. And research, we have a faculty member whose just published today in International Journal. So there's now these areas that had so much education and so much practice that they only met your life. In talking about. And sharing with you their real life situations and the things that kept them working on their why they'll also share with you there's a wall then. Watch ease Walden out of all the places that you can work so as you hear about opportunities to not only see it. You'll hear about opportunities not only this fear faculty. In the classroom, but also it skills lab where we usually have 40 to 50, there an you can see him and talk to him. And have all the experiences and learn from them. So we're very proud of them and they are one of the things I found instead. Instructor is either make or break your experience so we have tried to put together a group that are going to. Make your practice experience is wonderful. I'm talking about the program. In general. There are one of the things is very moderately priced compared to other programs an. It's designed to meet the needs of working professionals. I was talking to a student on the Phone last week and she was telling me. She wanted her son to come here, he's in a brick and mortar school and studying social work and. What a great thing but she's in the social work program and he's gonna be joining us in June in the social work program. Just because she feels like he'll have it's been such a good experience for her. We know that a lot of you are a lot of our students. Um have jobs about 75% report that they are working in the profession in some way they have. Children they have all kinds of responsibilities that their parents and their communities. And this program is designed so that it shot from our field seminar. And our skills lab, you never have to be face to face to get your work done and that's really important so if you're a CPS worker. In your own call at night. You can do your work in the day. If you work during the day or you working residential facilities. And you have a strange schedules, you can accommodate that in. In our program a lot of times when people think about online dating. I'm going to be in these huge classrooms. Your classrooms are never going to have more than 15 students in them and even in field that's best. So. There's going to be an opportunity for you to be 1 to one with our faculty through things like talking on line. Through buying communication when you need it email conversations, but we really encourage our students to enter faculty to just talk on the Phone because. That makes it much easier to understand each other. Whenever you need help or or need assistance. I think we are supportive, not only of your education and of the things you need to know, but they also understand. Immediately and what it's like to go to school and have all these other responsibilities. They still expect you to meet due date, so don't think that won't happen. But they they do understand that and will also you ideas about how you can use your time and your. Energy to do that. Add program is based on providing you with as many realities of social workers you can imagine. Once you go into the field placement or work, she go into your first job it is amazing, the things that you see. Hum. And the second you experience and things other people don't know anything about uhm so one of the uh. Opportunities we do in our classrooms is we have case studies that you read we have media that you watch. And talk about and discuss it skills lab, we have anything called virtual reality in which? You can watch on goggles on your cell Phone one of a scenario and you get to make choices about that. Scenario what would you say and then the client will respond based on what you are discussing with them and then you can? Go back and choose another. Response and see how the client would respond to that. That's currently being held in our skills lab an. We're waiting for it to go into the classroom soon. So we have many opportunities that lead you up to the infield ready. And then once your field ready, you would go into your field placement and we're going to turn that over to. Hum hum. Doctor Mcelveen to sort of talk about. I think we're going to scale slaps next to kind of talk about. That Israel and how those processes work. Well, that was a great segue doctor dhini I'm going to talk to you just a little bit about skill slab. Um what your skills lab skills buyout is something that is unique to Walden University. In that we do to help you practice the skills that we've helped you learn so that we know that you are ready to go to your field work. If you are in the regular MSW program, which is like a cue your presence. You want to think of it that way. You will go to skills that twice if you're in the advanced expanding program, which is square do you have? That's where you have an undergraduate social work degree and a 3.0 GPA you can just do. One year of study and one skills lab skills lab is a class that you actually enroll in a six week class. So you do course work for the first three weeks and then I will wait for you around the ground. Face to face with your other students and your Walden Faculty. Currently we hold skills labs in Atlanta, GA. And in Phoenix, AZ we hold those once a quarter all throughout the ear so they are convenient for everybody to attend. And you actually go to this facility when held in hotels and you learn more about social work we. Understand how scary that can be for people, leaving your home, leaving families and people have never flown or traveled. Try to get to experience that. But the things that you learn in the lessons that you get are invaluable normally on Day 4, when everybody is getting ready to go home. We have students ask us can, we please to stay one more day we're learning, so much. But it's a great opportunity for you to practice. Now we're not gonna take you there in just show you PowerPoint. And talk to you were gonna let you interact you'll be in a group of 12 students. We usually have 3 groups in a room. With three faculty members, he'll do some interesting things like your practice group skills work interviewing each other. You can take turns being the clients and people get to be the social worker and we swap those. Out all kinds of different things. We talk about practice with adults practice with elderly people practice with families. That even organization. So you get the benefit of hearing all of this in a face to face environment. We also do some really neat. Workshops on different types of modalities like cognitive behavior modality or school social worker military social worker writing grants. Again, so that we can give you as much knowledge as we can possibly give you to help you. Think about where you might wanna do your field work. Licensure preparation is in the middle of the slide because that is so, so, so very important, and we start the work on that. At skills lab when you lay the groundwork you actually go to a workshop type session where you hear topics. How to register for the test? Where do I take the test can you tell me some skills test? Some test taking tips. We provide all of that for you at skills lab to kind of kitschy started thinking about where I'm gonna go when I finish this degree. We prepare you farther build work at skills lab, the field coordinators are actually there, they're owned a ground. You get to talk to him face to face about what form do I need to fill out? Have I completed this correctly? I got a field. Where can I find a field placement all these multiple questions they answer for you while you're there? Finally, it gives you the opportunity to interact with peers and faculty you actually get to know some people in the programs. I often see people when they come back for their second skills lab, they'll say, Oh well. How do you last year it's? Let's do the answer. Let's Study together so it gives you that opportunity as well as talking to your faculty face to face. Doctor Denning told you about some of the ground breaking. Things are doing you can actually go talk to Doctor Hedrington Jones, about what it's like to lobby on Capitol Hill. Trust me it should be really happy to spend some time with you, or any of 'em real about the passion that we all have for what we do. But a big part where all this is leading is that we feel confident that she had the skills that you need. And you're ready to go to the most important part of this and that is filled practice and I'm going to let Doctor Mcelveen tell you. All about that. Hello everyone you've heard a lot of. References to field experience until experiences the can be known as internship or practicum can be some names, but this is the part where you get to. Apply the skills and the knowledge and social work values and ethics in a real life, setting in and. Agency. And this is a really important part of your learning, but it's also the beginning of your professional development because you'll. You'll begin to network when you're in your field placement, maybe with other social workers. Or maybe attend a conference where you meet other people in the profession. It's also a good point for your resumes you begin out. You know the work. You do in a field placement wallet is in their job and employment. It's real life experience so that's a great place to start your professional role as official worker. Borrar field process here at wild and we are very committed to having your coordinators understand the field of social work so. All of our field coordinators have an MSW degree. And they've all completed some field experience themselves and their own programs. They understand the profession. They understand what it takes. They can help you determine if agencies are appropriate for your level of learning their ability to partner and as we've mentioned. You have access to them through the virtual world of on line, but you also have access face to face. As you go to skills lab. And we do a lot of things to help prepare you and provide you resources so in some of your courses. You'll see some field preparation videos that will talk about next steps and. Kind of keep you on track of what comes next so you're ready to start applying for field and be ready for field. When you get the skills lab, you'll actually begin the process by submitting an application. You'll begin to think about what types of. Agency may work. Apple you're at leather your first year second year and while you're still sad again, you can meet with a coordinator to get any of those. Questions you may still have answered and they can help get you on track for field experience. There's really dedicated to partnering with you so we don't ask you to find your placement as far as have it all setup. We ask you to get to know your community. And you tell us what you're interested in in that community. We want you to begin to know where do social workers work? Where you live? What type of services are provided and this isn't only a helpful tip for you in your education but also when you begin the employment. It's really important to know where would those opportunities be so we asked you to do a community evaluation to come up with some. Ideas about places you would like to intern. We ask you just to reach out to some of those, and see if they even accept interns. And then we asked for your Top choice. And then will start from there, so will work alongside with you for this process and we really want to. Support you and we have a lot of resources available for you so I look forward to connecting with all of you at some point when you start the build process. Change the program and just getting to know your excitement about social work and where you hope to intern and maybe eventually work. OK, thank you doctor mcelveen uhm what I want to tell you for the last slide just a little bit more information. I know we're giving you a lot, but we want you to have as much as you can and you Belletti ask questions. Wild and support sheep. I think I said that a little earlier, but I want to say it again. Because it's so true I know some people are. Worried that they might not be able to navigate the system or do that, but I wanna let you know that. These are some of the people who are here to help you. First of all want Walden can provide you assistance with obtaining financial aid, so that you can attend school. We have financial aid counselors who can help you with the federal paperwork. You have to fill out all of the different. Avenues Pizza Navicat, there, helping they're there to help you with that, once you decide to enroll in Walden. The second support system, you have available to you is your faculty. I think you've heard all three of us talk about. How great our faculty is and that's very true they are available to you by email by telephone by Skype visits if you would like to do that. Then I'll have contact information in your classroom so that you can contact them and get the assistant that she. Think will help you complete your education. The writing center is a great asset to Walden will be a great asset to you the writing center is available. Sometimes I think we need a little bit more help with our life. We are confident in it, but we would just like to get more confident. The writing center can do things for you like you can turn a paper in Tuam and they're like corrections or suggestions in it. Did she can actually change before you submit the paper? I say every time we do one of these webinars? My favorite thing at the writing center is that they have an AP a template, which is how we have to turn our papers in. You can download the template type right into it. So you never have to worry again. It's not title in the right place and do my page numbers right. They have a form that does it all for you? In case you have needs and other areas. We have the academic skills center available to you. These people can help you navigate many systems at wild and if you need a little assistance like A. Might help you with research, maybe a tutor, they can help you with that, they can help you if your computer is not. Operating right, I can get you to the people who need to help you. Next in the area of support system is student success, advising once you enroll at Walden you will be assigned. A student success advisers who will help you until graduation time, we have ones who are specifically appointed to social work. That means they spent time with Doctor Killian myself and Doctor Mckelvey. They know our curriculum. They know how it works, they can help you figure out what class you need to take next. When do I need to enroll for skills lab? What about that field placement. They can help you find the answers to all those questions. They are available to Steinway email telephone call and they work very staggered hours so that they can accommodate your needs because we understand that everybody can't. Call from 8:00 o'clock in the morning to 4 in the afternoon, so lots of times they stay late to help students. Finally, when you complete your education you're ready for graduation. We have a Career Center available to you. The Career Center can help you prepare a resume learn how to write. Great cover letters as well as different types of. On line environments where you can upload that or look for jobs like monster her LinkedIn. We've all heard these names. Some others don't know how to use followed at the Career Center is there to help you do that. I would like to say they think we say it later alot of our students when they complete their field placement. They actually have to choose for employment. At that field site or at other sites that people know so again from the very beginning. With your enrollment advisor through all of this to the end when you graduate. We are here to help you and support you. Can we just hope you give me the information that you need and the next step is to enroll and? We just look forward to answer your questions and then seeing you in our classrooms. Thank you very much for the information for the presentation. Now we're going to open up the floor to some of the questions we've had some coming in throughout the program. Please make sure if you do want to ask a question you have something that you need more information about. I use the Q and a box and submit the question and will go ahead and. Get some answers to those so first I want to jump into the area. That's come up on pretty much everything that we've done thus far. Field experience. So how the field experiences compared to just a general regular internship program. Well, I feel like things in social work is the name for internship the field experience is a requirement. So, your internship covers or a specific number of hours. If you signed 2 accords with your requirements for being in a social work program so it is a time that you commit. Powers that are generally unpaid hours. To an agency or a site to engage in the work that they do to support clients. I also saw one Donna about uhm. At your agency internships and placements at your agency and that's frequently when you want to address that while you're discussing it. I certainly can we do allow students to intern at their place of employment there are some criteria for that. One of the big criterias you can't. You can't count your work hours as field hours. So it would have to be very separate experience, but we do have students who in turn out there. Skype will employment if they can meet the criteria. Now do students have different field experiences each year or do they keep the same one throughout the duration of their program? Great question and you have a different job experience appear in the in the 2 year program, the full time program. You have a foundation year experience at a concentration year experience and their different experiences with different tasks if you're in advanced standing. Do that you'll have one field experience at one agency. Of course, one of the questions that come Oh, I'm sorry go ahead. I was just going to say one of the issues said. I saw a pop up is about it than standing in can you do it? In UM in 2 years and we do have a plan for that and then people were asking when enrollment starts. Enrollment for 224, which is our next start is going on now and we can continuously enrolled so if you can't make that start. Then we can get you in another mid term start so please be in touch with your enrollment advisors. Because the opportunity in the time that um to do that is now. So another question that comes up is. How realistic is it too if you're a full time person working 40 hours per week to be able to do field experiences and is it possible to find a place where you can do clinical hours. At night. That's a great question most of our students are working students. But I will say that it is difficult to find an agency that has. All evening and weekend hours. So it does take a little planning to determine maybe it's there are ways. You can flex dollars at your work. Or if there's some you know, even later afternoon hours that could work we most of our students work. And most of our students make accommodations or make it work. It's and it's really no different than any other social work program. Field experience is required in all programs and it really has the same kind of structure alot is dependent on what and Agency can survive there are some agencies who do have evening and weekends. But I wouldn't totally count on that I would have. I'm complaining in a back up plan just in case those agencies aren't available in the community that you're in. So moving into a few questions about the program structure. You did mention you saw questions about advanced standing we did have some of those. Can we describe the advanced standing program a little bit specifically how it breaks down in terms of the time to completion. I can do that. That means is that you graduated with an undergraduate degree in social work, so you can come into the program. Amite Doctor Denning said, we can give you basic general information your enrollment advisor can actually help you figure that there. Out more and break it down how you can do it, you actually get credit for the whole first year of your MSW. If you have a DSW in a 3.0 GPA so you come into it with because counseling social work. Education says you don't need to repeat that knowledge. You got that knowledge and you had it so come in and let's just take you into the clinical setting. 'cause we uhm if you have an undergraduate social work degree. You know, we caught it kind of the general list where you can work with lots of people. But the advanced standing allows you to move through the program and graduate much faster. With their second part I can't remember now. Yeah, you broke down the breakdown of what the timeline looks like for advanced standing students in terms of course work dresses internship. OK, before you can complete the advanced gaining in a year so probably like the first two quarters, you would take classes. And in the last 3/4 you would do your field placement. But again that's not set in stone, if you need to do just one class quarter take a break. Dance we then rolling divisors and do that student success. People work with you to help you kind of make that your. Own personal plant great thing about Walden is that we have a continual start we start every quarter so. The classes are offered every quarter since you take a quarter off they'll be available. The next quarter and you can participate in those then. But we have had people graduate from RBSW program at Walden and they completed advanced training in about 10 months. So it is it's very doable. But it is a very challenging and we always tell you to you know. Know your limitations look at what you can do personally. We don't have everything is very individualized. About taking courses we do have sequencing so you have to take one course before you take another one. And there's a sequence in which we you have to do your courses in a person in our bodies and can help you sort that out. And make a plan also sometimes we have plans and they don't workout so we have. Time Square students say, well, I'm gonna do this in 2 years and I'm going to do it this way. And they have it all planned down that we know is social workers. That doesn't always steps mean doesn't always work. So let's say that you got into a situation where you had to take time off um. With your parents, who were sick or a child or work issues, the nice thing is, you can take off 1/4. And then come back and we have. Courses that are offered every course the same. Time every quarter, so you don't have to worry bout sitting out until that classes offered again like, many other. Programs might have somebody asking about quarter starts if you graduated imagine you're talking about with your BSW. May we have 1/4 start, our next quarter start is in the February February 24th I believe. And so the next quarter would start at them after that when. So we did have once I started talking about advanced standing we did have a lot of questions role in. Asking about you know how long is the standard program? How long is it to graduate how what is the cost to complete the program? One of the things we would point out is really the best source of information for any estimate of the time. I would take you to complete a program or the cost. It would be to complete the program is to really work with your enrollment specialist. Who can then have an evaluation done of any transfer credits that you might have to help you get a personalized? Estimate of what the timeline is going to look like for you. Yes, that's true the advisors are the best people for that and also, if you go to our catalog. For Walden catalogs online and it has all of our program that studies you'll hear him called POS. But each program of study is written for each concentration. I think I saw some questions about what are the electives available? Those are all there's so we have all our program of studies. Come on in the catalog as well, and so people just want to sit down and play with it a little bit. And look at what they might be interested in um that's a great place to go as well, but always talk to you one of your academic advisors. Um. You know as well. Here's a great question that came in what does a typical week look like in regards to coursework and assignments. I'm from those courses you're going to have a discussion board posting which will be do usually on Day 3. That kind of very sometimes from class to class but you think it was a discussion board where you. Read the material and then there's a question posted are either a scenario that we want you to talk more about. So that you don't do bad day. Three of the week by day 5. You have to respond usually two other people in the classroom. That's kind of where you get the interaction with your peers alot of learning takes place there because people may say something, and you may ask him a question or make a comment. So that's usually bad day, 5 and then by day, 7, which is Sunday. Sometimes you'll have an assignment do you? Sometimes you'll have a paper due. We try to infuse into the curriculum night doctor, hitting bad case studies and videos from you watch those. And then respond to it, so it's not like you're writing a paper every week. It could be on something that's A lot more I would say interesting to you as a future social worker like how would you work with this client? What are some skills you read this week that you could use? We also sometimes ask you to do a video so we can see you know you're talking to someone and then people. You know can talk to you about what you did, or you can ask him questions. But a typical week runs from Monday to Sunday. That's when the deadline is so you can and then again, the important part of this is that you can work with that. Things that you want, but you gotta have stuff to bother today, but if you want to post your discussion board on Monday. You can do that, you can respond to people as soon as they do an if you finish by Friday that week. Then you've got 2 days, maybe start on the next week again. This is tailored to what you do if you need to work during the week study more on the weekend. It allows you to do that as well. We talk about people. Some people are morning. We were talking about this personally earlier. Some people are boring people they want to get up and get their school work done and do their daily activities. Others, like to do their stuff during the day get everybody in bed at night and then have time to study. Walden program allows you to do that, so you can kind of take that the calendar of stuff. You gotta get done for that week. And map it out as you can work it into your schedule. I also see a question from Mister King about being out of school for over 20 years and how is it for? Older students and one of the things that I would say is that you will be in good company. We have many students that in that are between uhm. 1349 I think it's our average range people older than that people younger than that, but most of the people that do come to our program. Are people who have been working in the profession? As appear professional and may come in and say you know, I I've trained these people have gone on to. Being more administrative positions that I've trained people who've gone on to make more money and it's time it's my turn. So there's some things like that that maybe um. Important for you to know, but you will be comfortable bear are older. People in our program and their seasons professionals. Even though they don't have the degree to go with that. No, it isn't more questions coming in about field experience. How many hours are required for part time internships? Our internships aren't considered part time. So. Each each placement your foundation here placement is 500 hours. And then the next year placement at the end of the program is another $500. Start talking with 1000 hours. So those 500 hours are completed over about a 6 month period so it's over two quarters. So you would spread that out, and it's about 24 hours a week. For that 6 month period, then after you complete that first one, you would take a break take some courses. Your second skills lab and then at the end of your program you would complete your second one at that. If you're at a full time program student. Now, for skills labs? Is there a way for students who are attending the same skills lab to get in touch with one another. So that they can perhaps coordinate sharing rooms. Sure, a couple of years ago we changed the skills lab curriculum just for that very reason, so you're put into a classroom with eleven other people. And you work with those people for 3 weeks before you actually come to skills lab so often times. That's a good way for students to get to know each other and then we think about doing that. Also um in everyone of our classrooms. We have something called the Class Cafe where you can just have dialogues with other students. So often times when students register for skills lab, they'll post in the Class Cafe. I'm going to skills lab. You know put anybody else, go in and we talked about it, thinking earlier when today that stands out in this is Sara Lee have to stay at the hotel anymore. They're looking at other options like setting an air being bees or staying in the hotels near but there is. A great networking that happens and then I promise you when you come back for skills lab, too. Tremendous amount of networking because you had several classes together, you got to kind of know different people in the program. And that's when we see them really doing things like sharing rooms transportation whatever it might be. There's a question about family, coming to skills lab, they came home with. Yeah, I was gonna say we want you to bring him with you if they if they can come. They can't actually come into the classroom with you, but a lot of people bring their family with and so that when they get out of classes. They have him to go eat with they have him to give him the support they might need so there. They may not be you know trying to figure out what I'm going to do tonight. We had faculty to bring their. For families with them when they come to skills lab because sometimes being away from home is hard like we said. And that makes it a little bit easier. If you have people that you're comfortable with the police Bernini. You just can't bring him to class. We did have a question can you bring your family to skills lab? I'm assuming that means to the general location is being held in not so much into the classes themselves. Right that's what I was just alluding to that, we would be happy for you to bring them with you. See the location, but they cannot attend classes you. Excellent. It usually pulls available yes, actually what I did want to add on is in terms of communication with other students. You know, we provide those very specific resources during those events and before those events. But we also have some very neat support structures in place for students starting new programs. And among them are we actually have social media groups, um closed groups. There are invite only where you know, we have. Cohorts of students starting specific programs say perhaps the master in social work program that's coming up on February 24th. Where all the students who are starting on that date would be invited in and so essentially you'll have? A social media network of your own peers with that program as you go through the program so you'd be able to continually communicate with them term after term. So that's a great way to keep in touch with other students who are in the same program as you. Definitely in the same place that you are as you go through your program. So can, we speak, a little bit about the restrictions and guidelines for selecting locations for field experiences. Certainly we outsource to field you do that with Donna I'm sorry. I was taking something else go ahead. No quite alright I'd love to answer that we do have some requirements for field placements. They have to meet. The educational requirements for the gear that you're in so for example, your first year is all about general social work. So that's a bit more broad so social service providers of many types would qualify for this placement when you get to your second year at the end of your program. That's the clinically focused here. So then the requirements would be focused on you, having some experiences in understanding mental health intervention. And treatment. Uhm the other part of that question I think were other guidelines restrictions. The only other thing we look at 2 is supervision. So you have to have the right kind of supervisor. For that experience so your responsibility in this process as a student, is to identify where you would like to go. And to learn from them if they have an internship program or if they accept interns then our coordinators whoever designed to you. Call contact that agency to make sure that they meet the criteria to get all the paperwork completed to make sure they have a proper supervisor. So we do the vetting part while you identify the agency so in the beginning when I spoke about getting to know your community. It's really important to know what your options are let's say you have a place that you would really like to go to and for some reason. It's a little too advanced for your first placement well. That's a good one to hold on for the. Second time. And then we would say, Well, do you have another? Opportunity or agency in mind, and so we could contact maybe the second on your list. So getting to know what's available in your community is really going to help this process that will do all the determining that if it meets the qualification. So for skills lab? How long are they away from home for that. I'm still glad is actually the four days long, so usually students come in the day before typically we try to do a Thursday through. Sunday schedule, but sometimes that does change. So you would arrive on Wednesday. We register on Thursday morning. Have classes Thursday. Friday and Saturday and then we're usually finished by about 11:00 o'clock. Have a Clock on Sunday and most people go home Sunday afternoon. So a few questions about requirements while being enrolled in the program are students required to join the NASW. And are they required to carry malpractice insurance. I can take that one visa, yeah that's kind of your area. Yeah, I'm here you are required to have malpractice insurance for your field placement. So when you're placed in a field placement. We do require you to have malpractice insurance, which means that it's a good idea to become. Affiliated with in ASW because they offer discounts to you for that. So you don't have to use any SW for the insurance that they offer it to students at a reduced rate. So it is advantageous as a student should belong to that as a student member. There's some other perks that go along with it like? Reduced rates for your dues for a couple years after you graduate. So there's some there's some job assistance and support through that organization, so it's not required, but it's beneficial. So here's a really good sort of generalized question what sets Walden University's MSW program apart from other MSW programs online. But we'd love to answer that one, I was gonna say we can all pitch in on that one. I think the first thing which is something I said earlier. We were the 1st. We were the 1st to be accredited by Sia Sevii, which says. We were doing it right doctor Denning myself. Many other faculty members doctor, Mcelvain make sure that every one of our classes is up to standards. So I think that sets us apart a little bit. I think we have the advantage of opportunity of Skills Lab. Practice your skills and get ready, we have a fun nominal field team to help you complete that field placement. The last thing I think that says to support which is going into college based on 224. But it's on the website is public knowledge is that we will have a licensure press area in each and every one of your classrooms. What this means is that when you enroll at Walden starting this summer you will have a blackboard space? Will have test taking tips extra information available about parts of the tests a human behavior diagnosis anything like we have died. And then finally we have a test that we purchased from a SWB who administers the license your test. 170 question practice tests that you can practice with and take as many times as you want to. These are just new and innovative things. Finally we're adding virtual reality to our classrooms. We have it available now could skills lab. Or you can actually put on the virtual reality goggles and complete experiences like a group experience where you can. You are. At your functioning as the social worker. We have one until safety. We have one on sexual trauma. We have one on a military veteran. So we're trying constantly to make our curriculum just his upbeat and fantastic as it is I think that sets Walden. Way apart from other programs where they have just taken what they were teaching in a face to face environment. And put it on line. And I would just say the innovation that as Dochterman said. We're always students don't always know about it. But we always have something we're trying to see if it works, and to see if it helps students and. You know through virtual reality. We've had so many of our students who have watched these for example, veteran. Booked it, please and they come in and they given us input on what we have people who've been. Part involved in Schama have watched these and said that's exactly how I feel the other thing I would say is. That we have X we have national experts who designer classes to like how and paste attention they go into class. Sure, major park that day, I mean for that one time I had students at another University say to me. It's a math class and he comes in and talks about his political beliefs every day. An you know, I said to him. You can't do that and he said. Really, I thought they were interested in his I said, and they came back and said he notes. And so you don't have that in these courses there set courses with set materials that have all been to stand. By experts in the field and the media in them is just amazing and continue to grow in different ways. So I just think that that is wonderful and very exciting to me 'cause I love stuff like that. And then it but I'd really say that the basics of a program are as I said before his field. And being able to get spilled on to be able to learn the skills you need into practice practice practice. Different situations is important so I never forget the great job done it and hurting do in getting you that. Practice experience. And I think I could just add one point to that. As it relates to field you know, wild and has a support structure for all. Field experience whether it's in social worker nursing or counseling. So we utilized resources that come through being the type of University we? Are we Where all schools don't really have that Unfortunately they may not have the resources to put into providing you know? Single individual like service to a coordinator, particularly or various supports we have that make make it easier through on line applications and those types of things. So we have a support an research structure, just because of the type of University VR. And I think other schools charter split themselves between developing an online program and maintaining their classrooms and there. More brick and mortar structure and so they have to take what resources they have in split them and. Walden is just specializes in online learning. With a focus stored adult professional so. We've been doing it a long time, and we've been doing it well. Things are all great distinctions for our programs and of course, the support structures are that we have in place just generally across the University. Are phenomenal as well? I mean? I don't think we don't have enough time in the Q&A's? To go over all of them and they don't always come up, but I mean, we don't get a chance to talk about how great? Our online library is for several years in a row. It was the number one rated library online library. Across universities. In the US and that's all universities, both online and traditional brick and mortar environments. So we have these great. Support structures in place to help students complete their programs and I think that's definitely something we should be talking about. As well. So we are approaching the very, very end of this program. I do want to get in one more question. About Specialization. There was a question about transitioning from one specialization to another is that a possibility within the MSW program. It is up until the point that you do your final field placements. So when you do your last field placement. That has to be in your area of concentration, but uh. But until that time people have the ability to switch in and out and I think that's our question also. About Uhm. The if you just do military or you just do family and children are you prepared for everything and when you finish our program. You should be prepared to work with people in clinical situations in any way. But these are just your specialization. Where you choose to put your interest but it wouldn't mean that working with military families that no one would ever hire you to work. With in a school or working that substance abuse clinic or do anything like that I degrees vary. Um transferable between populations it can go from working with children. And mothers and father's before they're born. Childhood schools up to old. Older people, needing placements in Gerontology and Hospice work so you can do so many different populations without ever having to return and get. Another degree or any kind of certification once you have that. MSW then you were saying that you can serve. Any population. Excellent so that does bring us to the end of the hour, and the end of our web and R. We appreciate everyone taking the time out of your busy schedules to join us this evening. Thank you for submitting. All the wonderful questions and I will say we did not get to every question what we're going to do is we're going to. Gather all those questions up and we'll have our presenters respond via email to those that we weren't able to get to. 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 content with a friend or colleague or even a family member. I encourage you to connect with our faculty students and alumni by connecting with Walden on social networking sites like Facebook. Twitter and LinkedIn you can find two of those Facebook and Twitter on the toolbar at the bottom of your screen go ahead and bounce those right now. So you can see where those are please. Feel free to check us out there, LinkedIn as well. Thank you to doctors moon Denning and mcelveen for the presentation and to you. Of course, our audience for joining us today. Please have a wonderful evening. Thank you very much. And you are a great moderator. David we appreciate you. Thank you very much. I appreciate it. Thanks everyone. Yes.
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