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Program Information: Field Education

BSW field education details

Field education is a critical component of the BSW program at Calvin. It should:

  • help you grow personally and professionally in an agency setting, with supervision from your field education instructor and feedback from weekly small group seminars.
  • help you take what you've learned in the classroom and get feedback on your implementation. This process will include evaluation and testing.
  • help you to integrate your worldview and the ideals and realities of educational theories with the needs of your clients.

Field education placement

You will be placed with an agency in which you will have the opportunity to practice generalist social work skills, including interviewing, contracting, intervention, networking, advocacy, group work and organization of community resources.

With the number of social work settings available in the Grand Rapids area and off-campus, we will find an agency whose needs are well-matched to your interests and skills.

Agencies with whom we place students have the following characteristics:

  • they have the volume and flow in programming so that you will have a wide range of learning experiences with multi-level client systems.
  • their programs and intervention methods are clearly defined and implemented.
  • they offer opportunities for practicing generalist social work skills: interviewing, contracting, intervention, networking, advocacy, group work and organization of community resources.
  • they provide services to diverse population groups, including ethnic, racial, religious and gender-based minorities.
  • their philosophy and delivery of service must comply with the NASW Code of Ethics.

Local field education sites

17th Circuit Court Family Division
Domestic Matters
180 Ottawa NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Juvenile Matters
1501 Cedar NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

ACCESS of West Michigan
All County Churches Emergency Support System
355 Sheldon SE
Grand Rapids MI 49503

Bethany Christian Services
901 Eastern Avenue NE
P.O. Box 294
Grand Rapids, MI 49501

Bridge - Arbor Circle
1115 Ball NE
Grand Rapids, MI
49505

Catholic Social Services
40 Jefferson Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Cherry Street Health Services
550 Cherry Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Child & Family Resource Council
118 Commerce SW, Suite 220
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Citizens for Better Care
700 36th St. SE
Suite 104
Grand Rapids, MI 49548

Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Network of West Michigan
728 Fuller Avenue Northeast Grand Rapids, MI 49503

D. A. Blodgett for Children
805 Leonard NE OFC
Grand Rapids MI 49503-1184

Disability Advocates of Kent County
3600 Camelot Drive SE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Dwelling Place
101 Sheldon Blvd. SE, Suite 2. Grand Rapids,
MI 49503

Family Outreach Center
Outpatient Substance Abuse Counseling
1939 South Division Avenue
Grand Rapids MI 49507

Gilda's Club
Grand Rapids

1806 Bridge Street NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504

Good Samaritan Ministries
513 E. 8th St.
Holland, MI 49423

Grand Rapids Area Housing Continuum of Care
1215 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Habitat for Humanity
539 New Avenue SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Health Intervention Services
15 Andre St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice
500 Cascade West Pkwy SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Heartside Ministry-Chapel
54 Division Ave South
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Hope Community Transitional Housing
1024 Ionia Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Inner City Christian Federation
515 Jefferson SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Kent County CASA Program
180 Ottawa NW, Ste 3500
Grand Rapids , MI 49503

Kent County Juvenile Detention
1501 Cedar NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Lincoln School
860 Crayhen Road NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Oakdale Christian School
1050 Fisk St Se
Grand Rapids , MI 49507

Office of Children, Youth & Families
300 Monroe NW Rm. 493
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
300 68th St. SE
P.O. Box 165
Grand Rapids, MI 49548

Safe Haven Ministries
3501 LK Eastbrook Blvd Se
Grand Rapids , MI 49546

Salvation Army
1215 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Senior Neighbors
820 Monroe NW #460
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Shepherds of Independence
1400 Morgan St.
Grand Rapids, MI
49504

Spectrum Health
Department of Social Work
100 Michigan NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

St. Mary's Heartside Clinic
61 Commerce SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Senator Debbie Stabenow
3230 Broadmoor Ave SE
Kentwood , MI 49512

Touchstone Innovare
201 Sheldon SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

United Methodist Community House
904 Sheldon S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Wedgwood Christian Services
3300 36th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49518

Westside Health Center
669 Stocking NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

YWCA - Domestic Crisis Center
25 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Young Life
5989 Tahoe Dr. SE Suite 240
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Apply for field education

Complete an application to enroll in SW 380: Social Work Field Education here.

Off-campus field education

Some BSW students choose to complete their social work field education requirement studying off-campus in one of two programs:

Talk with your advisor to learn more about studying off-campus for your field education.