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IV-E Fellows and DHS Foundation Training

By | 2017-11-10T13:45:01+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Categories: Field Notes|Tags: , |

At the end of October, our advanced IV-E MSW Fellows completed 3 days of Department of Human Services Child Welfare Foundation Training. All of the students are currently in their advanced child protection field placements in Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Washington County and DHS. Students found it to be a very helpful training to validate [...]

Youth Have a Voice

By | 2017-10-13T13:45:35+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Categories: Field Notes|Tags: , |

by Bekah Farrell, interning at Neighborhood House This week my task supervisor and I took the girls to the Mayoral Candidate Forum that was held in the Wellstone Center. While we only had five girls instead of the usual twelve, the girls who did come met and surpassed my expectations. The format of this forum [...]


By | 2017-10-13T13:41:30+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Categories: Field Notes|Tags: , , |

I’m not entirely sure what to say besides how I’m feeling at the moment, which is a mixture of excitement to be involved in such important work within extraordinarily complex institutions, and the feeling of being in way over my head academically and professionally. My supervisor(s) at the county have been incredible so far in [...]

How much of this day will this child remember?

By | 2017-09-21T11:35:21+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Categories: Field Notes|Tags: , , , |

Written by Ellie O'Neil, Title IV-E MSW Fellow This year I will be interning in a county child protection setting. I had my first “real” day in the field on Monday where I met my supervisor at court for an “Admit/Deny” hearing where a family could either admit or deny fault for alleged abuse. The [...]

Field Reflections

By | 2017-09-21T11:18:14+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Categories: Field Notes|Tags: , |

While students are in their field placements, they are asked to write field reflections approximately every 2 weeks over the course of the academic year. Their assignment is described as follows... An important skill for all social workers is the ability to critically reflect upon the work they are engaged in. You may reflect on [...]

2017-18 Hennepin County MSW Cohort

By | 2017-09-11T15:14:34+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Categories: Field Notes|Tags: , , |

This year, we continue our partnership with Hennepin County to be able to have an embedded field unit within Child Protection and Child Welfare units at Minnesota's largest county. Last Tuesday, the students had their first official day at Hennepin and in between orientation sessions they attended a "Welcome lunch", which included Hennepin Social Work [...]

28 IV-E MSW Fellows Start Field

By | 2017-09-11T15:01:58+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Categories: Field Notes|Tags: , |

Last week, 28 of our IV-E Fellows entered their field placements. This year, we have 10 students who will be interning in their foundation field placement, and they are in a variety of placement settings including metro public schools, CornerHouse, Washburn Child Guidance Center and more! We also have 18 students entering into their concentration [...]

IPV Blog Series: Working with Intimate Partner Violence: Moving Forward (Part 3)

By | 2017-09-01T09:38:00+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Categories: Featured@CASCW|Tags: , , |

Guest Bloggers: Lynette Renner, PhD, Lindsay Anderson, MSW This information series includes three blog posts and two practice notes. The goal of this series is to provide information and encourage discussion around children’s exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV), specifically within the child welfare system. The purpose of this final blog post is to provide [...]