This special requirement for students enrolled in Human Services provides a unique learning experience and growth opportunity. Each student is required to do fieldwork, in conjunction with a seminar, in a community agency. The choice of the agency will match your interest as closely as possible and is arranged by our fieldwork Coordinator.
The time requirement for fieldwork is 9 hours per week from the time an agency is assigned to the end of the semester. Students usually arrange their fieldwork time on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. in blocks of three or four hours. You will earn two credits for this course.
The learning experience is developed through responsibilities assigned by fieldwork supervisors based upon learning objectives developed by students. These objectives and responsibilities are set forth in a Fieldwork Learning Contract, which is validated by the seminar instructor.
To qualify as fieldwork these three criteria must be met:
- The student must work directly with clients.
- There must be a human services professional available to supervise the work.
- The fieldwork must be approved by the student’s instructor.
Simply put, to complete the fieldwork requirement, students must work at their site for nine hours per week from the time they are placed until the last day of the semester.
In addition, in order to protect the validity of the credits we grant, minimum hour requirements are imposed in addition to the requirements. For HUM 111, the minimum is 75 hours, thereafter, the minimum is 115 hours.
The unique learning experience provided by a field placement is included in the Experiential Track for Addictions Counseling A. S. degree and Addictions Counseling Certificate program. Each student is required to complete a 300-hour field placement at a local agency that is approved by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. The hours required to complete the field placement will be approximately 20 per week. When on-site at the field placement, students will participate in activities related to at least four of the 12 Core functions of an Addictions Counselor.