DSW Candidate – Michelle “Miki” McClurg, MSW, CSW, 4:00 PM – 5:15PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Building Relationships in Social Work Field Education to Make Space for Trauma Discussions

DSW Candidate – Michelle “Miki” McClurg, MSW, CSW

Monday, April 22, 2024

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Building Relationships in Social Work Field Education to Make Space for Trauma Discussions

Presentation Description (150-300 words): The culmination of social work education is executing the field practicum experience. During the apex of social work education, the field practicum experience offers a unique transaction between students and their field supervisors. The practicing student is not only bridging classroom theory to practice during this time. They engage in a commensurate experience in the relationship building, engagement, and utilization of supervision (Bogo, 2015; Calderwood & Rizzo, 2022; Pehrson et al., 2012). During this experience, students engage in practice that exposes them to the traumatic experiences of others.
Students are vulnerable to the effects of secondary trauma, or indirect trauma, in social work placements. Feminist Theory and Social Exchange Theory offer perspectives on how developing relationships between students and field supervisors can create a mutually beneficial experience. Both theories can delineate assurance in cooperation and address power imbalances that can occur during supervision. Utilizing existing avenues of student learning and professional development while facilitating a cooperative learning program, students and field supervisors can begin to develop trusting relationships while exploring the intricacies of secondary trauma prior to the placement semester. The terminal result of social work field education should be confident graduates and practitioners with experience highlighting the field of social work while prioritizing mental health. The following presentation offers a systematic review of literature, the ontology of theories, and the programming that can provide social work students and supervisors with the tools needed to succeed during the pinnacle

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the importance of relationships between social work field supervisors and students.
  2. Define secondary trauma in social work field education and its effect on students.
  3. Practical and effective programming to mitigate risk to students and benefit educational institutions, supervisors, students, and the cyclical nature of social work field education.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.

Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.