Field Education

Apply your knowledge

Field experience offers students an opportunity to apply, refine, and integrate knowledge acquired in the classroom with experiences in social agencies. Theory and practice classes run concurrent with field practicum; our curriculum is designed so that experiences in the field and experiences in the classroom are mutually reinforcing.

Field instruction takes place in community agency settings 16 hours each week over both fall and spring semesters.

The foundation field practicum places emphasis on the application of skills for social work practice in agency settings and prepares students for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, neighborhoods, communities and the society.

The goal of the concentration year is to develop and increase skills in practice approaches, further the agency mission, examine relevant policies, integrate human and organizational behavior theories, and apply research knowledge. The student's ability to select and use multiple approaches to social work with individuals, families, and groups is also promoted.

The St. Ambrose University School of Social Work field education program offers many different opportunities for both urban and rural placements with numerous agencies in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. To the extent possible, field placements are scheduled close to the student's resident area. Each placement offers the student unique opportunities for learning, networking, and practical experience.

The faculty of the School of Social Work appreciate the contributions of our agency field instructors. Selected for their ability to provide quality instruction, commitment to collaborative participation in professional education, and commitment to client and community service, they are invaluable in the mentoring and education of our graduate students.

Field Education Manual (pdf) Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation Policy (pdf)

Field Agencies

Abbe Center for Community Mental Health - Cedar Rapids, IA
Alternatives for the Older Adult - Moline, IL
Alzheimer's Association of Greater Illinois - Moline, IL
The ARC of Rock Island County - Rock Island, IL
Area Substance Abuse Council - Cedar Rapids and Clinton, IA
Arrowhead Ranch - Coal Valley, IL
Bethany Christian Services - DesMoines, IA
Bethany for Children & Families - Moline, IL
Big Brothers & Big Sisters - Iowa and Illinois locations
Blackhawk Area Special Education District - East Moline, IL
Blessing Hospital - Quincy, IL
Breaking Traffik - Davenport, IA
Braveheart Children's Advocacy Center - Cambridge, IL
Bridgeview Community Mental Health Center - Clinton, IA
Bridgeway, Inc. - Galesburg, IL
Center for Active Seniors (CASI) - Davenport, IA
Center for Alcohol & Drug Services, Inc. (CADS) - Illinois & Iowa Locations
Center for Prevention of Abuse - Peoria, IL
Center for Youth and Family Solutions - Rock Island, IL
Child Abuse Council - Moline, IL
ChildServe - Chicago, IL
Children's Home + Aid - Rockford, IL
Churches United of the Quad City Area - Bettendorf, IA
Crisis Center of Johnson County  - Iowa City, IA
Department of Children & Family Services - Illinois Locations
Dixon Correctional Center - Dixon, IL
East Moline School District - East Moline, IL
Eastern Iowa Health Center - Cedar Rapids, IA
Edgerton Women's Health - Davenport, IA
Elder Services, Inc. - Iowa City, IA
Family Resources, Inc. - Davenport, IA
Finley Hospital, UnityPoint Health - Dubuque, IA
First Judicial District - Dubuque, IA
Foundation 2 - Cedar Rapids, IA
Four Oaks, Inc. of Iowa - Iowa City & Cedar Rapids, IA
Friendly House - Davenport, IA
Galena School District 120 - Galena, IL
Geneseo School District - Geneseo, IL
Genesis Health System - Davenport, IA
Gilda's Club of the Quad Cities - Davenport, IA
Goodwill Industries of Northwest Iowa - Waterloo, IA
Grace C. Mae Advocate Center - Cedar Rapids, IA
Grant Wood Area Education Agency - Cedar Rapids, IA
Great Prairie Area Education Agency - Burlington, IA
Great River Medical Center - Burlington, IA
Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities - Bettendorf, IA
Hammond-Henry Hospital - Geneseo, IL
Hand in Hand - Bettendorf, IA
Henry-Stark Special Education District - Kewanee, IL
Hillcrest Family Services - Dubuque & Iowa City, IA
Hospice of Dubuque - Dubuque, IA
Housing Authority of Henry County - Kewanee, IL
Humility of Mary Housing - Davenport, IA
Iowa City Rehab and Health Care Center - Iowa City, IA
Iowa State University Extention and Outreach - Bettendorf, IA
Juvenile Court Services - Dubuque, IA
Keystone Area Education Agency - Various locations throughout Iowa
Knox-Warren Special Education Cooperative - Galesburg, IL
Life Connections, L.C. - Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County Attorney's Office - Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County Mental Health and Developmental Disability Services - Cedar Rapids, IA 
Luther Manor - Dubuque, IA
Lutheran Services of Iowa - Davenport, IA
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois - Rock Island & West Peoria, IL
Lydia Home - Davenport, IA
Mahaska Health Partnership - Oskaloosa, IA
Mercy Medical Center - Dubuque, IA
Milestones Area Agency on Aging - Davenport, IA
Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency - Bettendorf, IA
New Life Outpatient Center - Davenport, IA
Noble Cedar Psychological Institute - Waterloo, IA
Northwest Iowa Area Agency on Aging
Northwest Special Education Cooperative - Freeport, IL
Opening Doors - Dubuque, IA
Optimae Life Services - Fairfield, IA
OSF Homecare - Galesburg, IL
Ottumwa Regional Health Center - Ottumwa, IA
Pathway Living Center, Inc. - Clinton, IA
Pathways - Iowa City, IA
Polk County Crisis & Advocacy Services - Des Moines, IA
Quad Cities Interfaith - Davenport, IA
Rick's House of Hope - Davenport, IA
Rock Island Arsenal - Rock Island, IL
Rock Island Arsenal Family Advocacy - Rock Island, IL
Rock Island County Council on Addictions - East Moline, IL
Rock Island/Milan Schools - Rock Island, IL
Rockford Health System - Rockford, IL
Seventh Judicial District Department of Correctional Services - Davenport, IA
Stonehill Franciscan Services - Dubuque, IA
Substance Abuse Services Center - Dubuque, IA
Successful Living - Iowa City, IA
SwedishAmerican Health System - Rockford, IL
Systems Unlimited, Inc. - Iowa City, IA
Tanager Place - Iowa City & Cedar Rapids, IA
ThePlace2B - Rock Island, IL
TRANSITIONS Mental Health Services - Rock Island, IL
Trinity Regional Health System - Rock Island, IL
Tri-State Dialysis - Dubuque, IA
United Action for Youth - Iowa City, IA
United Way of East Central Iowa - Cedar Rapids, IA
UnityPoint at Home - Urbandale, IA
University of Illinois Medical Center - Chicago, IL
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics - Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa Rape Victim Advocacy Program - Iowa City, IA
VA Health Care System - Iowa and Illinois
Vera French Community MHC - Davenport, IA
Warren Achievement Center - Monmouth, IL
Western Illinois Kidney Center - Galesburg, IL
Woodridge Supportive Living Residence - Geneseo, IL
World Relief - Moline, IL
Young House Family Services - Burlington, IA
Young Parents Network - Cedar Rapids, IA
Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa - Fort Dodge, IA

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