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SWK 3820 Volunteer Agency Experience

Welcome to your Junior Year Volunteer Agency Experience

This course is a requirement in the spring semester of your junior year in the Social Work Major and is typically taken alongside your Generalist Practice 2 course.  

The Agency experience is a 2-credit course:

  • 1 credit for the weekly class meeting, and
  • 1 credit for the agency volunteer experience. 

You will meet as a class (on-campus or online) for 1 hour and 50 minutes biweekly to discuss readings and to integrate your coursework with your agency experience. The focus of this course is to develop as a social work professional - attending to professional roles and boundaries, examining your personal and professional values, demonstrating effective communication and interpersonal skills, and practicing personal reflection and self-correction. 

You will have the opportunity to focus on these areas by completing 60 hours of volunteer service in a community agency whose focus in providing human/social services.  

All students in this course must secure an agency to complete their 60 hours of volunteer service BEFORE the start of the Spring semester. The Applied Learning Center on the Auraria Campus has a database of agencies that may be suitable for this class. Please contact the Applied Learning Center, if you have trouble accessing the agency database. 

At the end of October, a member of the Field Office, along with a representative of the Applied Learning Center, will be visiting all currently enrolled Juniors in their Generalist Practice class to provide a more detailed orientation on how to access the agency database, and to provide more information on this class and the requirements.  Please wait until AFTER the fall information session with the Field Office and the Applied Learning Center to contact either office about the Agency Experience. 

Social Work 3820 Agency Experience Guidelines

Agency Information Form

Once you have been offered a volunteer position in an agency, and have accepted, you must complete the online Agency Information Form. Once completed, this form will automatically be sent to the Applied Learning Center, the Field Office, and you will receive an electronic copy for your records. The Field Office will then forward a copy of the form to your agency supervisor with additional details about the SWK 3820 class, for their information.  



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