Field instruction is a branch of social work education with its own conceptual base, special skills, and unique process. It is more than an apprenticeship or internship. It involves the synthesis of theory with practice specifically to provide the delivery of effective and responsive social work.
The role of the Field Instructor is critical to the development of a successful practicum. The quality of the relationship between the Field Instructor and student will determine whether optimum learning will occur. Ideally, the relationship will encourage the openness and the freedom of both the student and the Field Instructor to look critically at their work and teach and learn experimentially.