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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WORK

BSW Field Journal Example

Student Name John Doe Agency Name ABC Agency


Student Phone: 444-4444 Agency Address: 123 Elm St
Student Email: johndoe@bravemail.uncp.edu Agency Phone: 555-5555
Week Number: 2 Field Supervisor Jane Dough
Name:
Weekly Hours: 32 Field Instructor janedough@abcagency.com
Email:
Cumulative 64
Hours:
Monday

Today, I began my second week of practicum. I observed my field supervisor during a


meeting with an elder adult, JP, who she has been working with for around 3 months.
My supervisor briefed me on the drive to our meeting at her (clients) home. JP is 75
years old and lives alone. She has difficulty meeting her expenses with her social
security income. She must take multiple medications daily and often does not have an
adequate food supply. She is no longer able to drive and has only one family member
who is able to assist her from time to time. JP also struggles with episodes of
depression and loneliness. My field supervisor allowed me to read over assessments
and goal plans that were completed prior to my placement. I noticed the goals began
with basic needs such as maintaining a nutritious diet by eating 3 healthy meals per
day and drinking nutrition supplements daily. I remember Maslows Hierarchy of Needs
and see that in order for JP to work on depressive symptoms, her basic needs must be
met including feeling reassured that she has enough food. I was also thinking about the
link between depression and nutrition.

The assessment contained other goals that had corresponding goal dates. Even
though JP seemed to have a lot of problems, there were strengths listed on the
assessment. When we arrived and began speaking with JP I noticed my supervisors
tone was clear and she was sure to pronounce her words well. She didnt try to speak
really loudly, although JP has difficulty hearing. My supervisor told me speaking louder
does not help people hear you better. She smiled and let JP take the lead on
conversation to begin with. My supervisor said we should to let people process for a
while before we get to goals and action steps.

Daily Total: 8hrs

Competencies Used: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10

Practice Behaviors Used: 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 4.3, 5.1, 6.2, 7.2, 10.1, 10.2, 10.4, 10.10, 10.13