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Master of Social Work Field Education Opportunities

Get academic training and real-world experience in your MSW program


The Master of Social Work program at Alliant not only gives you the academic knowledge you need to pursue a career in the field but also provides the hands-on experience that makes your coursework come to life. And since classes are taught by faculty with real-life experience, you’ll benefit even more. This two-year program is taught in small cohorts and includes 900 internship hours over three semesters to help prepare you for the tasks and responsibilities you’re likely to encounter in professional social work practice. 


Field Education Opportunities

Your field placement or internship is an integral part of your MSW program, with practicum opportunities in organizations that CSPP has established relationships with across the United States for over 50 years. This gives you the opportunity to gain real-world experience in an environment relevant to your studies and future employment goals.


What sort of field placement will you get in your program?

The opportunities are wide and can be in organizations that include, but are not limited to:

  • Community mental health centers
  • Child welfare services
  • Medical settings
  • Homeless outreach centers Substance abuse treatment centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Re-entry court programs
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • School-based settings
  • Emergency housing shelters
  • Residential treatment programs
  • Senior services
  • Hospice care
  • Foster care and adoption services

What kind of work will you do in your practical training?

Here’s a sampling of possible activities that may be included in your field placement:

  • Individual and family counseling
  • Group facilitation
  • Assessments
  • Treatment and discharge planning
  • Case management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Resource navigation
  • Community education and outreach
  • Housing assistance
  • Advocacy
  • Treatment team meetings

Who will you be working with?

During the field placement, you may work with individuals, families, groups, and communities experiencing conditions and factors, such as:

  • Trauma
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Substance abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Mental illness
  • Developmental challenges
  • Homelessness
  • Human trafficking
  • Incarceration

It’s the Faculty That Makes the Difference

The MSW faculty at Alliant have real-world experience to back up their outstanding credentials in the classroom. Learn more about their experience and background below.

Dr. Megan Lindsey
Assistant Professor & Program Director
California School of Professional Psychology
sara strayer
Assistant Professor
California School of Professional Psychology
Felicia Wilson
Associate Professor
California School of Professional Psychology
Brittany Davis
Assistant Professor
California School of Professional Psychology

Take the First Step Today

Get ready to pursue a professional role in helping others as a social worker. In this program you’ll receive comprehensive coursework and two years of supervised experience in clinical settings to help prepare to enter this rewarding and meaningful career.