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ERIC Number: EJ862264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
MSW Students' Experience with Termination: Implications and Suggestions for Classroom and Field Instruction
Gelman, Caroline R.
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v29 n2 p169-187 2009
Social work students' experiences with termination are rarely explored. This paper discusses the results of a survey of 54 MSW interns regarding termination and, in particular, premature termination resulting from placement completion. Twenty-four percent of respondents experienced natural terminations, 35% experienced client-initiated ones, and 93% experienced forced terminations resulting from internship completion. Students felt termination was well-covered in practice classes, less so in supervision, and felt moderately prepared for the process. Nevertheless, students found terminations significantly harder than their sense of preparation would indicate, and recommend earlier, more comprehensive training in classroom and field settings to support them and their clients. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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