Field Education Spotlights

Are you interested in preparing the next generation of social workers in your community? Hosting a social work student for a field placement is your opportunity!  

As the School of Social Work at Portland State University continues to grow and opportunities for social workers in the community expand, we're always on the lookout for agencies who'd like to host our qualified students for educational field placements.  Our students can bring knowledge and experience into your organization. 

To learn more, explore these powerful stories of social work students and their field instructors.


Lois, Victor, and Jacqueline, Clackamas County Social Services

Jacquelyn Najera and Victor Garcia both recently completed their 1st year of the Master of Social Work program field placements with Lois Orner at Clackamas County Social Services, in varying roles. What they found in Lois’ supervision style deepened and enhanced their individual and collective experiences in field in ways they could not have anticipated.

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Brian and May, Independent Living Resources

“Find the humanity in every client you serve.”  “Look for evidence of resilience and reflect these qualities back to those you work with.”  These are just two pieces of advice that May Altman, LCSW, associate director of Independent Living Resources, shared with her student intern, Brian Nickerson, MSW ’17, this past year.

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Beth and Katie, SMYRC Portland

"There are few places where lesbian, bisexual, and trans youth are safe to explore their sexuality and gender identities/roles. Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC) is one of those safe places," says Bethprana Novi, field instructor. Beth provided weekly educational supervision to MSW student Katie Borofka, supporting the development of her social work practice. 

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JoAnn and Kara, Luke-Dorf Hillsboro

At the basis of every successful field placement is the relationship between the social work student and field instructor. The field instructor is the student’s supervisor, helping the student integrate theory into practice.  Meet JoAnn Dohn and Kara Radecki, student and field instructor partners at Luke-Dorf Hillsboro.

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Field Spotlight: JoAnn and Kara, Luke Dorf Hillsboro