Professional Journal Reflection: 2-3 pages The purpose of this assignment is to encourage reflective and self-aware thinking of students regarding their experience as a master’s level social work student and to evaluate their commitment to the social work profession. Students will address the assignment questions in a journal format. Possible questions for this assignment include: • Discuss three significant events and/or learning experiences from your field placement experience. Discuss why these experiences/events were important and/or meaningful for your social work professional development. Which competencies, practice behaviors/ and/or Social Work Code of Ethic principles are applicable to the events/experiences that you identified? Be specific. • What did you learn from these experiences and about yourself as a social work professional? How have these experiences increased or decreased your commitment to the social work profession? Strengthened or lessened your commit to create change (i.e., work with individuals, families, communities, and/or organizations)? Be specific. • How has the education/knowledge, training, and skills that you have learned in the program impacted your field experience. Conversely, how has your field experience impacted your social work education/knowledge, training, and skills? Provide at least one example for each questions. Be specific. • Describe two expectations you had of your field experience. Were these expectations different than those held in your first year of field? Were your expectations met? How or how not? Share three major accomplishments that you experienced in your field placement. How did your field placement accomplishments affect/impact, shape, or change you? Be specific. • How have your learning experiences affected your goals for the future? In particular, discuss your desire and commitment to remaining in the helping profession? How will your social work efforts/practice help individuals, families, communities, and/or organizations? Be specific. • What “advice” would you provide to incoming social work students about the profession and about the Field experience? Be sure to share at least three pieces of “advice”/information. Be specific.
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