Social Work Field Education

Field Education Mission Statement 

Social Work Field Education at Massey University will provide a high-quality social work field education experience that:

  • is coherent and integrated with classroom theoretical instruction, and consonant with the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi;
  • equips students with practice skills appropriate to their levels, including national and international contexts;
  • exposes students to a broad variety of social work practice settings, models, client groups and agency environments;
  • is consistent, well-structured, and includes organised participation from students, staff and agencies;
  • promotes a clear set of skills and standards of learning;
  • supports a reciprocal, mutually beneficial relationship between students, academic staff and field educators.

Tracey Robinson

(Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kauwhata)

Practicum at Life to the Max.

"Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini.

My strength is not that of the an individual but the strength of many."

Amy Barkess

Practicum at Palmerston North Hospital. 

"The placement was an amazing opportunity to learn in a practical setting."

Leon Tufuga

(Samoa, Tainui)

Practicum at Child Youth and Family.

"Doing the Bachelor of Social Work has been a great investment – not just for me, but also for my community."


  • Dr Kathryn Hay

    Dr Kathryn Hay

    Senior Lecturer - School of Social Work


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