Field education placement

You will be placed with an agency in which you will have the opportunity to practice generalist social work skills, such as assessment, interventions, and evaluation at various levels of practice, including work with individuals, groups, and families. You will also gain experience in policy work, advocacy, research, and community organization.

With the number of social work settings available in the Grand Rapids area and off-campus, we will find an agency whose needs are well-matched to your interests and skills.

Agencies with whom we place students have the following characteristics:

  • they have the volume and flow in programming so that you will have a wide range of learning experiences with multi-level client systems
  • their programs and intervention methods are clearly defined and implemented.
  • they offer opportunities for practicing generalist social work skills: interviewing, documentation, intervention, networking, advocacy, group work and organization of community resources
  • they provide services to diverse population groups, including diversity in race, ethnicity, immigration status, religion, and gender
  • their philosophy and delivery of service complies with the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics
Please click here for the Social Work Field Education Manual

Consider these exciting local options

These local field education sites will offer you countless opportunities for experience and growth.

17th Circuit Court Family Division

Domestic Matters
  180 Ottawa NW
  Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Juvenile Matters
  1501 Cedar NE
  Grand Rapids, MI 49503

ACCESS of West Michigan

All County Churches Emergency Support System
355 Sheldon SE
Grand Rapids MI 49503

Bethany Christian Services

901 Eastern Avenue NE
P.O. Box 294
Grand Rapis, MI 49501

Bridge - Arbor Circle

1115 Ball NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Catholic Charities

40 Jefferson Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Cherry Street Health Services

550 Cherry Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Family Futures

678 Front Ave NW #210
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Citizens for Better Care

700 36th St. SE
Suite 104
Grand Rapids, MI 49548

Network180

728 Fuller Avanue Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

D.A. Blodgett for Children

805 Leonard NE OFC
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-1184

Disability Advocates of Kent County

3600 Camelot Drive SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Dwelling Place

101 Sheldon Blvd. SE, Suite 2
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Family Outreach Center

Outpatient Substance Abuse Counseling 1939 South Division Avenue
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Gilda's Club Grand Rapids

1806 Bridge Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Good Samaritan Ministries

513 E. 8th St.
Holland, MI 49423

Grand Rapids Area Housing Contiuum of Care

1215 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Habitat for Humanity

539 New Avenue SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Exalta Health

15 Andre St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Heartland Home Health & Hospice

500 Cascade West Pkwy SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Heartside Ministry - Chapel

54 Division Ave South
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Hope Community Transitional Housing

1024 Ionia Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Inner City Christian Federation

515 Jefferson SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Kent County CASA Program

1215 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Kent County Juvenile Detention

1501 Cedar NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Lincoln School

860 Crayhen Road NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Oakdale Christian School

1050 Fisk St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Office of Children, Youth & Families

300 Monroe NW Rm. 493
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

300 68th St. SE
P.O. Box 165
Grand Rapids, MI 49548

Safe Haven Ministries

3501 LK Eastbrook Blvd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Salvation Army

1215 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Senior Neighbors

820 Monroe NW #460
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Shepherds of Independence

1400 Morgan St.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Spectrum Health

Dept of Social Work
100 Michigan NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

St. Mary's Heartside Clinic

61 Commerce SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Senator Debbie Stabenow

3230 Broadmoor Ave SE
Kentwood, MI 49512

United Methodist Community House

904 Sheldon SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Wedgwood Christian Services

3300 36th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49518

Westside Health Center

669 Stocking NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

YWCA - Domestic Crisis Center

25 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503