Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative

Boston University School of Social Work’s Field Education and Social Welfare Policy Departments received a grant from the Council on Social Work Education Fund for Social Policy Education and Practice (FSPEP) to support the School’s efforts to help MSW students develop fundamental policy practice skills. The grant provides funding for various field instructor and student training activities which also incorporate a focus on the intersection of race, poverty and ethnicity.

Social work happens in myriad fields; below, we have provided policy resources in five of the most common fields where our students are active. The links below will help you learn about the work of important advocacy groups; locate the people and institutions you need to communicate or collaborate with; and be directed to hosts of other resources compiled by other organizations. The icons below link to resources which we hope field instructors and students alike will find helpful. And check back here regularly for updates such as our growing compendium of student policy projects.

Legislative Advocacy: Find and contact your local legislators. Includes example letters as well as CSWE’s Advocacy Handbook.

Child Welfare: Listservs, research, and support and advocacy organizations for Child Welfare.

Substance Use Disorder: Substance use disorder support, advocacy, and educational organizations and listservs.

Mental Health: Mental Health support, advocacy, and research organizations.

Aging: Find listservs, clearinghouses, and other advocacy agencies dedicated to caring for older adults.

Immigrants & Refugees: Organizations and resources centered on providing legal aid, healthcare, language assistance, and other services to immigrants and refugees.

Policy Blasts: Updates and announcements on policy events and research.