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Individualized Partnership Plan (IPP)
The individualized partnership plan (IPP) is a learning contract that provides a framework for the student’s time and professional contributions at the field placement site as well as for the student/field supervisor relationship. The student’s field placement tasks are outlined in this document. The IPP is completed during the initial weeks of field placement and is subject to approval by the faculty liaison to ensure compliance with educational objectives. The learning outcomes are broad enough to encompass learning opportunities in diverse settings.
The individualized partnership plan has multiple purposes. It creates:
- a linkage between social work practice and learning outcomes
- opportunities for observation and retrieval of practice behavior
- a linkage between social work practice and professional knowledge/skills
- a linkage between social work practice and current research
- opportunities for evaluation of practice behavior
- opportunities to identify learning tasks/activities specific to a field site’s needs/interests
- opportunities to identify future planning needs for the student and the field site
- structure for the student’s time in field placement
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CREATING THE IPP
- The IPP should be developed jointly by the field supervisor and the student. It is the student’s responsibility to submit the completed IPP to the faculty liaison by the due date. Once the faculty liaison has approved the IPP, the student should maintain a copy of this document and provide a signed copy to the field supervisor.
- In developing tasks to meet educational objectives/learning outcomes choose “active” not passive verbs (e.g., create, develop, facilitate, conduct, prepare, assess, plan). The learning objectives address application and demonstration of knowledge, values, and skills. “Reading” or “reviewing” material may be required by the student in preparation for a task, not as end results.
- One task may involve multiple steps and, therefore, address more than one learning objective.
- When considering student tasks, think about the possibilities – not just the realities of a daily routine. For a field supervisor, think about what tasks or projects are on your “wish list” if you just had more time. For example, following-up with clients, facilitating a group, developing a new partnership, expanding a program, recruiting and training volunteers.
- Use the IPP as a working document as part of supervision to ensure tasks are being met. Both the student and the field supervisor should use the IPP to address issues and challenges in the process of completing a task.
Download the Individualized Partnership Plan Form (IPP) here.
(PDF form will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to print, downloadable here.)