Springfield College School of Social Work will offer a seminar series on field instruction during academic year 2015-2016 at the Brennan Center Campus in Springfield, MA. The Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI), is offered to new field supervisors of master’s students enrolled at any graduate school of social work in New England, with CEUs available. There is no cost to participants to attend the seminar. The core curriculum was developed cooperatively by the New England Consortium of Graduate Field Education Directors (NECON), and each school of social work in New England offers similar supervisory seminar series. Supervisors for any school are welcome at any school’s SIFI.

Attendance at the SIFI assures that new supervisors have received important information about supervising master’s level social work students, and covers such topics as adult learning styles, ethics and boundaries in supervision, evaluation, and cultural competency. Participants also have the opportunity to engage with colleagues on relevant topics in student supervision. Along with useful content, literature reviews and bibliographies, case studies, discussion, and exchange with colleagues are the central learning methods used in the seminar series. All materials are also provided free of charge.

Instructors for the Springfield site will be Bill Fisher, EdD, Professor and Director of Field Education, and Glenn Gemma, Professor and Assistant Director of Field Education. A link to the schedule and registration form for the Springfield College School of Social Work SIFI seminar series is on the Field Supervisor Resource page.

If you would like additional information about SIFI, please call the Field Office, at 413-748-3064.

I was recently asked by a friend, ‘If you were doing it again, what career would you choose?’ Without delay I answered, ‘social work’. Having the experience of urban school social work, trauma counseling, and suicide assessment, I truly respect and value the passion that is involved in making a difference in a person’s life. SCSSW advanced generalist perspective fosters the opportunity to develop a strong foundation of diverse social work skills. In addition, the field education component allows the student to put into practice and truly master those skills. It is an opportunity second to none, in allowing the student to manifest that passion which is alive within and has brought one to this point.

Glenn G. Gemma, LCSW, MSW, Assistant Director of Field Education

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