Seminars in Field Instruction (SIFI) 2018–2019

Boston University

The Seminar in Field Instruction offers content, feedback and support to those who are supervising MSW interns for the first time. Experienced field instructors are also welcome to take the seminar on a space-available basis.

Topics include getting started with students, using supervisory tools such as the learning contract, process recordings, and evaluation, developing a strong supervisory relationship, assessing the student as a learner, the role of the advisor, addressing conflict and problems in supervision and ending the internship. Additional topics include ethics, equity and inclusion, social policy and human rights as they relate to students’ work in the internship. The seminar uses a mix of discussion, reading, videos and role play building on the field instruction experiences of the participants.

In-person Clinical Charles River

Begins in September
Ten sessions held at BUSSW Charles River Campus
Thursdays 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
20 CECs

In-person Clinical Bedford

Begins in September
Eight sessions held at BU North’s Bedford Campus
Thursdays 9:30 AM- 12:00 PM
20 CECs

Online Clinical

Begins in September
Sections begin in September, January, and May
Two “live” sessions using Zoom video conferencing (optional)
Open only to field instructors supervising BUSSW interns
14 CECs

Webinar Clinical

Begins in September
Eight “live” web sessions using Zoom video conferencing
Thursdays 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
12 CECs

Online Macro

Begins in September
Seven modules completed over 14 weeks
Two “live” sessions using Zoom video conferencing (optional)
Open only to field instructors supervising BUSSW interns
14 CECs

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Boston College

All Field Supervisors, especially new ones, are encouraged to complete the Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI). The seminar is free of charge and provides 19 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 100% attendance is the standard from MA NASW with 80% acceptable under extenuating circumstance.

To register please email this form to swfield@bc.edu or fax to 617-552-1095. Please call the Field Office with any questions at 617-552-4027.

Location

All sessions held on BC’s Main Campus. Exact room locations will be distributed by instructor prior to first class.

Parking

Available in the Boston College Beacon St. garage for $6.00 per hour.

Tuesdays: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Instructor: Sue Coleman, LICSW
Dates: Oct. 16, Oct. 30, Nov. 13, Nov. 27, Dec. 11, Jan. 15, Feb. 12, Mar. 12

Wednesdays: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Instructor: Patty Birch, MSW
Dates: Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Nov. 28, Dec. 12, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Mar. 13

Wednesdays: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Instructor: Kenna Sullivan, LICSW
Dates: Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 28, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 6, Mar. 6

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Simmons College

The Seminars in Field Instruction (SIFI) are designed for field instructors who for the first time are supervising an M.S.W. intern. Given at Simmons College School of Social Work, 300 The Fenway, Boston, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Palace Road Building, Room P-304E (3rd floor, Social Work suite), they are free of charge, include free readings, and carry 18 CECs. Participants must attend 80% of the sessions in order to meet the CEC requirement. A certificate is awarded upon completion of the course.

All beginning supervisors of Simmons students (who have not taken a seminar at another school of social work) are required to attend.

Tuesdays: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Instructor: Suzanne Hecker, LICSW
Dates: 9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 11/6, 12/11, 1/15, 2/12, 3/12, 4/16*

Wednesdays: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Instructor: Diane Zipoli, LICSW
Dates: 9/5, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 11/7, 12/12, 1/16, 2/13, 3/13, 4/17*

*Snow day, make-up class as needed

Location

Simmons College School of Social Work
300 The Fenway
Palace Road Building, Room P-304E
Boston, MA, 02115

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Please note: SIFI is a series. Supervisors must attend at least 80% of the sessions. You should plan to attend all meetings (you cannot switch back and forth between the two).

You will receive a confirmation email along with directions to the College and parking options closer to September. If you have any questions feel free to call the Field Education Department at 617/521-3943.

Southern Connecticut State University

All classes will be held in Room 306 of the Adanti Student Center, corner of Fitch Street and Crescent Street, SCSU Campus. Please note: you may park in Lot 9 on Farnham Ave. or in the Wintergreen Garage on Wintergreen Ave.

Wednesdays, 9:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Dates: 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 2/6, 3/6

Thursdays, 1:00 PM — 4:00 PM

Dates: 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 2/7, 3/7

For registration details, please contact Diane Michaelsen, LCSW, LADC.

Springfield College

Springfield College School of Social Work will offer a seminar series on field instruction during academic year 2018-2019.

Springfield, MA. SIFI is held on Fridays at the Brennan Center Campus located at 45 Island Pond Road in Springfield, MA

Springfield, MA. FRIDAYS: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Brennan Center at 45 Island Pond Road, Springfield, MA
Dates: 9/14, 10/5, 10/19, 11/16, 12/14, 2/8, 3/8, 3/29 (4/12 makeup date)

Worcester, MA. THURSDAYS: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: 26 Queen Street, Conference Room #1 Worcester, MA 01610
Dates: 9/13, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 12/13, 2/14, 3/14, 3/28, (4/11 makeup date)

Meriden, CT. THURSDAYS: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: United Way of Meriden and Wallingford. 35 Pleasant Street, Meriden, CT 06450
Dates: 9/13, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 12/13, 2/14, 3/14, 3/28, (4/11 makeup date)

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.

  • Receive 16 CEUs (must attend a minimum of 7 of the 8 sessions to meet the completion and CEU requirements).
  • May access the School of Social Work Field Practicum Manual available online to Field Supervisors.
  • Receive the seminar and reading packets free of charge and provided at each session
  • Receive a certificate of completion, awarded by the School of Social Work after completion of the CEU attendance and requirements.

Please click on the following link (or cut and paste in browser) to register for the Springfield, Worcester or Meriden site location, and to view additional details about the course:

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If you would like additional information about SIFI, please call Michele Mariani, Field Office Administrative Assistant at 413-748-3064.

University of Connecticut

If you have never supervised an MSW student you are required to register for SIFI. In order to register for SIFI you must have a student from the UConn MSW program. UConn holds 5 slots for other schools, once the slots are full, we will not be able to take on anymore.

An Orientation for all field instructors and task supervisors either who are new to our School or who are supervising an MSW student for the first time will be held on Friday, September 7, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Hartford Public Library in the Center for Contemporary Culture (CCC). We look forward to meeting with you and to reviewing our program with you.

First Time Field Instructors: All field instructors who have never before supervised an MSW student are required to take the Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI), a fourteen-hour seminar (5 sessions). The first session of the seminar will be offered on Friday, Sept. 7th, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon, following the Orientation mentioned above. This session will provide an opportunity for you to meet your SIFI instructor and your Seminar classmates and counts as one of the five required sessions.

  • Section 1: Wednesdays, Hartford Campus
    Dates: 9/7 (session one, see above), 9/19, 10/17, 11/14, 12/12
    Time: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 A.M.
  • Section 2: Thursdays, Hartford Campus
    Dates: 9/7 (session one, see above), 9/20, 10/18, 11/15, 12/13
    Time: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 A.M.
  • Section 3: Fridays, Middletown CVH Beers Hall First Floor, 1000 Silver Street, Middletown, CT 06457
    Dates: 9/7 (session one at Hartfor Campus, see above), 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/14
    Time: 9:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.

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NOTICE: The dates on this calendar are subject to revision and change by the Administration of the School of Social Work at the University of Connecticut.

MAKEUP DATE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2019

Our school has a reciprocal SIFI arrangement with the New York and New England schools of social work. If it is more convenient for you to take this seminar at one of the other schools, please email the Field Education Office at sswfielded@uconn.edu to let them know where you will be taking the course.

The Seminar provides an opportunity for learning and a forum for the mutual exchange of ideas and concerns related to acquiring the role, knowledge and skills of field teaching. A certificate is awarded for successful completion of the course. This certificate is recognized by our School as well as by schools of social work throughout the New England Region.

School of Social Work Policy on CECs: Any field instructor who wishes to receive CECs for the SIFI must attend 100% of the 14 hour seminar, complete an application and pay a $15.00 recording fee on line. Attendance is taken at each session.

In order to receive a certificate (but not the CECs) you must attend 80% of the total number of hours of the seminar.

University of New England

Field Instructor orientation
Sept 28 / 8:30 – 10:30 am / UNE North building, Forest Ave, Portland, Maine

SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) and PCOMS (Partners for Change Management System)
Prof Development Training for FIs
Sept 28 / 10:45 – 2:30 pm / UNE North building, Forest Ave, Portland, Maine

Diversity and Ethics in Working with Older People
Prof Development Training for FIs
Nov 30 / 12:00 – 4:00 / Portland Campus, Hannaford Hall, Pharmacy Building

Annual Social Justice Seminar (Topic TBD)
Social justice issues in work with older people, ageism and end of life care.
Prof Development Training for FIs
March 29 / 8:30 – 12:30 / Portland Campus, Innovation Hall

For registration details, please contact Kelli Fox, Assoc. Program Director.