Academic journal article Field Educator

News from the Field Council

Academic journal article Field Educator

News from the Field Council

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First, many thanks to Emmie Homonoff, Editor of the Field Educator, for inviting me to share information regarding the CSWE Council on Field Education (COFE) through this important electronic venue! My goal is to help inform readers of Field Council and related CSWE activities.

The Council is made up of a wonderful and diverse group of dedicated field directors representing all regions of the US. Members are appointed to a three-year term with potential for one reappointment for six years maximum service. The process of nomination to CSWE Councils and Commissions will move online this year with the call going out to the membership soon. Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague to the Field Council or another commission or council of interest. Good people are always needed.

A primary focus for COFE this year will continue to be EPAS 2015. Between November 1 and December 31, 2013 feedback was collected from the COFE membership on suggested changes to Draft #1. These suggestions were compiled and forwarded to the COEP (Commission on Educational Policy) and COA (Commission on Accreditation) for their consideration. In a nutshell, the newly revised explicit curriculum (competencies and practice behaviors) is supported with some relatively minor word change suggestions. Within the implicit curriculum and resource allocation section in particular, the COFE membership has requested additional language that requires the reporting of field education program resources of time, personnel and technology as well as a field faculty/staff to student ratio. Ideally this will be included in both the educational policy and accreditation standard sections of the document. I represented COFE at meetings in January where our collective suggestions were well received. …

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