Academic journal article Field Educator

A Tribute to Carolyn Du Bois

Academic journal article Field Educator

A Tribute to Carolyn Du Bois

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Field education trailblazer Carolyn du Bois retired from her role as Director of Field Work at Smith College School for Social Work (SCSSW) this past January. Carolyn’s tenure at SCSSW lasted over 30 years, most of which was spent as the Director. She was indeed one of the longest serving Field Directors in New England, a leader in NECON, and was known for her tenacious belief in the centrality of field education in professional clinical social work training. Over the span of three decades, Carolyn expanded Smith’s national field program and oversaw many significant changes in response to a growing program, changing times, and feedback. She trained and supervised a cadre of faculty field advisors and worked diligently with agency directors of training and supervisors to create high quality internships so students would receive outstanding professional training that reflected the needs of clients across the country. Carolyn was instrumental in creating the very successful Supervision Certificate Program due to her commitment to supervision training and concern that social work graduates were not getting sufficient clinical supervision post-graduation.

Carolyn was the Field Director when the SCSSW adopted its anti-racism commitment more than 20 years ago. Carolyn worked tirelessly to ensure that all aspects of field curriculum incorporated an anti-racism lens, including spearheading the unique 2 year anti-racism field assignment, which is still part of the curriculum today. …

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