Field Educator

Articles from Vol. 1, No. 1, Fall

Award-Winning Field Instructors
Joseph Scalise and Tammy Muskat are the 2010 winners of the North American Network of Field Educators and Directors (NANFED) Heart of Social Work Award. This annual award recognizes excellence in field instruction.Joseph Scalise, MSW, has forty years...
Experiential Learning in Preparation for Field Placement
As Aristotle said, "The things we have to learn before we do them, we learn by doing them." Prior to entering placement, social work students often experience anxiety about effectively dealing with problems and challenges in field (Warren, 2005). Further,...
Field Placement Disruptions: The CIA Approach
The placement process involves thoughtful collaboration between field departments and affiliated agencies; students are offered thorough orientation and a careful matching process including interviews with field faculty, as needed, and with the selected...
From the Editor
Welcome to the Field Educator ! The Field Educator is an open access journal dedicated to the exchange of knowledge between field educators in academia and in the practice community. Field is the heart of social work education, and has been designated...
Inauguration of Simmons School of Social Work Trauma Training Project
Research findings suggest that one in four children in the United States are exposed to at least one potentially traumatic event by age sixteen; and, many experience multiple or repeated traumas (Costello, Erkanli, Frank & Angold, 2002). Given the...
In Defense of Process
The social work field is currently focused on goal achievement, competence and evidence-based practice. We must not underestimate the importance of process. Becoming a social worker, being a field instructor and developing a collaborative relationship...
MSW Student Field Readiness: "Boot Camp"
The California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) MSW Program, one of seven MSW programs in the greater Los Angeles area, began in the fall of 2007. One of the new Field Director's first goals was to invite seasoned field instructors to form a Field...
Placements in Social Justice Education
As the retrenchment of resources for social services undermines the ability of agencies to offer placement to social work interns, the development of new placements is a major concern of field educators. Field sites integrating micro and macro social...
Questions for Reflection
Reflection is a process of people "exploring their understanding of what they are doing, why they are doing it, and the impact it has on themselves and others" (Boud, 1999, p. 123). Reflection can help increase students' awareness of their own thoughts,...
Readiness for Field: What Do Field Instructors Think?
Faculty members at the undergraduate social work department at Johnson C. Smith University were concerned about the readiness of their students for field placements. Students are assigned to a block placement in the spring semester of their senior year....
Recent Articles of Note
Staying current with scholarship enriches the work of field educators: it teaches us innovative ways to solve perennial field problems, suggests new readings for field seminars, keeps us abreast of current debates in social work education, and even inspires...
Students and Field Instructors in Ongoing Supervision Groups
Students' participation in ongoing supervision groups made up of agency staff and/or volunteers is likely to be an increasing phenomenon as stretched resources make group supervision more common. Including students in ongoing groups presents benefits...
The Reflecting Team in Supervision of Social Work Interns
The Reflecting Team is a process by which a team of family therapists can share their reflections with a family being interviewed by other therapists. The comments build on the reflections of other team members. The reflections are not meant to be pronouncements;...
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