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Seminars in Field Education

To register for these seminars, click "Seminar Registration Form" in the left navigation.

Note: space limits us to 25 participants per session.

All seminars will be held on the Rhode Island College campus. Spring semester locations to be determined.

Building a Strong Internship Foundation: Development of the Learning Contract

Facilitator: Mary McLaughlin, MSW
Friday, September 19, 2014
9:00a.m-12:00p.m. (3 CEUs)
Location: School of Social Work, Building 9, Room A02

The internship is an integral part of Social Work education, and should provide benefits to organizations as well. This workshop outlines a process for developing and implementing a mutually beneficial internship program, getting started, setting mutual expectations, and working with a variety of learning styles,   Field instructors will learn how to develop a plan that allows both students and agencies to get the most out of the internship experience. Included will be a discussion of the learning contract which serves to outline learning activities and measure outcomes. This will be an experiential workshop, therefore please be ready to share ideas and exemplars from your supervisory experience.

*The learning contract can be downloaded from the School of Social Work website.

Tools of Supervision

Facilitator: Mimi Mumm, LICSW, Ph.D.
Friday, October 17, 2014
9:00am - 12:00pm (3 CEUs)
Location:  School of Social Work, Building 9, Room A02

Want to energize your current supervision practices?  This 3 hour workshop will discuss the functions of supervision and focus primarily on clinical supervision; helping students see how they impact the helping process.   We will discuss using lecture, discussion, reading material, process recordings, videotaping, audiotaping to help student increase and improve their social work skills and their awareness of themselves as a helper.

Participants in this training will:

  1. increase the supervision  tools they have at their disposal;
  2. understand the use of these tools; and
  3. improve their ability to help students explore difficult topics related to transference and countertransference.

This will be an interactive workshop. Come prepared to model supervision techniques, reflect on process recordings, and discuss difficulties in supervision

Evaluating the Student with Metryx online software

Facilitator: Jayashree Nimmagadda, MSW, Ph.D.
Friday, November 14, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (3 CEUs)
Location:   School of Social Work, Building 9,  Room A02

In this workshop, discuss the evaluation of interns, data collection, and assessment of student learning.   New this year: field instructors will be asked to submit evaluations electronically.  There will be a demonstration of the online evaluation process with Metryx.

Ethical Issues in Field Instruction

Facilitator: Frederic (Rick) Reamer, Ph.D.
Friday,  December 5th, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (3 Ethics CEUs)
Location: 110 Alger Hall  (Building 19, Assembly Hall)

This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of ethical and liability issues that should be addressed in field instruction. Participants will be provided with a typology that can be used to develop meaningful learning experiences for students. Topics such as social work challenges in the digital age, confidentiality, clients' rights to self-determination, informed consent, boundary issues, violating the law or agency policy, whistle blowing, ethical decision making, documentation and malpractice risks will be covered. Participants are encouraged to bring their own disguised case material.

This seminar is offered in conjunction with the New England Consortium of Field Education Directors (NECON) and is open to field instructors from all member schools.

Working with BSW Interns: Junior Year Orientation

Facilitator: Wendy Becker, MSW, Ph.D.
Friday, February 6, 2015
9:00am - 12:00pm (3 CEUs)
Location:  School of Social Work, Building 9, Room A02

Undergraduate social work students complete a 3-semester field placement that begins in the spring of the junior year.  This seminar is designed to clarify expectations in the junior year orientation semester:  suggestions on how to orient interns to the field setting; expectations for students in the 80-hour junior spring semester; coaching students with the field contract; structuring supervision; communicating with the faculty advisor; evaluating the BSW junior at the end of the semester; and preparing for senior year.  Newly admitted BSW juniors will begin their field experience in February.  BSW field instructors and those considering the opportunity are welcome.

Mindfulness in Field Supervision

Facilitator: Mildred Bates, DSW
Friday, March 20, 2015
9:00am - 12:00pm (3 CEUs)
Location:  School of Social Work, Building 9, Room A02

Students are a high demand component of the field instructors' day. They often bring to the field placement stressful lives, high anxiety about their role in the field, and an altruistic desire to be of help. Research supports mindfulness as stress-relieving and as a helpful component of training in social work and other helping professions. Mindfulness cultivates the capacities for nonjudgmental awareness, acceptance, non-reactivity and compassion, which are closely related to the core conditions for helping. This workshop defines mindfulness, examines its role in stress-reduction and in training, and offers ways for the supervisor to help students develop qualities of mindfulness in their field practice. Open to supervisors of all social work students.

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