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Seminars in Field Education

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Note: space limits us to 25 participants per session.

All seminars will be held on the Rhode Island College campus.

Building a Strong Internship Foundation: Development of the Learning Contract

Facilitator: Mary McLaughlin, MSW
Friday, September 11, 2015
9:00a.m-12:00p.m. (3 CEUs)
Location: School of Social Work, Building 9

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.

Evidence-based Treatment of Child and Adolescent Trauma

Facilitator: Daniel Harvey, MSW
Friday, September 25, 2015
9:00am - 12:00pm (3 CEUs)
Location:  School of Social Work, Building 9

The Trauma Informed Collaborative Care Education (TICCE) Project presents a unique opportunity for MSW students in their advanced year (clinical concentration) to receive education and training in trauma-informed care with youth aging out of foster care.   Field instructors of this cohort as well as other interested field instructors should register for this training in the TICCE model.

“We Don’t Do Policy Here”: Inspiring Action in the Field

Facilitator: Jennifer Meade, Ph.D., MSW
Friday, October 2, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (3 CEUs)
Location:   School of Social Work, Building 9

Macro social work may not be your daily focus, but when we come together, we see how the political climate, local budgets and changes in medical care and educational mandates impact all Rhode Islanders as well as the clients we serve. Do you wish you could attend to macro issues … organize a group of constituents, write a grant, develop internal policies, or evaluate programs? Let’s look at opportunities to mobilize your interns and effect policy change in your setting!

Evaluating the Student with Metryx Online Software

Facilitator: Jennifer Meade, Ph.D., MSW
Friday, November 13, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (3 CEUs)
Location:   School of Social Work, Building 9

Evaluating student goals and objectives through the learning contract is one of the best opportunities we have to teach students in the field. Field instructors are required to submit evaluations on student interns by Friday, December 7th using Metryx online software. This workshop will stress the need for a collaborative effort, and convey techniques to help students and field instructors learn from the evaluation experience. In addition, we will discuss data collection, and assessment of student learning. 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 4, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (3 Ethics CEUs)
Location: Room 110, Alger Hall

This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of ethical and liability issues, including how we should be preparing interns for their future practice in the digital age, the challenges of technology, challenges to confidentiality in the era of smartphones, and the current and potential future legal challenges.

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 5, 2016
9:00am - 12:00pm (3 CEUs)
Location:  School of Social Work, Building 9

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.

Cultural Competency in Field Practice

Facilitator: Paula Coutinho, MSW and Mary McLaughlin, MSW
Friday, March 11, 2016
9:00am - 12:00pm (3 CEUs - diversity)
Location:  School of Social Work, Building 9

Identifying, understanding and celebrating diversity is a cornerstone of social work practice. This seminar will help field instructors design tasks to help students develop culturally competent practice skills. The focus will be on how self-awareness informs practice as well as discovery of client differences as an opportunity to learn. Techniques will be discussed regarding how to challenge students to take on all aspects regarding issues of diversity.

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